Conn Receives $4 million in Recovery funding for Habitat Restoration
New Haven, CT – Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn. – 3) announced over $4 million for two shovel-ready habitat restoration projects in Connecticut through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Project Grants through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will go to the Tingue Dam Bypass and Naugatuck River Restoration and the New Haven and East Lyme Marsh Restoration to help expedite nature processes in rebuilding a healthy, functioning natural ecosystem that provides services such as water filtration, increased fish productivity, and utilization by fish and wildlife, as well as support diverse commercial and recreational uses such as swimming, diving, boating, and fishing. These two projects were among the 50 selected from over 814 applicants for this grant funding and will also help the local economies through the creation or retention of up to 25 restoration-related jobs.
“I am delighted that with these grants we will be able to restore the natural surroundings of the marsh and open river and lake habitat on the West River and Bride Brook lake, as well as the Tingue Dam Bypass and Naugatuck River. This two efforts are but two examples of how we are being good stewards of our economy and protecting these ecosystems for future generations,” said DeLauro.
Don Strait, Executive Director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment whose Save the Sound program was the recipient of over $1.5 million to undertake two marsh restoration projects commented on the grant, “There are incredible partnerships being built between our leaders in Washington and the folks who live in Connecticut’s communities. Washington is ushering in a new culture, one of environmental stewardship and high regard for the interplay between our natural resources, our economy, and our quality of life. This new tone permeates our thinking, offering support to everyone who has been on the front lines of the battle to protect and defend our landscape, and ensure its beauty for generations to come.”
Tingue Dam Bypass and Naugatuck River Restoration (Seymour): $2.5 million for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to restore more than 32 miles of historic migratory fish passage for American shad, river herring, sea-run brown trout and the American eel on the Naugatuck River by constructing a bypass around the Tingue Dam.
New Haven and East Lyme Marsh Restoration (New Haven): $1.575 million for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Inc., to restore more than 100 acres of tidal marsh and open river and lake habitat on the West River ($1.17 million) and Bride Brook ($403,174) lake by replacing tide gates and culverts; restore dunes through planting. (New Haven)
Healthy coastal habitats are critical to the recovery and sustainability of the U.S. economy. Coastal areas generate more than 28 million jobs in the United States. Commercial and recreational fishing employs 1.5 million people and contributes $111 billion to the nation’s economy.
For further information on funded projects nationwide, go to the NOAA Recovery Act website at https://www.noaa.gov/recovery.