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$2.6 million in grants awarded to improve the health of Long Island Sound

Top federal and state environmental officials from New England and New York announced 35 grants totaling $2.6 million to local state and local government and community groups to improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound.

Top federal and state environmental officials from New England and New York announced 35 grants totaling $2.6 million to local state and local government and community groups to improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound. Twenty grants totaling $1.4 million benefit Connecticut. Three grants totaling $250,000 benefit Massachusetts and Vermont.

The activities funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) show how projects led by local groups and communities make a big difference in improving water quality and restoring habitat around the Long Island Sound watershed, the organization said. This grant program combines funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

“EPA has a longstanding commitment to help protect and restore Long Island Sound, which provides numerous environmental benefits and economic and recreational opportunities,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Dennis Deziel. “These grants will help reduce impacts on the Sound from sources like stormwater and marine debris, which are priority issues for our agency.”

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