Legislators consider environmental balance

Water, energy, and open space took center stage Wednesday, Dec. 10, as the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) hosted its 14th annual Environmental Summit.

The event, at the Riverfront Boathouse in Hartford, brought together advocates and state legislators to discuss a wide range of environmental issues facing the state. It also served as an opportunity for Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee to share his priorities for the upcoming year.

“DEEP can’t do it alone,” Mr. Klee said several times, looking out at representatives of the many groups gathered for the all-day summit. “We need you to help educate, motivate and move Connecticut forward.”

Wilton state Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) said, “Connecticut is a dense, small state that is always under pressure for development, so it’s important that we keep a balance so that we are able to both preserve and protect its character and its beauty but also allow good sound development to occur, particularly in places that encourage it around mass transit.”

“The work of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has been vital in protecting and enhancing the environmental landscape of Connecticut,” Ms. Boucher said. “The issues that they promote go a long way to maintaining Connecticut’s greatest environmental assets and promoting its quality of life.”