Federal legislation which has bi-partisan support among Long Island's Congressional delegation would fund millions of dollars in environmental programs related to many involving sewage treatment.
Local civic and environmental groups could, in turn, apply for the money and implement programs that would impact Long Island.
Decades of development, pollution and releases of have damaged the Sound's water quality. But previous funding for these studies and programs has run out. The new bill would extend funding for two programs through 2016 at $325 million over the next five years. Federal officials say the Sound is estimated to produce economic revenues of $9 billion annually.
In your view, what should be the primary issue addressed related to the Sound and it's ?
How should that money be spent? What are the most pressing needs for the long-term preservation of Long Island Sound?
Is the money worth spending at all?
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