East Haddam and East Hampton win $143,400 in state funds for open spaces

The East Haddam and East Hampton initiatives are among those statewide that will receive approximately $200,000 to help purchase land to carry out regional projects under the grants. acquisition of open spaces and watersheds 2020.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection administers these waivers, according to a press release from State Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex. “I am grateful to DEEP and the Governor for these grants, which will go a long way towards preserving the natural beauty we experience every day in Middlesex County,” he said in a prepared statement.

“These projects will help our local towns preserve key open spaces and keep our forests and watersheds safe from threats from development or pollution. I also want to thank the workers and volunteers who are dedicated to keeping Connecticut natural, wild and beautiful,” Needleman added.

The following territorial projects will receive funding:

East Hampton: $46,500 to acquire the 7.5-acre Christopher Property, which contains Christopher Pond, fed directly by a tributary of Lake Pocotopaug. This purchase is motivated by the hope of protecting Christopher Brook, protecting and improving water quality as it suffers from cyanobacterial blooms every summer. If acquired, the public would be permitted to use the property for fishing, kayaking, hiking and picnicking.

East Haddam: $96,900 to purchase the 124-acre Hayward parcel on the O’Connell Road Extension, mostly forest land with mostly oak trees, located at the headwaters of the Eightmile River watershed and home to tree-nesting bird species wood. It is one of a large series of protected open space properties.

For more information, visit portal.ct.gov/DEEP.

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