LI Sound plan proposes 20 targets to boost protections

LI Sound plan proposes 20 targets to boost protections.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A plan to restore and protect Long Island Sound includes proposed 20 targets, such as reducing by 50 percent beach closings due to sewage.

The Long Island Sound Study recently released a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Its goals include improved water clarity, restored coastal wetlands, increased open space and reduced plastic debris.

EPA New England Regional Administrator Curt Spalding says the plan outlines actions on climate change and pollution management.

Other targets include increasing to 75 percent the area of vegetation within 300 feet of streams and lakes and restoring and conserving coastal habitat in Connecticut and New York.

The plan was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and nonprofit and community groups and businesses.

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