Sen. Murphy tours Norwalk oyster farm

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy on Thursday toured an oyster farm in Norwalk to learn more about the shellfish industry. The visit came days after the

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy toured the Copps Island Oysters in Norwalk to learn more about the shellfish industry.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy toured the Copps Island Oysters in Norwalk to learn more about the shellfish industry. (5/5/16)

NORWALK - U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy on Thursday toured an oyster farm in Norwalk to learn more about the shellfish industry.

The visit came days after the senator released his Long Island Sound investment plan, in which he called for ways to clean and preserve the body of water.

According to Murphy, keeping the Sound clean is important to protect businesses such as Copps Island Oysters in Norwalk. He says a report released by environmental program Harbor Watch gave Norwalk Harbor a "C+" rating due to pollutants in the water.

The senator is now asking for a 10 to 15 percent increase in federal funds to protect the Sound. Part of his plan would include reducing nitrogen levels and ocean acidity to improve water quality.

Murphy adds that there are nearly 79,000 jobs that depend on the Long Island Sound -- jobs that may be threatened if the shellfish and other species there decrease.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Scholar Athlete: Nick Vanbelle
The rainfall in Stratford has yet to cause 2 Rain, wind not causing trouble on roads in Fairfield
Kevin Cerulo, a salesman for Cablevision, says he 3 Cablevision salesman saves elderly woman
The fire started on Bond Street Monday morning. 4 Eight people displaced after fire in Bridgeport
The nor'easter brought strong winds and possible flooding 5 Milford first responders prepared as nor'easter hits

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE