Federal and State Officials Award Grants to Restore the Health and Living Resources of Long Island Sound

Throgs Neck, New York (May 12, 2005) – Standing at scenic Maritime College where the East River meets the Long Island Sound, top federal and state environmental officials announced today nearly $1 million in grant awards to 28 local community organizations and governments under the newly created Long Island Sound Futures Fund (Sound Futures Fund). The new grant program pools funds from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Hudson River Foundation’s New York City Environmental Fund for projects to restore the health and living resources of Long Island Sound. The awards will be leveraged with an additional $1.9 million raised by recipients themselves from other funding sources, bringing to $3 million the total funding for local conservation projects.

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