Highlights and Happenings: March 2017

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Highlights

New York Moves to Make Unprecedented Investments in Water!

While the Governor and Legislature did not adopt a final state budget by the March 31 deadline, they did pass a "budget extender" to fund the state government until May 31. The extender did include full funding for monumental investments in New York's environment, which we will be working to make sure are kept in the final state budget:

A historic $2.5 billion investment in protecting New York's drinking water. This critical funding will support upgrades of sewage and drinking water infrastructure, green infrastructure projects, source water protection, septic and cesspool upgrades, and more!
A fully-funded Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). For the second year in a row, $300 million will be available for communities across the state to protect water quality, improve parks, conserve land, improve recycling, and so much more!
 
 
Happenings
Brian Smith with Great Lakes advocates.

Fighting Great Lakes Cuts in Washington

CCE's Brian Smith was in Washington with a group of Great Lakes advocates to meet with members of Congress to oppose the President's proposal to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Since 2010, the GLRI has been a game-changer in improving the health of the Great Lakes. The GLRI has helped restore the Buffalo River, restore 150,000 acres of wetlands, and keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Eliminating this successful program is shortsighted and dangerous, and we are counting on Congress to fully fund the GLRI!
Long Island Lobby Coalition.

CCE Pushes Hard for a Strong Environmental Budget in New York

As the NY budget season comes to a close, CCE is busy in Albany and throughout the state working to ensure that critical environmental programs, including the Environmental Protection Fund, drinking water protection, and water infrastructure projects, are fully funded. Highlights include:

Oceans, Estuaries, and Great Lakes Lobby Day: We joined with our coalition partners to urge the Legislature to continue the State's historic $15 million annual commitment to protecting our ocean, estuaries, and Great Lakes.
Long Island Lobby Day: We traveled to Albany for our 9th annual trip with the Long Island Lobby Coalition, which represents over 90 groups, to advance small business assistance, drinking and wastewater infrastructure improvements, and public transportation.
Rallies for Clean Water Infrastructure: We joined with our partners at the NY Association of General Contractors and others from Rebuild NY at a series of rallies in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany to call for increased state funding for clean water infrastructure.

Target Stores Agree to Toxic Chemical Phase-Out

As part of the national "Mind the Store" campaign, Target has agreed to identify and phase out harmful chemicals in its products. CCE and Coalition for a Safe & Healthy CT visited the Target store in Meriden, CT to thank Target for its leadership in reducing our exposure to chemicals of concern and investing in safer alternatives. Thank you, Target!

Banning Crumb Rubber on CT Playgrounds

CCE joined Connecticut moms, kids, environmental groups, and legislators at a press conference to push for a ban on crumb rubber and rubber mulch on school and public playgrounds. Crumb rubber and rubber mulch made from shredded car and truck tires have been shown to contain toxic chemicals, including known carcinogens. Look out for opportunities soon to help us get this important legislation past the finish line in CT!
CCE's Lou Burch with CT legislators.

Nuclear Power is NOT a Renewable Energy

CCE's Lou Burch stood with legislators, environmental groups, and consumer advocates in opposition to a bill that would allow Millstone Nuclear Power Plant to get subsidies under Connecticut's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which is intended for clean, renewable energy. The RPS is a critical program designed to ensure that energy providers in Connecticut procure a certain percentage of the electricity they sell from clean, renewable sources. Nuclear power is not clean energy, and CCE will continue to fight to ensure that the RPS continues to benefit real, renewable energy, including wind and solar, and not nuclear power.

Talkin' About Environmental Protection in NY and CT

In CT, we participated in the Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Food, Farm, and Gardening Conference to talk to attendees about water protection, pollinator health, and toxics reduction. In NY, we gave a presentation at Dominican Village, a retirement community founded by Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, to speak about threats to Long Island's water and what residents can do to reduce nitrogen, pharmaceuticals, and other emerging contaminants in local water resources.

Upcoming: Learn More About Going Solar on Long Island

Thinking about going solar? SunPower by EmPower Solar is hosting educational webinars to educate homeowners about solar energy on Thursday, April 20. There will two webinars: 12-1pm and 7-8pm. As a CCE member, find out about the exclusive solar rebate you qualify for (up to $800). Sign up for a session today.

