Congressman Tom Suozzi announced at an April 21 press conference at Sea Cliff Municipal Beach that his administration has helped provide more than $33 million in federal funding for environmental cleanup projects in Long Island and in northeast Queens.
Of that $33 million, about $31 million has been spent on restoring Long Island Sound, which represents a 900% increase since he was elected to Congress in 2017. The announcement was made a day before Day of the earth.
According to Suozzi, he was able to devote so much time and money to improving the environment on Long Island and Queens by funding community projects, which allows members of Congress to apply for funding to support specific community projects that will have the most real life. impacts in their neighborhoods. Five of its eight community projects have been dedicated to environmental cleanup and restoration projects.
In addition to the $31 million spent on restoring Long Island Sound, Suozzi distributed the remaining $2–3 million on several other projects.
A total of $300,000 was funded for shellfish seeding in Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Huntington Harbors, and $600,000 was used for stormwater management in Little Neck Bay’s Alley Pond, Linnaeus Park and Udalls Cove.
A total of $1 million was applied to the renovation of North Hempstead Beach Park, and a pumping station on Nancy Court in Glen Cove received $1 million for rehabilitation.
Around 10 million seed clams will be strategically placed in the ports of Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Huntington. They are expected to filter the water there while producing enough larvae to expand their populations in the future. Little Neck Bay Stormwater Management will serve to improve water quality in Alley Pond, Linnaeus Park and Udalls Cove.
“I have dedicated a significant portion of my past 25 years of public service to cleaning up pollution, dramatically reducing nitrogen, upgrading sewage treatment plants and restoring shellfish harvesting to our local waters,” said Suozzi. “This $33 million, one of the largest federal investments in environmental cleanup and restoration on Long Island and northeast Queens, will go a long way toward restoring and improving Long Island Sound for generations to come.”
Funding for these projects was secured by Suozzi as part of the federal budget enacted last month. The investment of more than $33 million represents one of the largest federal investments in environmental cleanup and restoration on Long Island and northeast Queens.
Suozzi was joined by several environmentalists and elected officials during his announcement.