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2006 Small Grants Projects

New York

Shellfish Restoration Program

Grantee: Coastal Steward
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions: $14,400
Total Project Costs: $19,400
Project Area: Port Jefferson and Mount Sinai Harbors, New York

The Coastal Steward will grow its shellfish restoration project to release 250,000 spawning adult oysters into to increase overall populations of oysters in sanctuaries located in Port Jefferson and Mount Sinai Harbors.

A Citizen Scientist Program Using Seabirds as Sentinels of Ecosystem Health in Long Island Sound

Grantee: Wildlife Trust
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions: $1,800
Total Project Costs: $6,800
Project Area: Beaches Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester Counties, New York

The Wildlife Trust will build on the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network by training 35 local citizen scientists to monitor 30 Long Island Sound beaches twice monthly for dead and injured birds; and create a network of eight veterinarians to make health assessments of mortality causes and environmental threats in order to develop management activities to address those problems.

Little Neck Bay/Long Island Sound Estuary Festival

Grantee: Alley Pond Environmental Center
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions*: $4,345
Total Project Costs: $9,345
Project Area: Douglaston, New York

The Alley Pond Environmental Center will plan and conduct a National Estuaries Day – Little Neck Bay/Long Island Sound Festival involving boat tours, a beach cleanup and lessons about wetland ecosystems to raise awareness about the value of estuaries in communities.

Long Island Sound Component of the 2006 New York State Beach Cleanup

Grantee: America Littoral Society
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions To Be Determined
Total Project Costs: $5,000
Project Area: Beaches Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester Counties, New York

The American Littoral Society will coordinate the 2006 International Coastal Cleanup at beaches in New York on the Long Island Sound; the data will be compiled and strategies developed for combating marine pollution and to educate the public about floatable pollution and prevention.

Interpretive Signage for the Harbor Island Salt Marsh Restoration Site

Grantee: Westchester County Department of Planning
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions*: $2,555
Total Project Costs: $7,555
Project Area: Village of Mamaroneck, Mamaroneck Harbor Island Park, New York

Westchester County Department of Planning will create and install three interpretive signs along a path as part of a salt march restoration to inform the public about the restoration.

Kips Bay National Estuary Day Celebration

Grantee: The Center for Marine Education and Recreation
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions: $10,182
Total Project Costs: $15,182
Project Area: Oyster Bay, New York

The Center for Marine Education and Recreation will host a National Estuary Day Celebration for 218 students and adults involving Boys and Girls Clubs from Kips and Oyster Bay. This celebration will include educational, recreational and stewardship activities in Oyster Bay.

Connecticut

Sea Turtle Stranding Outreach in Connecticut

Grantee: Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $4,900
Matching Contributions*: $3,100
Total Project Costs: $8,000
Project Area: New Long, Middlesex, New Haven, Fairfield, Connecticut

The Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration will assist distressed marine mammals and sea turtles; and engage the public through 5-6 workshops to appropriate responses to strandings and public support for stewardship of the species.

Discouragement of Waterfowl Feeding in Coastal Connecticut Towns

Grantee: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $1,200
Matching Contributions*: $1,000
Total Project Costs: $2,200
Project Area: Connecticut Coastal Towns

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will develop and disseminate signs and brochures in 25 towns that discuss the negative effects of feeding waterfowl, particularly Canada geese to encourage citizens not to feed the birds.

Connecticut Shoreline Cleanup Program

Grantee: Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions: $21,055
Total Project Costs: $26,055
Project Area: Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment will coordinate 35-60 cleanups along the Connecticut shoreline. Clean up captains and volunteers will be recruited to participate in the project. Public service materials regarding pollution will be developed and distributed.

Horseshoe Crab Ecology

Grantee: SoundWaters
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $4,900
Matching Contributions: $12,660
Total Project Costs: $17,560
Project Area: Stamford, Connecticut

SoundWaters will develop a three-part project involving a festival, an exhibit, and a census and monitoring based upon the life cycle of the horseshoe crab to engage 6,550 regional residents and students in the ecology of Long Island Sound by introducing them to an important species in Long Island Sound waters.

MicroMagic Mobile Classroom and Lab

Grantee: Schooner, Inc.
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $4,900
Matching Contributions: $5,000
Total Project Costs: $9,900
Project Area: New Haven, CT

Schooner Inc. is creating a mobile classroom/lab onshore and offshore to increase awareness and understanding of the Long Island Sound Watershed through hands on projects in the areas of water chemistry, sediments, microbiology and zoology reaching 15,000 people through camp, school, and community events.

Summer Youth Employment Program, Science on the River

Grantee: Riverfront Recapture
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $3,900
Matching Contributions*: $6,500
Total Project Costs: $10,400
Project Area: Hartford, Connecticut

Riverfront Recapture will work with 12 students to relocate existing Wisconsin Cribs in Wethersfield and White Oak Coves to trap, tag and retrap fish to see how many fish return to the Connecticut River for purposes of developing management plans

Westville Manor Steward Team

Grantee: Solar Youth
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $4,000
Matching Contributions*: $4,210
Total Project Costs: $8,210
Project Area: Wintergreen Brook, West Ridge State Park, New Haven, Connecticut

Solar Youth will implement the Westville Manor Steward Team an after-school youth environmental education program that teaches twelve 10 to 14 year olds about problems that affect their watersheds and involves the students in conservation projects.

A Public Radio Series on Long Island Sound’s Conservation Success Stories and Important Environmental Issues

Grantee: Friends of WFCR
Long Island Sound Futures Funds: $5,000
Matching Contributions: $4,250
Total Project Costs: $9,250
Project Area: Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, New London Counties, Connecticut

The Friends of WFCR will produce an eight-part public radio series during the program Field Notes that highlights the Long Island Sound.

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