(WTNH) — Senator Richard Blumenthal is pushing to save Plum Island.
Blumenthal met with other lawmakers, including some from New York, as well as environmental groups to talk about the importance of preserving the more than 800-acre island.
The island is located right at the end of the Long Island Sound, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, which is about eight miles off of our shores. Currently, the federal government owns the island and is looking to sell it to the highest bidder once the Animal Disease Center is relocated to Kansas in the year 2021.
Eighty-five percent of the island has no construction and Blumenthal wants to keep it that way.
“What I strongly oppose is the development of this island, a pristine, precious resource for a Trump Towers or high-rise development. This island is a stopover for hundreds of bird species,” said Blumenthal.
Blumenthal said in the best case scenario if his legislation gets backing, is that the island not only be a wildlife refuge, but also a state or national park, so people can enjoy it, too.
He said the citizens of both Connecticut and New York need to speak up and support the bill in order for it to pass.