Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Steve Israel (D-NY), co-chairs of the Congressional Long Island Sound Caucus, recently\u00a0applauded the news that $1,313,671 in federal grants has been awarded to improve the health of the Long Island Sound. The 22 grants are going to community groups and local governments for conservation, water quality projects and coastal restoration, among other uses. \u201cThe Sound is a critical economic, recreational and environmental resource,\u201d DeLauro said. \u201cThese waters are a regional and national treasure. Community organizations and local governments play a crucial role in making sure they will be a clean and healthy ecosystem for future generations to enjoy. I congratulate all of the grant recipients and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor continue for years to come.\u201d Israel said: \u201cPreserving Long Island Sound is critical to the health of this region. I congratulate all the grant recipients, and I\u2019m excited to see the great work they will do.\u201d The grants are being awarded by the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, a public-private program that combines resources from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative and the Dissolved Oxygen Environmental Benefit Fund. The grants are as follows. The full description of what each award is for can be found here. $150,000 for The Nature Conservancy $150,000 for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation $149,971.20 for New Haven Urban Resources Initiative $118,000 for the City Parks Foundation $99,156 for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science $86,892.20 for the American Farmland Trust $76,158 for Audubon Connecticut (two separate grants) $60,000 for Peconic Growth Inc. $55,000 for the Incorporated Village of Sea Cliff, New York $51,307.10 for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, Inc. $45,316.22 for Sea Research Foundation Inc. $37,500 for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment $35,000 for Solar Youth Inc. $34,993.89 for the Connecticut River Museum $34,149 for Earthplace\u2014The Nature Discovery Center, Inc. $32,788.75 for the Azuero Earth Project DBA Perfect Earth Project $10, 000.02 for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment $9,999.62 for the Bronx River Alliance $9,052.31 for the Alley Pond Environmental Center $8,982.20 for the Sea Research Foundation, Inc. $4,546 for the Town of East Lyme.