Long Island Sound: Issues, Resources, Status, and Management

by J. R. Schubel, State Univ of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA,
D. W. Pritchard, State Univ of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Long Island Sound estuary is an unusual and complex estuary which probably serves more people than any other estuary in the United States. In spite of the enormous and varied stresses imposed by society, most of Long Island Sound is relatively healthy. Only the western end and a number of tributary estuaries are seriously degraded. The major challenge facing managers is the design and development of a plan to allocate uses and to ensure that they can be sustained. A major challenge for the several levels of government concerned with the health and effective use of the Sound is to ensure that the knowledge of the complex physical, chemical and biological interactions which control the character of the Sound, and of the complex societal interactions among the various user groups, required for the effective design and development of such a plan, is made available to the managers.

Subject Headings: Resource management | Islands | Managers | Water pollution | Estuaries | Sustainable development | Government | Chemicals | New York | United States | Connecticut

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