- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is leading a seafloor mapping project that will produce highly detailed images of eastern Long Island Sound from a ship in Connecticut.

The Day reports (https://bit.ly/1LKaJcD ) the project is part of a multi-agency project scheduled to conclude later this month.

An assistant administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service says the maps are created using side-scan sonar technology that sends out waves to determine the contours of the seafloor.

A chief scientist on the New London-based vessel Nancy Foster says the maps show a refined picture of the sea floor along with precise dimensions of the structures.

Officials say the maps will be valuable in developing the state’s first “Blue Plan” intended to help guide future uses of the Long Island Sound seafloor.

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