Upcoming: State of the Bays 2017

On April 7, at 7pm, Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University will be presenting "State of the Bays 2017: Hope at the Brink" at Stony Brook's Southampton campus. This in-depth presentation will provide an overview of the various threats to our waterways and new technologies currently being developed to prevent and reverse future impairment. This is a great way to learn more about the threats to Long Island's water and what we need to do to protect our resources for future generations.
 
 
Our Blog
Image: CCE Blog at blog.citizenscampaign.org.

New blog post from the month of March:

Nuclear is NOT Renewable! Connecticut's Lawmakers Taking Our State Energy Policy in the Wrong Direction
 
 
 
CCE in the News
March 29, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: Lawmakers agree to include water protection in state budget
 
March 29, 2017 – from Long Island Press: Trump Obliterates Obama Environmental Regulations
 
March 28, 2017 – from CTPost: Connecticut vows to fight rollback on environment
 
March 28, 2017 – from The Island Now: Bosworth urges state officials to remove water contaminant
 
March 28, 2017 – from Port Washington Patch: Chemical Exceeds EPA Risk Guidelines In North Hempstead's Water Supply
 
March 27, 2017 – from Madison County Courier: Los Blancos to headline first Concert for a Cause
 
March 24, 2017 – from WTNH News 8: Environmentalists fight to keep the bottle deposit law
 
March 23, 2017 – from Riverhead LOCAL: Zeldin Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Fund Long Island Sound Programs
 
March 22, 2017 – from WLIW New York: Wind Energy on Long Island
 
March 22, 2017 – from CBS New York: Westhampton Beach Residents Sue Over Concerns About Hazardous Chemical In Water
 
March 21, 2017 – from CBS Connecticut: RAY DUNAWAY: The Latest on the Bottle Bill
 
March 17, 2017 – from Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Monroe County sewage discharge into Lake Ontario above legal limits
 
March 16, 2017 – from Newsday: Give water purity high priority
 
March 16, 2017 – from Newsday: Pressure builds in Albany to OK Long Island water plan
 
March 16, 2017 – from Water Online: Study Highlights Breadth Of Dioxane Contamination
 
March 15, 2017 – from Manhasset Press: Glass Half Empty
 
March 15, 2017 – from LongIsland.com: Suozzi Appointed Co-Chair of Bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus
 
March 14, 2017 – from 27east: Elevated Levels Of Chemical Found In Public Well In Montauk
 
March 14, 2017 – from CT News Junkie: Is It Time to Increase or Eliminate Connecticut's Bottle Bill?
 
March 14, 2017 – from Water Online: Senator Introduces Bill Urging U.S. EPA To Set Stronger Drinking Water Standards
 
March 13, 2017 – from Clean Technica: European Developers Propose Offshore Wind Farms Off Long Island, Martha's Vineyard
 
March 13, 2017 – from WTNH: State considers several options for bottle recycling bills
 
March 13, 2017 – from WKBW Buffalo: Pushing to keep Great Lakes funding
 
March 13, 2017 – from Riverhead Local: Zeldin calls for continuation of funding for L.I. Sound, National Estuary programs
 
March 12, 2017 – from Newsday: Senate Republicans release $8B clean water spending plan
 
March 12, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: Environmentalists, leaders question wind farm off Fire Island
 
March 9, 2017 – from Newsday: Deepwater holds hearing on planned wind farm off Rhode Island
 
March 9, 2017 – from SatPRNews: A.G. Schneiderman Highlights Local Impacts Of Trump Environmental Budget Cuts
 
March 7, 2017 – from Newsday: Southold Town Beach 'almost gone' from years of erosion
 
March 4, 2017 – from Newsday: Cuomo, lawmakers grapple over $5B water quality bond act
 
March 3, 2017 – from LongIsland.com: Governor Cuomo Announces $800,000 in Funds Available for Resiliency and Water Quality Improvement Projects on Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve
 
March 2, 2017 – from Long-Islander News: Report: Dangerous Carcinogen Found In Local Drinking Water
 
 
 

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