BIL Projects

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 articles highlights some of the projects that are being funded through the program.

BIL Funds to Upgrade Sewage Plants in Three Massachusetts Cities within the Long Island Sound Watershed

March 18, 2024 — Through BIL funding, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will provide financial assistance to the municipalities of Chicopee, Gardner, and Pittsfield to help fund improvements to wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to reduce nitrogen that flows into Long Island Sound. Read More

An angler fishing on North Cove in Old Saybrook, CT. Turn to page 2 to learn how BIL funds will be used to reach out to non-English speakers for the state's annual angler survey.

CT DEEP Makes Progress Hiring Bilingual Staff to Administer Angler Survey

February 22, 2024 — CT DEEP works to address data gaps in Connecticut’s annual angler survey caused by language barriers between anglers and surveyors.… Read More

Strong Pond Dam Demolished, Reopens 10 Miles of Fish Passage to Norwalk River, Restoration Efforts Continue

February 15, 2024 — In September 2023, CT DEEP and partners removed Dana Dam, also known as Strong Dam, from the Norwalk River located… Read More

New Boat Will Help Expand LIS Research and Monitoring Efforts

November 14, 2023 — CT DEEP will acquire a new research vessel to use alongside the RV John Dempsey. The vessel will collect data… Read More

Open Space Acquisitions Will Improve Health of Coastal Waters and Protect Wildlife

November 14, 2023 — NYSDEC will acquire three new properties in Suffolk County within the Long Island Sound watershed, expanding existing habitat conservation areas.… Read More

New Septic Systems to Reduce Nitrogen Pollution into Long Island Sound

November 14, 2023 — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has received an initial grant of $2.25 million through the federal Bipartisan… Read More

In 2014 and 2015, LIS Futures Fund grants supported a project to install bioswales to reduce stormwater pollution in New Haven, including in underserved communities. Turn to page 2 to learn how BIL funds are establishing a new LISS grant program dedicated to underserved and overburdened communities.

LIS Community Impact Fund Creates New Opportunities to Benefit Underserved Communities

November 14, 2023 — In 2022, the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) launched a multi-million-dollar program to address environmental justice concerns impacting underserved communities… Read More

The Middle Street Dam in Bristol, CT will be removed using BIL Funding. CT DEEP photo

BIL funding to Remove Middle Street Dam, Reconnect 8.5 Miles of Stream to Long Island Sound

August 22, 2023 — CT DEEP will help to remove a defunct dam from the Pequabuck River located in Bristol, CT, restoring 8.5 miles… Read More

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