State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) submitted a letter to legislators leading the General Assembly’s Environment Committee requesting that the committee raise legislation that would impact projects similar to the buildout at Silver Sands State Park. The bill requested by Slossberg would give members of the public the ability to request a new environmental impact evaluation if one has not been completed in the five years preceding the start of a new state development.
“Connecticut’s natural environment is one of the greatest resources this state has, and it is vital that we ensure state construction projects do not inadvertently damage it,” said Senator Slossberg. “Milford residents have raised valid concerns about the Silver Sands buildout being done based on a 24-years-old environmental impact evaluation. I believe that residents of Milford and communities throughout Connecticut have a right to call for an evaluation so as to better protect the areas they live from damaging development projects.”
Milford City leaders and numerous local residents held meetings this past year calling for the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to complete a new environmental impact evaluation at Silver Sands State Park. DEEP is in the process of building restrooms and a concession stand, as well as expanding the parking lot where they will charge for parking.
Senator Slossberg and hundreds of Milford residents have participated in public hearings on the project. A primary point of concern is that it has been 24 years since and environmental impact evaluation was conducted at Silver Sands. In that time, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as well as other major weather events have struck Connecticut, greatly impacting shoreline communities like Milford. Residents are concerned that the planned construction projects could damage the shoreline and surrounding wetlands, harm local wildlife and potentially make the area more prone to flooding.
State Senator Gayle Slossberg Website: http://senatedems.ct.gov/Slossberg.php