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Friday, June 18, 2010

Grant will help West River

U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, said in a statement Friday that the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has given a $655,100 grant to the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Inc., to help with tidal marsh restoration in New Haven and East Lyme.
The grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, "will be used for flood prevention measures by completing the design of the West River tide gates, as well as making modifications to the Bride Brook stream outlet site," the statement says.
"These vital funds will enable our local communities not only to restore and preserve our natural marshlands, but to protect their homes and businesses against unexpected weather and flooding," DeLauro said in the statement. "In the wake of devastating floods earlier this year, protecting our communities and our environment are paramount concerns. Both the West River and Bride Brook sites will benefit from these funds, and I look forward to seeing the positive results in the years to come."
Donald Strait, executive director of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment said, also in the statement, "We are very pleased with this additional grant, which will help ensure completion of these important projects and ensure the best results for these two rivers and the residents of New Haven and East Lyme. Bride Brook has the second largest herring run in Long Island Sound, and the West River is enjoyed by so many New Haven residents. This grant will ensure the restoration of the rivers’ ecology and salt marshes."

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