Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Fact Sheet Series

The Long Island Sound Study is receiving $106 million through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over five years (2022-2026) to fund local initiatives to improve the environmental health, climate resiliency, and economic vitality of the Sound in an equitable manner. The following fact sheets highlight the projects that are being funded from the first year of funding. The fact sheets open to an article on page 2. The front page contains general information about the BIL program and a photo of the project.

Overview of 2022 Projects Funded Through BIL Initiative

The fact sheet includes a brief description of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investment for Long Island Sound and summaries of the projects funded in year one under the categories of Clean Waters, Healthy Ecosystems, and Strong Communities.
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City of Chicopee Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

MassDEP will provide financial assistance to the city of Chicopee to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. The facility, located on the Connecticut River, will achieve advanced nitrogen removal levels, reducing nitrogen pollution flowing from the river to Long Island Sound.
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Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund

In 2022, the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) launched a multi-million-dollar program to address environmental justice concerns impacting underserved communities in the Long Island Sound (LIS) region.
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New Septic Systems to Reduce Nitrogen Pollution into Long Island Sound

The New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation has received an initial grant of $2.25 million through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance Suffolk and Nassau counties’ septic replacement programs.
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Open Space Acquisitions

NYSDEC will acquire three new properties within the Long Island Sound watershed, expanding existing habitat conservation areas. Conserving these properties will improve coastal water quality and preserve habitat for wildlife.
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Middle Street Dam Removal

CT DEEP will help to remove a defunct dam from the Pequabuck River located in Bristol, CT, restoring 8.5 miles of free-flowing river for fish passage and removing contaminated sediment that has accumulated behind the dam.
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A wide view of Strong Pond Dam in Wilton, Connecticut. It is autumn, and the leaves int he tree line are dak green, burnt orange, and mustard yellow. The restored dam is surrounded by long thin logs on each edge. There are 5 medium sized rocks in the foreground.

Strong Pond Dam Removal

CT DEEP completed the removal of Strong Pond Dam in Wilton, CT, on September 11, 2023, opening an additional 10 miles of river habitat for migratory fish swimming from Long Island Sound.
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Increasing Access to the Connecticut Angler Survey

CT DEEP will address data gaps in Connecticut’s annual angler survey caused by language barriers between anglers and surveyors. A part-time staff member was on-boarded to assist with materials translation and CT DEEP is distributing a multilingual flyer to recruit translators needed to speak to all anglers in the Sound.
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Purchasing a New Research Vessel to Improve and Expand Research and Monitoring

CT DEEP will acquire a new research vessel to use alongside the RV John Dempsey. The vessel will collect data for the monthly water quality survey and will improve the efficiency and capacity to conduct research in Long Island Sound.
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