Invasive Species Bill Now Law

July 10, 2019

I was delighted to join Governor Lamont, Danbury colleagues, local advocates and town officials for the signing of legislation I championed to help combat invasive species in Connecticut’s lakes, rivers and ponds.

Combating invasive species is a big issue for Candlewood Lake – and I am extremely proud to have worked with my colleagues and the Environment Committee to get the support needed. This legislation will help New Fairfield, Danbury as well as adjacent towns with controlling harmful species such as zebra mussels, milfoil, and others.

The new law, which will start on January 1, 2020, will require a $5 boat stamp for Connecticut boat owners, and a $25 stamp for out of state boaters that will help fund the removal of invasive species from state rivers. The Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and Ponds Preservation Fund will manage the money collected which will be used to support various education programs.

I am grateful to my colleagues in the House and Senate, environmental advocates, local officials as well as everyone that helped make this legislation a reality. Every step we take towards the protection and preservation of Connecticut’s precious resources is a step in the right direction.