Open Space Preservation Bill Signed Into Law

July 23, 2015

I was glad to be on hand as Governor Malloy ceremoniously signed into law one of the most important environment bills which passed through the legislature this session.

This law will allow for greater open space preservation by increasing from 70% to 90% the amount of state and federal funds applicants looking to preserve open spaces through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program can use.

Previously, municipalities seeking to preserve open space land had to supply 30% of the funds necessary for the project, which can be very difficult for towns and cities to accomplish. Now, 90% of open space preservation projects can be funded by state and federal aid. This law will help protect more of Connecticut’s natural habitats and beautiful land for years to come.

The bill was passed by both legislative chambers with unanimous support.

For more information on the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, click here.