Date: 3/27/18 11:19 am
From: Beverly Propen via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Meeting regarding the improved funding for Long island Sound-if anyone is interested
Last week Congress voted on a $1.3 trillion spending bill, U.S. Senator
Chris Murphy will be holding a meeting to provide an update on what that
specifically means for funding that supports and protects the Long Island
Sound. As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator
Murphy pushed for important federal funds that continue to provide support
to organizations and groups within Connecticut (see below). *This meeting
will take place next Friday, April 6th at 11:00am at the EarthPlace in
Westport.*We hope that you are able to make it to this important
discussion, *and feel free to share with your respective groups.

If you plan on attending this meeting, please RSVP to Kayla Reasco at
<Kayla_Reasco...> or at 860 <860-549-8463> <860-549-8463>
-549-8463 <860-549-8463>.

*WHAT: Senator Chris Murphy Gives Update on Federal Funding for Long Island
SoundWHEN: Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:00amWHERE: The EarthPlace – 10
Woodside Lane, Westport, CT*


*The final FY 2018 spending package includes the following:*

*National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)*
· $15 million for the Fisheries Aquaculture program, which is $5.7
million above FY17 and includes no cuts for Milford Lab
· $65 million for the National Sea Grant College Program, which is
$2 million above FY 2017
· $11.5 million for the Marine Aquaculture Program, which is $2
million more than FY 2017
· $11 million for Ocean Acidification research, around a $1 million
increase from FY 2017
· $35 million for the Integrated Ocean Observing System Regional
Observations, a $5 million increase from FY 2017. This funding supports the
Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing System
(NERACOOS), which provides weather and ocean data to fishers and commercial
· $75 million for the Coastal Zone Management Grants and
$42,500,000 million for Coastal Zone Management and Services

*Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)*

- $12 million Long Island Sound Geographic program, an increase of $4
million from FY 2017
- $170,915,000 for Nonpoint Source Program (Section 319 grants), which
is consistent with last year’s levels but was proposed for elimination in
President Trump’s budget
- $9.5 million for BEACH Act, which helps monitor water quality at
public beaches
- $26,723,000 for the National Estuary Program, which helps support the
Long Island Sound Study

*Department of Transportation*

- $300 million for the Maritime Security Program, an increase of $90
million from FY 2017
- $20 million for the Small Shipyard Grant Program, an increase of $10
million from FY 2017

*Department of Interior*

- $13.375 million for the Coastal Programs at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, an increase of $1.4 million from FY 2017

*Department of Agriculture*

- $1.038 billion for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, which is
$8 million more than FY 2017, and includes $774.4 million for Conservation
Technical Assistance
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