Extended Content Interview with Leah Schmalz from the CT Fund for the Environment

This is an extended content interview with Leah Schmalz, Director of Legislative and Legal Affairs for Save the Sound. Save the Sound is part of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Leah talked about the importance of the Connecticut Clean Water Fund.

The interview is part of our story on the Clean Water Fund and its impact on the Connecticut economy.

Links:
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Legislative Watch List
Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Save the Sound
Bart Mansi’s Guilford Lobster Pound
Connecticut Clean Water Fund at the Department of Environmental Protection

Advocates Fight to Protect Long Island Sound – 5/29/09

Extended content is available for this story. Click here to see the full, uncut interview with Leah Schmalz from Save the Sound.

erabroder1This spring has been filled with news of budgets and budget cuts for towns as well as the state.  The Connecticut state budget is still being deliberated leaving some citizens concerned about the effects cuts could have on the Long Island Sound.  Save The Sound, part of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, is particularly concerned about the Clean Water Fund.

The fund began in the 1980’s to help cities upgrade their sewer and water systems that empty into the sound.  In 2002, the fund was discontinued until it was recognized there was still a need.  In 2007, $90 million was again given to the Clean Water Fund, but this money needs to be reauthorized every two years.  This is a reauthorization year, and activists are worried the funding will not come through.

There are a number of bills before the state legislature concerning our waterways and environment,  Including:

Subject

To Do

Status
(As of May 29th)

Due By

Solar Energy

Pass HB 6635 to create stable incentives for solar installations on homes, businesses and public buildings.

Incomplete

6/3/09

Inland Wetlands

Pass SB 569 to clarify the state’s commitment to protect wetlands and strengthen local wetlands commissions.

Incomplete

6/3/09

Rivers

Pass HB 5934 to protect natural vegetation next to rivers and wetlands to safeguard water quality.

Incomplete

6/3/09

Complete Streets

Pass SB 735 to better accommodate cyclists and walkers on our roads for a cleaner, healthier, safer Connecticut.

Incomplete

6/3/09

Links:
Full, uncut interview with Leah Schmalz from the CT Fund for the Environment
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Legislative Watch List
Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Save the Sound
Bart Mansi’s Guilford Lobster Pound
Connecticut Clean Water Fund at the Department of Environmental Protection