(photo) Sen. Hwang applauds $$ for CT climate resiliency / L.I. Sound protection

December 5, 2023

For Immediate Release

Sen. Hwang Applauds Federal Grants to
Protect and Restore Long Island Sound

Sen. Tony Hwang today applauded the announcement of federal funding for a variety of projects to protect the Long Island Sound and incorporate climate resiliency measures in Connecticut. A total of $12 million from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund program, along with $8 million in matching funds, will benefit 39 projects in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Projects include the installation of a living shoreline, development of public green space on the waterfront, nitrogen pollution prevention, and funds to remove invasive plants. A full list of the grants can be seen here.

“The Long Island Sound is an essential component of our natural environmental habitat, human and animal sustainability and our economic vitality.  We have an important social responsibility to protect and preserve it,” Sen. Hwang said. “As a long-time champion of environmental initiatives, I thank our federal congressional delegation for their advocacy on this issue, and I will continue to work with stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels to improve the Sound and strengthen coastal resilience against climate change’s impact.”

Sen. Hwang supported local municipalities to establish a climate change and coastal resiliency reserve fund to pay for property losses, capital projects, and studies related to climate change mitigation. Wildlife management was another legislative priority as evidenced by the passage of a bill to protect migrating birds from artificial night lights. Sen. Hwang joined bipartisan support for the Seabird and Shorebird Protection Program, which allows the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to designate and identify protected areas for sea and shore birds on state-owned public property within the state’s coastline. Sen. Hwang has been featured as an “Environmental Champion” on Connecticut League of Conservation Voters’ annual Scorecard for many years.