Save the Sound applauds state budget funding

Mouth of the Thames River and Long Island Sound off New London and Groton, July 17, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A big win for Connecticut environmental groups, as the newly passed state budget allocates funds to support cleaner water in Long Island Sound and help to prepare for storms.

This week, the Connecticut General Assembly authorized the distribution of $140 million in grants and $238 million in low-interest loans to municipalities. This funding addressed the support deemed necessary by the Clean Water fund, which is the organization that funds waste-water treatment and sewer projects throughout the state.

These funds will be available for projects to help keep raw sewage from running into rivers and Long Island Sound, reduce nitrogen fueling into dead zones of the sound, and remove excess phosphorous that causes issues for inland water quality.

Save the Sound program Director Leah Lopez explained why this funding is so critical to their work.

“The General Assembly and Governor have proven that clean water is a state priority. These Clean Water Fund investments to remove nitrogen and phosphorus and to reduce sewage in our rivers are paired with an additional $20 million for green infrastructure projects that absorb and filter storm water to prevent flooding and pollution-all of which will result in cleaner rivers and a healthier Long Island Sound.”

Lopez continues by saying the funding will help enhance the abilities of natural ecosystems to protect communities and citizens from storm effects, such as flooding and rising sea levels.

Along with the increase of funding for water quality and safety, Connecticut has also implemented a ban on microbeads found in face scrubs, toothpaste, and hand soaps that make their way into the water.

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