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Sen. Murphy: Despite Threats From Trump Administration, LI Sound Preservation To Continue

Anthony Moaton

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says he’s confident there will be federal funding for the cleanup of Long Island Sound despite attempts by the Trump Administration to defund the program.

Murphy, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, says he’s happy his committee was able to stop President Trump’s proposal to cut the EPA budget by 30% and eliminate federal funding for the Long Island Sound program.

“So, $4 million a year appropriated to that fund, president proposes zeroing it out. Which makes the end result even more remarkable. The final appropriations bill didn’t eliminate the Long Island Sound fund, it doubled its funding. So the Long Island Sound Program this year will have $8 million.”

Murphy says the extra federal money will go to wildlife habitat restoration. He gave the assurance standing on the shores of Long Island Sound in Greenwich, CT. He was joined by Soundkeeper Bill Lucey and the director of conservation for the town of Greenwich, Denise Savageau.

Anthony Moaton is a former fellow at WSHU.