Protect Long Island Sound and Preserve Plum Island

Please take action today!

Long Island Sound (LIS) is an Estuary of National Significance and the region's single most valuable natural resource. The public depends on LIS for recreation, fishing, economic development, and quality of life. Recent studies estimate that the LIS's economic value is between $17 billion and $37 billion annually, and it supports more than 191,000 watershed-dependent jobs.

Despite the immense value of the Sound, water quality problems persist, and important open spaces remain under threat. We need you to take action to:

Protect and Restore LIS: While significant advances in restoration of the Sound have been achieved, problems still persist. Unfortunately, Congress has underfunded restoration programs and failed to reauthorize the LIS Restoration and Stewardship Act, which authorizes up to $65 million annually for LIS. Congress must provide at least $10 million for restoration efforts in 2016 and reauthorize the LIS Restoration and Stewardship Act to ensure the long term success of restoring the Sound!

Save, Don't Sell Plum Island: Plum Island is an 840-acre island located 10 miles from Connecticut in the heart of LIS. Approximately 90% of the island is undeveloped, allowing pristine wetland and grassland areas to flourish and giving the island tremendous ecological value. It is inhabited by a wide variety of plant species, including rare orchids, oaks, and carnivorous plants. Plum Island is also considered to be a vital breeding ground for over 80 species of birds, including piping plovers, roseate terns, and other endangered species.

Plum Island is the current home of USDA's animal disease research facility, requiring that the island be completely isolated from public access. The facility is being relocated, and the federal government is seeking to sell Plum Island to the highest bidder. This sale would jeopardize critical wildlife habitat, increase pollution going into LIS, and prevent future public use. Fortunately, Congress is now considering legislation that would reverse a 2008 law requiring the island to be sold at public auction. Join CCE and the Preserve Plum Island Coalition in calling on Congress to act quickly to protect Plum Island and ensure that it is allowed to remain a natural treasure in LIS for generations to come!

How you can help: Email your federal elected officials today. Be sure to include the following in your email:

Your name and address
Urge your elected officials to reauthorize the LIS Restoration and Stewardship Act and provide at least $10 million for LIS programs in 2016.
Urge your elected officials to support the "Save, Don't Sell Plum Island" legislation (H.R. 1887).
 

Find and Email Your Representative in the U.S. House

Find and Email Your (2) U.S. Senators

Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!

Sincerely,

All of Us at CCE