Rep. Zeldin Announces New Environmental Victories for NY-1
Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus and a founding member of the bipartisan Congressional Estuary Caucus, announced today that new legislation (H.R. 244), which was recently passed by Congress and signed by the President, includes several key environmental wins for Long Island, such as:
- $8 million for the Long Island Sound Program, an increase by over $4 million;
- $26.7 million for the National Estuary Program, which includes two Long Island estuaries of national significance- Long Island Sound and Peconic;
- $72.5 million for the National Sea Grant College Program;
- $5.3 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science; and
- $306 million for ARPA-E, an increase of $15 million.
Long Island Sound Program: Funds water quality and wetlands restoration for the Long Island Sound, as well as other local conservation projects to restore local beaches and protect wildlife.
National Estuary Program: Funds state and local programs to promote water quality and wetland restoration. This program serves both the Long Island Sound and Peconic Estuary.
National Sea Grant College Program: Sea Grant works with local producers to grow and sustain their business models while connecting them to local resources to share best practices. With imported seafood making up 90% of American seafood consumption, this program will work to help grow Long Island’s local seafood economy.
Department of Energy’s Office of Science: Funds laboratories throughout the nation to continue essential scientific research. Provides necessary jobs and research for Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and SUNY Stony Brook.
ARPA-E: Further funds BNL and SUNY Stony Brook to continue their cutting edge research into energy, healthcare, and other important areas.
Congressman Zeldin said, “There are so many victories for Long Island within this legislation, and the funding provided will go a long way to advance environmental protection within our district. Since taking office in 2015, I have been committed to safeguarding our local environment and natural resources. With our valuable treasures on Long Island comes a great responsibility to protect these great assets.”
In the 115th Congress, Rep. Zeldin has been working to secure these victories. In March of this year, Congressman Zeldin held a press conference on the North Fork to advocate for full funding for both the Long Island Sound Program and National Estuary Program, which you can read more about here. He also sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to oppose funding cuts to the Long Sound Program, which you can read here. In April, Congressman Zeldin co-led a bipartisan group of 69 signers in the House to send a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, calling on them to support robust and sustained funding for the DOE’s Office of Science. You can read the letter here. In addition, Rep. Zeldin led a bipartisan group of 95 members of the House asking for full support of the Sea Grant program, which you can read about here.