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Long Island Sound and its watershed should be designated as a critical conservation area, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week.
Malloy requested that a portion of the $1.3 billion Congress provided the agriculture department's Regional Conservation Partnership Program be targeted for the Sound and its watershed.
"Over the last three decades, Connecticut has made a significant commitment to protecting and restoring the Sound," Malloy said in his letter. "Millions of dollars have been invested in communities throughout its watershed to address pollution concerns and protect the tidal wetlands along its shore. ... Formal designation as a critical conservation area would significantly amplify our ongoing conservation activities associated with Long Island Sound and our watershed partners."
The Connecticut and New York congressional delegations have also asked Vilsack to designate the Sound a critical conservation area.