At the same time that CSHH developed the water-quality monitoring program for Hempstead Harbor, concerns about the health of Long Island Sound gained increased attention. CSHH participated not only in the meetings and hearings that led to the completion of the Long Island Sound Study’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, but also to the planning and review meetings for the update of the management plan, which was completed in 2015. CSHH has been a member of the Long Island Sound Study’s Citizens Advisory Committee since 1992 and served for three years as chair of its Communications Subcommittee. CSHH has also participated in meetings related to the development of the Long Island Sound Nitrogen Reduction Strategy.
CSHH has also joined other members of the Long Island Sound Study’s Citizens Advisory Committee on bus rides to Washington, DC, to meet with Long Island Sound congressional reps. The purpose of those trips is to describe the work that has been done to improve water quality and habitat in Long Island Sound and to ask for support in obtaining increased federal funding for this critical national estuary.
In 2009, CSHH became a member of the newly formed Long Island Sound/New York State Sentinel Site Work Group, which was charged with addressing climate change and ways to measure the impacts on Long Island Sound. This was part of a bi-state—New York and Connecticut—approach to understanding climate-change indicators for Long Island Sound and selecting appropriate sites to measure them. In 2011, the Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change in the Long Island Sound Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems of New York and Connecticut was completed.
In 2002, CSHH was asked by the EPA Long Island Sound Study Office to plan and coordinate a Stormwater Workshop to help prepare Long Island communities to meet the requirements of the EPA Phase II Stormwater Regulations. CSHH received a grant to host the workshop, which was cosponsored by the EPA Long Island Sound Office, Long Island Sound Study, and the New York Sea Grant Program.
In 1996, CSHH initiated the creation of the Water-Monitoring Work Group, a soundwide network of environmental agencies and nonprofits connected with water-monitoring programs around Long Island Sound. The work group provided a forum for reviewing current testing parameters and for examining testing results in a broader context. Among the work group’s achievements was completion of the Long Island Sound Mapping Project (July 1998), which mapped sites monitored around Long Island Sound and identified the agencies and organizations responsible for testing. The project was funded through a grant awarded to CSHH, on behalf of the work group, by EPA/Long Island Sound Study.