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Environmental report card offers a mixed bag

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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2 responses to “Environmental report card offers a mixed bag”

  1. One and Done.

    Warming temperatures have forced the lobsters out? They want to stick by this lie? The sound is colder right now than it has been in decades at this time of the year. The lobsters are dead because of the spray used to combat West Nile virus. The DEEP just don’t want to admit that because they would owe the shell fishing industry hundreds of millions in lost revenues.
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    One and Done.

  2. Suzanne

    Perhaps this Council needs to examine a wider cause for the evaluation that citizens are “driving less, taking the bus more”, and “using electricity more efficiently.” Just last week I was told by a person trying to make a go of it in CT as a laborer, “Gas is $4.09 a gallon. Too much!” And, anyone examining their electric bill could tell this Council that no one is being particularly “good” or “efficient”, just trying to save a bit in order to pay their outrageous energy bills.

    “The report also found that the state’s preservation of farmland, open space, parks, and forests requires a greater level of commitment from the state.” To say the least. Ten percent or 320,000 acres of state land preserved is the goal with a whopping 341 acres preserved in 2012 and 467 acres in 2013. As a member of the CT Farmland Trust, unless they were included in this data, they did as good or better as a nonprofit than the State.

    This and a shocking lack of environmental inspection shows, once again, that the State would rather fight about issues than do anything about them. The structures are in place to make this process work for us and future generations yet the back logs keep growing.

    CT is a small State. It could do SO much better. We only get one environment.

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