HARTFORD, Conn. – Enforcement of the state’s environmental laws has declined and is failing to meet its goals in preserving open space, but some improvements have been made in air quality. That’s according to the Council on Environmental Quality’s 2013 annual report.
The report found that Connecticut residents are driving less, taking the bus more often and using electricity more efficiently. That’s part of the reason air quality in the state last year was the best its been in decades. However, the report of 30 environmental factors also found some areas of decline. Long Island Sound’s warming temperatures that have forced out cold water species like lobsters are a sign that global warming will “hurt the state’s efforts to protect and improve the environment.”
Flooding along Connecticut’s rivers and streams is becoming “more frequent and more damaging” than in the past, researchers stated in the report.
The report also found that the state hasn’t been as aggressive as it has in the past in enforcing environmental laws. More than 1,000 violations were found, the most in more than a decade, according to the report.
The Council was surprised by the finding.
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