Working with representatives of multiple water protection organizations, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton helped advocate for federal funding for studies and protective measures for the Long Island Sound and its bays and harbors. All of their hard work has paid off. The new federal budget includes $14 million specifically for Long Island Sound. By comparison, previous funding was only $3 million.
The money will be used to conduct a Long Island Sound Study (a partnership between the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the States of Connecticut and New York) and projects aimed at improving this important national estuary. Funds will also support initiatives for water quality monitoring in Hempstead Harbor, restoring wetlands, collecting floating trash, removing invasive plants, installing rain gardens, and providing educational programs.
Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton thanks Long Island Sound advocates for their exceptional work, including Carol DiPaolo (Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor), Eric Swenson (Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee), David Ganim (Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District) and Heather Johnson (Friends of the Bay). Eric Swenson summed up this huge win for our waterways beautifully: “An investment in our water quality is an investment in our quality of life.”