Audubon Connecticut reports that Connecticut and New York lawmakers in the House of Representatives joined together to introduce H.R. 5876 the Long Island Sound Improvement Act. This bill, the House companion to S. 3119 passed earlier this summer by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, seeks to expand and strengthen efforts to improve water quality in Long Island Sound and its watershed.
New provisions call for regional water quality standards and permits, voluntary nitrogen trading, consideration of climate change, and pilot project using shellfish to remove pollution. Audubon Connecticut joined with Environment Connecticut and Save the Sound to urge House passage of this legislation protecting these great waters. Further progress on this legislation is expected in the fall.