Funding for the protection and preservation of Long Island Sound could reach historic levels if Congress appropriates the full funding outlined in a bill that recently passed through the House of Representatives.
The Water Resources bill authorizes up to $65 million per year over the next five years for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Program. That money would be used toward restoration and stewardship, according to Curt Johnson, the president of Save the Sound, a Connecticut based environmental organization. READ
A report commissioned by Save the Sound has identified what the group describes as significant gaps in the federal government’s draft plan for the cleanup of past contamination on Plum Island. READ
Standing on the rocks at Orient Point Friday, Hassan Hamza spotted a young boy in distress.
Mr. Hamza, a volunteer firefighter in West Babylon, has nearly 30 years’ experience diving around Orient Point and understood the challenge he faced when he began swimming toward the boy, who had been caught in a current and was being pulled out into the sea.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County has been awarded a $120,000 grant that will be used toward removing derelict fishing gear from Long Island Sound, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) announced Tuesday. READ
New York State is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for dumping dredged materials in Long Island Sound.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that the State of New York would be taking legal action against the EPA after it said in 2016 it would dump dredged materials into the eastern Sound.
Three people were rescued off Orient Point in the Long Island Sound after they got caught in a current Friday afternoon, according to a Southold Town police press release.
A 72-year-old Greenport man was rescued off East Marion in the Long Island Sound after his boat capsized Friday morning, authorities at the scene said.
Five people in a small aluminum boat safely made it back to shore Saturday night after the vessel suffered engine trouble in Long Island Sound. READ
Two local estuaries are now a step closer to securing federal funding for the next fiscal year after some uncertainty about whether they’d be included in a final federal budget given cuts in Environmental Protection Agency appropriations proposed by the White House earlier this year.
UPDATE: The man who was pulled from Long Island Sound Wednesday was pronounced dead at Peconic Bay Medical Center, Southold Town police said. The drowning victim was identified Thursday as Ellis Roudette, 84, of the Bronx. READ