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Bishop Joins EPA to Announce More than 900k in Long Island Sound Grants

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Location: Setauket, NY

Congressman Tim Bishop and US Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck announced today at Childs Mansion in Old Field that 15 groups in New York will receive in Long Island Sound Futures Fund matching grants to enhance and protect Long Island Sound, with $913,202 in grants leveraging $1.6 million in recipient contributions for a total impact of over $2.5 million.

"The Long Island Sound has made great strides in recent years, and these matching federal grants leverage the local commitment to preserving and enhancing it for the future," said Congressman Tim Bishop. "The Sound deserves our strong support; it is an environmental treasure and a powerful economic engine for our region."

Long Island Sound has been designated an Estuary of National Significance for its value as a habitat for fish, shellfish, and seabirds and is also a powerful economic engine that contributes $9.5 billion-a-year to the regional economy. The Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) is a key implementation tool of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), a partnership founded in 1985 consisting of federal and state agencies, civic and environmental groups, and individuals dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sound.

Since 2005, the LISFF has awarded $8.8 million in competitively-awarded grants. With grantee match of nearly $20 million, the Fund has generated a total of almost $29 million for locally-based conservation. Grants are funded through the Long Island Sound Study, in partnership with the EPA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Congressman Bishop is the lead sponsor of the bipartisan Long Island Sound Improvement Act Amendments (H.R. 2110), which will improve and restore water quality in the Sound by providing new funding and regulatory tools for states and municipalities to protect waters throughout the Sound's watershed. Bishop also helped lead the successful effort for all areas of Long Island Sound to be designated a "No Discharge Zone" to prevent boats from releasing harmful waste.

Bishop is also the lead sponsor of the bipartisan Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act (H.R. 314), which addresses the nation's substantial needs for wastewater infrastructure by investing $13.8 billion over five years in infrastructure upgrades and establishing a clean water trust fund to provide long-term financing.

Long Island Sound Futures Fund grants are awarded in four categories: Habitat Restoration and Species Conservation, Clean Water, Education, and Water Quality. Grants impacting the First Congressional District announced today include:

HABITAT RESTORATION AND SPECIES CONSERVATION GRANTS:

The "Marine Meadows" Eelgrass Restoration Program, NY and CT
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
LISFF Grant (EPA): $95,341
Grantee Matching Funds: $97,651

Great Gull Island Management and Invasives Control Project, Town of Southold, NY
University of Connecticut
LISFF Grant (EPA and FWS): $39,865.65
Grantee Matching Funds: $33,023

CLEAN WATER GRANTS

Conscience Bay Stormwater Treatment & Wetland Enhancement, Old Field, NY
Village of Old Field
LISFF Grant (EPA Funds): $200,000
Grantee Matching Funds: $274,762

Engaging Vineyards to Implement a Stewardship Program, Town of Southold, NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
LISFF Grant (EPA Funds): $128,000
Grantee Matching Funds: $200,224

Plan for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment, North Fork, NY
Peconic Green Growth
LISFF Grant (EPA): $60,000
Grantee Matching Funds: $85,150

EDUCATION GRANTS

Student Watershed Initiative- Smithtown Bay thru Mt Sinai, NY
Friends of Flax Pond
LISFF Grant (EPA): $35,000
Grantee Matching Funds: $70,002


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