Shoreline Legislators Applaud L.I. Sound Legislation’s Progress

April 24, 2015

Area Legislators Applaud Unanimous House Passage of Long Island Sound Blue Plan

Area legislators are applauding the Connecticut House of Representatives’ Apr. 22 unanimous passage of environmental legislation known as the Blue Plan.

The Blue Plan bill requires the State of Connecticut to develop a coordinated strategy to guide future uses of the Long Island Sound’s waters and submerged lands. The plan would be created with a 16-member committee by 2019, with opportunity for public comment.

“As a member of the Environment Committee and representative of coastline towns, I was pleased to support this legislation,” Rep. Devin Carney said. “It’s great that, through a collaborative effort, both sides of the aisle could put forth a bill that protects our environment and preserves our habitat.” Rep. Carney represents Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

“I was proud to vote for a piece of bipartisan legislation, which aims to preserve Long Island Sound for future generations to enjoy. We have a responsibility to take care of our natural resources and this bill provides encouragement in doing so,” Rep. Jesse MacLachlan said. Rep. MacLachlan represents Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook.

“This legislation aims to protect the Long Island Sound over the long-term,” Sen. Art Linares said. “It is common sense for us to create policies which ensure that this beautiful natural resource is preserved for future generations of Connecticut residents. I look forward to voting in favor of it when it is debated in the state Senate.” Sen. Linares represents Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

“What a great way to create a lasting, living document that will provide the roadmap for preservation of our state’s scenic beauty and contribute to a healthy environment,” Sen. Paul Formica said. Sen. Formica represents Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford.

The legislation is supported by several state environmental advocacy organizations.