River and Stream Buffers
Natural resource protection in the state could be greatly enhanced
by developing state wide river and stream buffer guidelines.
Currently within the state of Connecticut, each of the 169 cities
and towns develops their own guidelines for buffers. Some towns
in the state have adopted very strict guidelines, however watersheds
and the resulting water quality, as well as the critical wildlife
habitats in these riparian corridors are effected well beyond
the political boundaries of each town. This study proposes to
have the state begin the process of developing statewide standards
that are similar to the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act.