U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Grant Money Awarded For Long Island Sound Projects

Nov 16, 2017
Joelle Schrock / WSHU

$1.29 million in grants has been awarded to 20 different local government and community groups to help improve the Long Island Sound ecosystem.

The projects are funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund. The grant money comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The grants have been leveraged for an additional $1.1 million.

As part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Connecticut has taken steps to ensure that its PCB waste will be properly disposed of in the future.

The federal agency claimed that the school improperly dumped contaminated waste during a 2013 renovation project at its Storrs campus.

The university disposed of the waste containing polychlorinated biphenyls during a window replacement project. The EPA lists PCBs as probable carcinogens.

JD Allen

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and dozens of Long Island elected officials are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the Army Corp of Engineers’ plan to continue to dump dredged materials into Long Island Sound for the next 30 years.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new study says one-third of all the tidal wetlands that surround Long Island Sound have disappeared since the 1880s. The Environmental Protection Agency calls the loss staggering.

A long-simmering dispute over dumping dredged materials from rivers and harbors into Long Island Sound has flared up again with a new federal plan to govern disposal sites.

Connecticut backs the disposal of materials in designated areas while New York state and environmental activists are calling for the reuse of sediments. Four sites in the Sound are used for disposal, with two set to close by April unless a management plan is approved, said Jean Brochi, a Long Island Sound project manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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