Officials seek funding to protect Long Island Sound
A new proposal is asking the federal government to set aside annual funding to protect the Long Island Sound.
Officials, including Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, say preserving the Long Island Sound is critical to both the environment and the economy. They say they are pushing the Long Island Sound and Restoration Act, which calls for permanent federal funding to protect habitat along the water as well as efforts to clean it up.
"President Trump's proposal is eliminating funds that help keep the Long Island Sound clean and we just can't let happen," says Sen. Murphy.
The body of water between Connecticut and New York is home to various wildlife. Murphy says the water is also the base for creating hundreds of tourism, fishing and manufacturing jobs, which bring in billions of dollars to the state.
Many residents who use the Sound for recreational activities say it's come a long way over the last few decades. They say it would be a waste if the proposed budget cuts actually happen.
Officials say they're prepared to fight to make sure the Long Island Sound continues to prosper for many years to come.