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 shippers · $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 _______________________________________________ This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org