$100 million in federal funds to go toward restoring, preserving Long Island Sound

With the passage of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal last week, $106 million has been allocated to restore and preserve Long Island Sound. The $106 million will supplement the Long Island Sound Geographic Program, which supports the Long Island Sound Study. The study is funded by federal and state dollars through a joint effort from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Connecticut Sea Grant and New York Sea Grant, and it focuses on improving water quality and restoring the Sound’s ecological balance, among other initiatives. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will manage Connecticut’s share of the money, though it has not been determined yet how much of the funding the state will receive. Organizations and municipalities will be able to apply for grants.


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