Lowey Announces Passage of $21M for Long Island Sound
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced $21 million in funding for Long Island Sound was included in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill passed December 17 by the House of Representatives.
“I first ran for Congress on the promise that I would do all I could to restore Long Island Sound,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I am thrilled that year after year, we’ve made progress on that promise. Today, the House passed spending legislation that included $21 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Long Island Sound Geographic program, a $7 million increase. I’m proud of this investment to protect the Sound and assist the local economy.”
“Thank you to Chairwoman Lowey for leading the effort to increase investments for the restoration of Long Island Sound,” said Nancy Seligson, Mamaroneck Town Supervisor, Save The Sound Board Member. “This funding supports and leverages state and local projects for resilient, sustainable and environmentally just communities and provides the scientific research and data needed to effectively manage for cleaner, healthier waters. With these investments, Long Island Sound, its rivers, harbors, and bays will continue to provide fishing, boating, swimming and up to $31 billion annually to the regional economy. Congresswoman Nita Lowey has been a shining leader in Congress and a stalwart champion for our region. Her leadership on funding for and restoration of Long Island Sound has shaped the improvements we enjoy today and will shape the improvements we look forward to in the future.”
Federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Geographic Program is vital to our regional economy, our environment, and the communities that rely on it. The Long Island Sound Geographic Program focuses on reducing nitrogen levels in the Sound’s water and restoring the surrounding habitats. Long Island Sound has sustained a diversity of birds, wildlife and marine organisms, while also serving as a recreational magnet for tens of thousands of Americans. More than 23 million people live within 50 miles of its shores. According to the Long Island Sound Study, the Sound alone directly contributes $9.4 billion to the regional economy each year and provides between $17 billion and $37 billion in economic value each year.
“We only get one planet,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “If we don’t invest resources now to protect areas like Long Island Sound, our children and grandchildren will be left to deal with the consequences.”
Federal investments in Long Island Sound help leverage additional funding from other federal, state, local, and private partners.