May 31, 2018
Contact: Karl Wagener, Executive
Link to Full Report: https://www.ct.gov/ceq/AnnualReport
CEQ’s Annual Environmental Quality Report
Ties Connecticut to Regional Climate Trends
HARTFORD – Connecticut’s air, water, wildlife and
human health are showing the effects of warming temperatures and heavier rainfalls, the hallmarks of a changing climate, according to the state
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
Each year, the
CEQ publishes the state’s environmental quality report. The report for 2017 was
submitted to Governor Dannel P. Malloy yesterday.
In her letter to Governor Malloy, Council Chair Susan Merrow of East Haddam said, "As you know, one major factor influencing
most of these environmental quality indicators is the changing climate. In most cases, warming
temperatures and episodic rainfall hinder Connecticut's mission to improve air
and water quality.
"This year's report includes a new feature:
for every indicator that is affected by climate change (which is nearly all of
them), the reader will find a link to "Climate Notes" with more information that
explains the relationship."
This year's report also introduces a new section called "Invasions." Merrow said. One consequence of a warming climate is
wave after wave of invasive pests. "Invasions" is the new section that documents
this phenomenon, beginning this year with charts showing the remarkable
incursion of Asian tiger mosquitoes into Connecticut."
The report summarizes 2017 in this way: "As in many
recent years, each improvement of 2017 was countered by a step backward in
another part of the environment. Air was better, beaches were closed more often.
More eagles, fewer bats. And so on."
"There is a
reason that Connecticut residents' continued commitment to a more
healthful environment does not yield quicker, more satisfying results:
Connecticut's location in a changing climate. Connecticut
residents take pride in the unique history and beauty of their state. There is
uniqueness in Connecticut's challenges, too. The seas of the world, for example,
are rising everywhere, but nowhere more quickly than the shores of New England.
That is just one challenge."
The report notes that climate change is not the only hindrance to environmental progress: "Public investment in the land and wildlife of Connecticut is vitally important.
There has been improvement in the acreage of farmland preserved in the last
three years, but Connecticut is not on track to attain its land-conservation
The reader also will find references to the
public trust in the air, water, wildlife and other natural resources of
Connecticut, an essential ingredient of this state's environmental
“We will continue to consult climate change
experts,” Merrow concluded. “Many people have come to rely on our reports for
accurate and unbiased data on Connecticut’s environment, so we will make sure
that all new climate change information is updated and
Established in 1971, the Council on
Environmental Quality submits Connecticut’s annual report on the status of the
environment to the Governor pursuant to section 22a-12 of the Connecticut
General Statutes. Additional responsibilities of the Council include review of
construction projects of other state agencies, publication of the twice-monthly
Environmental Monitor, and investigation of citizens’ complaints and
allegations of violations of environmental laws. The Council is a nine-member
board that is independent of the Department of Energy and Environmental
Protection (except for administrative functions). The chairman and four other
members are appointed by the Governor, two members by the President Pro Tempore
of the Senate and two by the Speaker of the House. All serve without
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