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CT Legislative Recap: Areas of Progress and Missed Opportunities in 2017

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With the 2017 Connecticut legislative session behind us, it’s time to reflect back on what happened this year in the realm of conservation, environmental protection, and public health.  As a whole, this session was marked with some disappointment from environmental groups and consumer advocates across a spectrum of issues, but there were some noteworthy areas […]

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Long Island Sound Day in D.C.!

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3:00am—BEEP BEEP BEEP That was the sound of CCE’s staff waking up to spend the day in D.C. fighting for Long Island Sound restoration and protection funding.  We boarded the bus in the early hours of the morning with other Long Island stakeholders, including Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor, Friends of the Bay, Save the […]

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What a Week for the Great Lakes (and every one of us that depends upon them)!

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After working on Great Lakes protection and restoration issues for the past 15 years, it’s hard for me to think of a time when so many accomplishments occurred in such a short period of time.  That said, last week was good week—actually, a great week. Especially when you consider that much of the work that […]

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Communities Want a Healthy River and Lake

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Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River provide drinking water to several million people, support multi-billion dollar industries, offer unparalleled recreation and fishing opportunities, generate renewable hydroelectric power, and are home to an impressive array of wildlife. Perhaps most importantly, the river and lake enhance the quality of life for everyone in the region. It […]

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2016 Connecticut Post-Session Legislative Recap

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Wednesday, May 4th marked the last day of the 2016 regular legislative session in Connecticut.  It was a difficult year for many in our state, as deep cuts to critical government programs are being implemented across virtually every sector.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the executive and legislative branches clashing repeatedly over budget […]

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New Dredged Material Management Plan for LIS Is a Betrayal of Public Trust

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In 2005, the Governors of New York and Connecticut signed a bi-state agreement to end the antiquated practice of disposing untreated dredged materials in Long Island Sound.  This was done with an understanding that a healthy Sound is critical to the health of our economy and our maritime culture.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

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Cuomo Brings Great Hope for NY’s Environment in 2016

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While 2016 is less than a week old, Governor Cuomo has given us good reason to be optimistic about the year ahead. As part of Governor Cuomo’s 2016 agenda, he recently proposed some critical initiatives to bolster New York’s environmental legacy… Increase the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million: No matter who you are or where […]

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