Sending Office: Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
Sent By:
Christian.Lovell@mail.house.gov

Support Funding for the Long Island Sound

Current Cosigners: DeLauro, Zeldin, Suozzi, Esty, Crowley, Payne, Engel, Himes 

DEADLINE: March 14, 2018

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in asking the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee to fully fund Long Island Sound restoration efforts at $10 million for FY 2019.

The Sound is a national treasure whose watershed covers all or part of six states.  Because of its significant and unique ecological and economic value, Long Island Sound was one of the first three estuaries recognized in 1985 under the National Estuary
Program.  More than twenty-five million citizens live within an hour drive of its shores, and the resulting development has led to increasingly poor ecosystem health.  Despite these challenges, the Sound contributes at least $17 billion to the regional economy
from commercial and recreational fishing, ecotourism and other water dependent businesses. 

If you would like to sign your boss onto this letter, please contact Christian Lovell (christian.lovell@mail.house.gov) in Rep. DeLauro’s office, Kevin Dowling (kevin.dowling@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Zeldin’s office, or Conor Walsh (conor.walsh@mail.house.gov)
in Rep. Suozzi’s office.

Sincerely,

Rosa L. DeLauro                                Lee Zeldin                               Thomas R. Suozzi

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress              Member of Congress

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Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

As you consider the wide range of requests related to protecting America’s natural resources, we respectfully urge your continued support for restoration of Long Island Sound. We appreciate your commitment to safeguarding and restoring the water quality
and diverse habitats of the Sound in previous fiscal years, and look forward to your continued attention to the great needs facing this Nationally Significant Estuary.  For FY 2019, we respectfully request that the Long Island Sound be funded at $10 million,
the funding level included in the Interior Appropriations bill approved by the House in July 2016. This level of funding is critical to protecting and restoring this national treasure, and is essential to translate an emerging nitrogen pollution plan into
action.  

The Sound is a national treasure whose watershed covers all or part of six states.  Because of its significant and unique ecological and economic value, Long Island Sound was one of the first three estuaries recognized in 1985 under the National Estuary
Program.  More than twenty-five million citizens live within an hour drive of its shores, and the resulting development has led to increasingly poor ecosystem health.  Despite these challenges, the Sound contributes at least $17 billion to the regional economy
from commercial and recreational fishing, ecotourism and other water dependent businesses. 

With federal leadership and this important funding, a strong partnership has been forged among federal, state, and local agencies as well as regional and local stakeholders to coordinate the natural resource and watershed management activities around Long
Island Sound.  As part of this effort, the States, Counties and municipalities of Connecticut and New York have invested hundreds of millions of their taxpayer dollars to restore the Sound’s water quality and protect its coastal resources. The federal government
investment will allow local towns and the states to identify and begin the most efficient and cost- effective actions to reduce this threat.

Congress has also recognized the importance of the Sound with two important Authorizations.  The Long Island Sound Restoration Act, created as part of the Estuaries and Clean Waters Act of 2000 and reauthorized in 2005, authorizes up to $40 million to help
protect and restore the environmentally and economically vital resources of the Sound.  Congress reiterated its recognition of the Sound’s importance in 2006 with the enactment of the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act, which authorizes up to $25 million per
year to establish a public/private effort to identify, protect, and enhance the habitats throughout the Sound with significant biological, scientific, or recreational value. Investments in implementing the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act present an important
opportunity for the Environmental Protection Agency to further its work along the Sound in a collaborative, non-regulatory manner with state and local conservation programs. The resulting framework for land protection activities benefits Long Island Sound,
but also can serve as a national model for such partnerships.

To ensure the mission of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Acts are not threatened by mounting environmental pressures, we believe it very important to support the Sound at $10 million in FY 2019.   Therefore, we are requesting your support
for $10 million in funding for the Long Island Sound.  We recognize the difficult budgetary constraints facing the Committee at this time and appreciate your efforts towards protecting the Long Island Sound for current and future generations.

We look forward to working with you both towards the successful restoration of Long Island Sound.

Sincerely,

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