Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality Misses the Most Important News About the Long Island Sound Cleanup
You remember the background: Connecticut’s representatives in Hartford decided that even though the state is mandating towns and cities to upgrade their sewage treatment plants, and even though the state promised years ago to provide grants and low interest loans to the towns and cities, they were not going to put money in the Clean Water Fund for the sewage plant upgrades. Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound has estimated that unless the decision is reversed, it will delay the cleanup for 25 years beyond its federally-approved 2014 deadline.
The Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, which was created in 1971 as an independent board whose job is to review environmental trends in the state and report annually to the governor, released its 2005 report yesterday and, astonishingly, it says nothing about the Legislature’s abandonment of the Sound cleanup.
On the contrary, the report paints a rosy picture of nitrogen removal. Here’s an excerpt that sums up the report’s point of view on the issue:
Connecticut’s investment in nitrogen-removal technology has been successful. The goal for 2004 was met three years ahead of schedule.
True enough, I suppose, as far as it goes. But remember, the controversy over funding the Clean Water Fund was going on as long ago as last November. You’d think the agency whose job it is to track trends would have noticed.