Living in southwestern Connecticut, we are lucky to have many natural resources and recreations opportunities located only a short driving distance away. From the forests of Monroe to the banks of the Housatonic River to the shoreline of Long Island Sound, we can take advantage of the nice weather this summer and enjoy the great outdoors. In my previous column, I wrote about the major pieces of legislation that became law during this year's legislative session. In this week's column, I would like to focus on some of the new laws that will also improve our environment and protect these natural resources.
When we think of summertime, we often think about a trip to the beach full of sand, sun and water. From Short Beach Park in Stratford to Indian Well State Park in Shelton, there are many opportunities to have some fun and beat the heat close to home. For all of us to be able to enjoy these resources, we must make sure that they are protected and kept clean. This is where legislators have an important role to play. Personally, I believe that protecting our rivers and streams and Long Island Sound is an essential issue. Last year, I was appointed by Republican Minority Leader, Sen. John McKinney to the Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee and this year I also joined the Long Island Sound Caucus, a group of similar minded legislators dedicated to protecting this great natural resource.