Active | November 16 2016
The Connecticut Chapter is working to support the development of Connecticut's state-based ocean plan, called the Blue Plan.
Public Act 15-66, An Act Concerning a Long Island Sound Blue Plan and Resource and Use Inventory, was signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on June 19, 2015 and went into effect on July 1, 2015. The legislation establishes a process for the state to develop an inventory of Long Island Sound's natural resources and uses and a spatial plan to guide future use of the Sound's waters and submerged lands.
This is a proactive opportunity to protect the sound and CT's beaches and waterways, before they're threatened. The Blue Plan legislation is a great start but of the 13 stakeholder advisory seats mandated, none are specific to non-consumptive ocean recreation.
To maintain an odd number of seats for decision-making, the CT chapter is working to amend the Blue Plan to officially include 2 additional stakeholder seats: one for non-consumptive ocean recreation and one for tourism, which makes sense as this sector is THE leading economic driver in the state, and the best on-ramp for the public to engage in planning for the future of Long Island Sound.
To learn more, join the listserv to receive updates, or comment on the Blue Plan, visit the DEP's website.
Stay tuned to the Chapter's Facebook page for updates and additional opportunities to engage.
Another important way to support our work is to join or renew your Surfrider Foundation membership, and come get active with our chapter! Email our chair for information on monthly meetings and other ways to engage.
The Surfrider Foundation works to protect our ocean and address the dangers to it, today and in the future. Our Ocean Protection Initiative includes grassroots campaigns to establish and support Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), oppose new offshore oil drilling and seismic testing, participate in regional ocean planning, and ensure renewable ocean energy does not damage our ocean.Learn More