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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Energy & Environment

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March 12, 2019 Press Release
“Today, the President signed into law legislation that codifies the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed as an entity of the National Park Service’s Wild and Scenic Program,” said Congressman Courtney. “This designation will bring much-needed funding for research and conservation to our own natural treasure in Connecticut and Rhode Island. I’m proud to have helped getting this bill over the finish line with my colleagues, and I know there are numerous stakeholders on the ground ready to get to work to preserve the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed for generations to come.”
March 7, 2019 Press Release
Today’s introduction of a comprehensive, bipartisan bill to secure Plum Island’s future viability and environmental protection status is an exciting development. Looking back over the last two Congresses, Representative Zeldin and I have been able to pass legislation seeking to protect Plum Island on a bipartisan basis, and at times with unanimous support"
February 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and David Cicilline (D-RI) announced their legislation to protect several local waterways passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 363-62 as part of a broader bipartisan public lands package. The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic River Act designates portions of the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, providing new access to federal funding for conservation and stewardship efforts.

March 8, 2018 Press Release
“The Sea Grant program is dedicated to the sustainable use of our coastal resources while advancing conservation efforts to protect our oceans and waterways. In southeastern Connecticut, Sea Grant is a vital part of our maritime economy and I am glad that we have had a thriving program serving our region for thirty years. I will continue to work alongside leaders, such as Dr. De Guise, to further the reach and effectiveness of this incredible program.”
October 10, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Courtney spoke on the House floor today to oppose the EPA's reversal of the Clean Power Plan.
October 4, 2017 Press Release
Courtney and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT-at large) joined together to reintroduce legislation to help communities struggling with the costs of storing so-called ‘stranded nuclear waste.’
September 21, 2017 Press Release
“Long Island Sound is a unique resource for eastern Connecticut,” said Courtney. “A vast array of economic activities in our region ranging from recreational boating to commercial maritime transportation, shipbuilding, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Naval Submarine Base in Groton are all directly connected to Long Island Sound. This funding will help educate local residents and students and prepare them to keep the Sound safe and healthy for future generations.”
August 29, 2017 Press Release
“We have long agreed with the goal of the EPA throughout the DMMP process to balance environmental stewardship with standard economic activity in Long Island Sound,” wrote the members. “Our states have been responsibly dredging using open-water placement for 35 years, and we believe maintaining the EPA designation of the ELDS, along with an increased effort among the states to find sustainable on-land solutions for dredged materials, will continue to provide the Long Island Sound region with a balanced approach for future waterway projects."

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