Last Monday night, Congress passed a bill that takes the public auction

of Plum Island off the table.

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We only hope that the President will now SIGN it.

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(excerpted from Monday’s Save the Sound press release)
Plum Island, located at the eastern end of Long Island Sound, is home to nationally significant natural and cultural resources including lands traditionally used by Indigenous nations; a historic, decommissioned Army post; and more than 500 plant and animal species, 111 of which are species of conservation concern. For 11 years it has been at risk of being sold to private developers, which would deprive the public of all the island has to offer. Such a sale would also cause irreversible harm to wildlife, including seals and endangered roseate terns; threaten historical buildings; and risk Indigenous and American cultural history.
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“We’re closer than we’ve ever been to saving Plum Island,” said Curt Johnson, president of Save the Sound, which coordinates the Preserve Plum Island Coalition. “Senator Schumer’s negotiating power, Senators Murphy and Blumenthal’s networking, and the leadership of Congressmembers Zeldin, DeLauro, Courtney, and Lowey—along with unwavering support from the entire Long Island Sound Congressional delegation—have brought us this far. With the passage and signature of this bill, the normal process for dealing with federally-owned property will be re-opened. A path to permanent conservation is within our sights and Save the Sound will be there every step of that path.”
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New London Maritime Society is proud to be a member of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition.
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