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Representatives Israel, Zeldin and DeLauro Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect and Restore Long Island Sound

June 25, 2015
Press Release

Washington – Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY), Lee Zeldin (R - NY) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), members of the House Long Island Sound Caucus, announced today that they introduced bipartisan legislation, The Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act, to protect and restore the Long Island Sound.

The Long Island Sound is a diverse ecosystem with more than 170 species of fish, over 1,200 invertebrates and many different species of migratory birds. Additionally, the Long Island Sound is home to more than 4 million people living in coastal communities around the Sound. Revenue generated by the Sound in the Long Island region from activities such as sport and commercial fishing, boating, recreation and tourism, is estimated to bring in over $8 billion a year.

In recent years, the Long Island Sound has suffered severely from issues such as pollution. The Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act ensures the Sound is protected and restored for generations to come by authorizing $65 million in funding per year through 2020 for a water quality and shore restoration program and additional focus, oversight and coordination of federal activities related to the restoration of the Long Island Sound.

“If my congressional district was a factory town, Long Island Sound would be the factory, generating more than $5.2 billion in direct wages and supporting at least 190,000 jobs,” said Congressman Steve Israel, lead Democratic sponsor of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act. “As Chair of Congress’ Long Island Sound Caucus, I have no greater local environmental and economic priority than getting this passed and signed by the President.”

“I am proud to help lead the effort in the United States House to pass the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin, lead Republican sponsor of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act. “This legislation is necessary to help protect the Long Island Sound; an essential environmental resource that is so important to the life, culture and economy of Long Island.”

“Long Island Sound is a regional and a national treasure, as well as a critical economic, recreational, and environmental resource,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. “We have a responsibility to ensure its protection and preservation. As co-chair of the Congressional Long Island Sound Caucus, I will continue to fight for the funding needed to preserve this pristine, beautiful and vibrant ecosystem so that generations of Americans can continue to enjoy it.”

New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D – NY), Charles Schumer (D – NY), and Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal (D – CT) and Chris Murphy (D – NY) have introduced a companion bill in the United States Senate (S.1674).

You can read the bill text here: PDF iconLong Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act.pdf