Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2023 Grant Award Announcement Quotes

December 4, 2023

Piping plover chick


“This funding provides far reaching support for Long Island Sound – an environmental treasure and economic driver for our state,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “This $4.6 million in grants from the Long Island Sound Future Fund is a major investment that will help restore coastal habitats, minimize the flow of waste and pollution into the Sound, and increase shoreline resilience to storms and extreme weather. I am proud to see this funding coming to Connecticut’s coastal communities and I will continue to push for investments to protect and preserve Long Island Sound.” 

New York

“I’ve worked hard to deliver hundreds of millions in federal funding to protect, clean up, and improve Long Island Sound, its habitats, and beaches, but there is more work to be done,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “I applaud the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the EPA for providing $900,000 to collect abandoned lobster traps, remove invasive plant species, and rewild the island’s north shore with native plant gardens to improve wildlife habitats. Our collective efforts will ensure that Long Island Sound remains healthy and clean for years to come.”

Zoetis Foundation

"Livestock farmers are pivotal in building resilient food systems while ensuring healthy ecosystems and a thriving agricultural sector,” said Jeannette Ferran Astorga, President of the Zoetis Foundation and Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Zoetis. “Committed to helping advance farmer livelihoods and strengthen agricultural conservation, the Zoetis Foundation is honored to provide grant support to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund to help dairy farmers advance the economic and environmental sustainability of their agricultural operations.”