Leone and Miller pro­tect­ing the Sound

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Opinion -

To the ed­i­tor,

At SoundWaters, we know that pro­tect­ing our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment takes many ac­tions and many voices.

Last week, for ex­am­ple, at Cove Is­land, SoundWaters led more than 100 stu­dents from Scofield Mag­net School in study­ing marine ecol­ogy. In the lab and out in the wa­ter, stu­dents were mak­ing hy­pothe­ses, tak­ing wa­ter sam­ples, an­a­lyz­ing data and learn­ing how science works. By the end of this month, our team will have taught every sixth-grader in town, while also teach­ing lo­cal stu­dents from pre-K through high school: reach­ing more than 32,000 school­child­ren this year.

We rely many great part­ners to do this work — lo­cally and at the state level. This fall, two of our state leg­is­la­tors led the charge to se­cure state funds for our new project: a Har­bor Academy to be built in Boc­cuzzi Park, on the shores of Stam­ford Har­bor. This new cen­ter will be a hub of stu­dent learn­ing and com­mu­nity ac­cess. A huge shout out of thanks and recog­ni­tion to state Sen. Carlo Leone and state Rep. Pa­tri­cia Bil­lie Miller.

In ad­di­tion, both Sen. Leone and Rep. Miller se­cured fund­ing for dredg­ing Cove Is­land Ma­rina. These leg­isla­tive ac­tions — from se­cur­ing fund­ing, to re­duc­ing sales tax on boats to leg­is­la­tion that re­duces marine de­bris to pro­mot­ing the teach­ing on Cli­mate Change Ed­u­ca­tion — are ways that Sen. Leone and Rep. Miller work, with SoundWaters, to pro­tect Long Is­land Sound and make it more ac­ces­si­ble and en­joy­able for our en­tire com­mu­nity.

Be­ing out on Long Is­land Sound is a joy, an op­por­tu­nity to learn and grow, and one that should be ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one. Through their many leg­isla­tive ef­forts, Sen. Leone and Rep. Miller have helped bring our com­mu­nity closer to the Sound — mak­ing Long Is­land Sound a part of all our lives.

Leigh Shemitz is pres­i­dent of SoundWaters.

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