[CT Birds] Hammo & CEQ

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Thu Jun 27 13:26:55 EDT 2013

Excellent...Great beginning salvo in this issue.  Thanks so much for this.


Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278

Birddog55 at charter.net
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-----Original Message-----
From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of
Breslin, Sandy
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:19 PM
To: (ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org)
Subject: [CT Birds] Hammo & CEQ

Hi All,

Thanks to your complaints, CEQ formally took up the Hammo issue at their
meeting yesterday. I was there to answer questions and provide some photos.
The Council was very supportive!

Karl Wagener (Executive Director) was able to show the members a Google
Earth image of the Meig's Point area and I had brought a recent photograph
showing the filling. CT does not currently have regulations re the use of
RAP, but I did find some NJ regulations prohibiting use of this product in
or near wetlands. New CEQ member, Dr. Michael Klemens mentioned the need to
remove the materials quickly if it is going to be removed at all. Some
concerns were expressed about damage from removing the material.

CEQ will be contacting DEEP on the Hammo issue and the broader need to
manage the parks with bird habitat and birders in mind. I also asked them to
consider the issue of staffing for DEEP Non Game Wildlife. DEEP still has
not hired a replacement for Julie Victoria, despite the fact that they
advertised the position, interviewed candidates and I think chose some
finalists - last summer. From all the discussion, it seemed clear that the
Council will be an effective ally in our efforts to find a long lasting
solution to this problem.

Some new members on the Council include: Dr. Klemens, who will be a great
advocate for wildlife; Sue Merrow, former national President of Sierra Club,
who is the new chair; Dr. James O'Donnell from UCONN Avery Point, a LIS
expert who chairs the EPA LIS Study Science and Technical Committee; and Lee
Dunbar, recently retired Assistant Director, Bureau of Water Management and
Land Re-Use, Planning and Standards Division at DEEP. Full Council
membership: http://www.ct.gov/ceq/cwp/view.asp?a=985&q=248722

Also on the agenda were the bad ATV bill and Madison land transfer.


- Sandy

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