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Blumenthal: More Funding Required For Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound Connecticut Coast
Joelle Cyr
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WSHU
Long Island Sound Connecticut Coast

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called for $30 million in funding for Long Island Sound after a report showed low water quality throughout the area.

“We need to set a pattern of investing in Long Island Sound," Blumenthal said. "It ought to be bipartisan. Because truly everybody who enjoys Long Island Sound deserves not just this $30 million investment, but more and more over succeeding years.”

More than half of the 50 points examined received low grades in the environmental group Save the Sound’s latest annual report. The group gave five segments in Connecticut a grade of ‘D plus’ or lower.

Blumenthal and fellow U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut asked the Senate Appropriations Committee for the funding. It would include funding to improve wastewater treatment plants and deal with pollution from storm water runoff.