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Advocates for Long Island Sound Present Report on its Health

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Advocates for Long Island Sound Present Report on its Health  (photo: Jbellin171, Wikimedia Commons

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Federal and State agencies, university researchers, and nonprofit groups have produced an assessment of the Long Island Sound's health. 

The results were compiled by University of Maryland researchers and nonprofit groups and will be presented on Monday. Researchers reviewed water quality factors in the Sound, Norwalk Harbor and New York's Inner Hempstead Harbor.

In some ways, Long Island Sound is cleaner than 20 years ago, but advocates say more must be done.

The commercial fishing industry generated more than 800 Connecticut jobs in 2010, generating an economic output of more than $65 million. The Sound's basin includes 921,000 protected acres providing recreational activities for more than 9 million people in surrounding communities. 

Federal and state officials and others will present the report at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Sherwood Island State Park's Nature Center in Westport.