Federal grant could make eastern Connecticut hub for marine research

17 Sep 2021

Community Interest

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Thursday he was hopeful the Biden administration would grant final approval early next year to designate a wide swath of eastern Long Island Sound as a National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The proposed 52,160-acre reserve, stretching from the Lower Connecticut River Valley in Essex to the waters around Mason Island in Stonington, could guarantee up to $1 million each year from the federal government for research, educational outreach and coastal management programs, Murphy said.

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