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Edward Meyer

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April 4, 2012

Meyer Focuses on Protecting Shoreline Through Long Island Sound Caucus

Caucus will address environmental issues, economic development

State Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) is standing up for important shoreline environmental and economic development issues by joining the steering committee for the Long Island Sound caucus.

A 12-member, bipartisan group of Connecticut state legislators has teamed up to form the steering committee for the new Long Island Sound caucus that will address environmental, energy and economic issues impacting the Sound. The steering committee is comprised of six representatives and six senators. Caucus membership will be open to all legislators.

“Living along the shoreline means living with the reality that storm damage is real and already impacting our coast. We must act now to protect property and preserve our beaches from rising sea levels and severe storms,” said Sen. Meyer. “Tropical Storm Irene took a heavy toll on Shoreline residents last year. With the formation of this Long Island Sound caucus, we are taking steps to address climate change and better prepare for future storms.”

Goals of the caucus include:

  • Economic development and job growth opportunities.
  • Attracting maritime businesses while solving the inevitable dredging conflicts that accompany such ambitions.
  • Environmental issues—reducing runoff from storm water and other pollutants; protecting the Sound's beaches, water quality, the shellfish industry, storm preparation, future shoreline development, zoning, insurance, homeowner rights, seawalls and breakwaters.
  • Bi-state cooperation with New York.
  • Acquiring important coastal areas for public use.
  • Expanding funding for improvement projects beyond marinas to things like ferries, expanding the clean marina program, working on incentives for environmentally beneficial projects
  • Supporting federal funding for projects that are critical to CT (NOAA, LIS Restoration Fund, Clean Water State Revolving Fund).
  • Meeting the 2014 deadline for nitrogen reductions.
  • Protecting lobsters (prohibiting insecticides from water).

In addition to Sen. Meyer, the legislators forming the caucus include, Sens. Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) and Eileen Daily (D-Westbrook) and state Reps. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford), Patricia Widlitz (D-Guilford) and Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison). Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also has expressed support for the caucus.

“The Long Island Sound caucus will help unify and connect environmental and economic policy in a way we have never done before in Connecticut,” said Gov. Malloy. “The Sound is under constant threat—pollution, sewage, and storm water runoff are damaging the ecosystem and the economy.  Connecticut has responded by investing in the Clean Water Fund, but we cannot do this alone. It will take a regional effort to clean up the Sound and protect it for generations to come.”

“As a treasured natural resource and a $10 billion a year economic engine for recreational and navigational commerce, Long Island Sound needs our constant and educated attention. This bipartisan LIS Caucus intends to pursue that goal and I am delighted and encouraged to be a part of it, said Rep. Reed. “One of my key objectives is to reinvigorate our bi-state cooperation with New York on economic, environmental and energy issues that impact the sound we both share and treasure.” 

“This is an exciting opportunity to tackle the many issues of importance regarding the Long Island Sound. We don't need legislation to reach out and partner with legislators from New York—let's just do it! The Sound is our shared natural resource with recreational and economic benefit to our constituents,” said Rep. Widlitz. “We have worked together to defeat harmful proposals such as Broadwater. Now we will focus on pro-active policy initiatives that are beneficial to both business and the environment.”

 

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