LIS Blue Plan progresses, Old Saybrook meeting this Thurs.

December 6, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is almost done with a key part of what will eventually be the Long Island Sound Blue Plan — a state initiative to inventory the Sound’s resources and how they are used for the purpose guiding future use.

DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee has said the mapping and data collection portion of the plan is nearing an end, and maps showing ecological and human uses are in the works.

Sound users and other interested residents can give input and learn more at http://bit.ly/2nxy1gg.

A big part of developing the plan, officials have said, is ensuring that stakeholders who care about the Long Island Sound are involved in the process. The next public Blue Plan Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, in the Grady Thomas Program room.

State officials have said at previous meetings they want to protect the Sound from future projects that could damage it.

David Blatt, a DEEP official, said earlier this year that the plan can keep projects like the Broadwater Liquified Natural Gas pipeline, proposed in 2008, out of the Sound.

“Now is a good time to get its act together,” Blatt said, “to get prepared for new uses coming that could conflict with existing resources.”

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