Advocacy

Menunkatuck Audubon is your local voice for the environment through advocacy based on sound science.

We work with local land trusts and other organizations, state and local governments, other Audubon Chapters, Audubon Connecticut, and National Audubon for the adoption of good environmental policy.

Where woods meet marsh at the Griswold Airport Property adjacent to the globally Important Bird Area at Hammonasset.. Photo: Patrick Comins

Where woods meet marsh at the Griswold Airport Property adjacent to the Globally Important Bird Area at Hammonasset..Menunkatuck worked with its partners for 10 years to prevent its development. Photo: Patrick Comins

If there is a local environmental issue that concerns you, please let us know. If it is outside our Chapter area, we can refer you to another Audubon Chapter or Audubon State Office.

Among the issues for which we have advocated are the proposal of gas pipeline company Islander East to run a pipeline to Long Island from North Branford through Branford and into Long Island Sound at Stony Creek.  The pipeline would have followed the Tilcon Railway, crossed Branford Land Trust properties, inland wetlands, and the Nature Trail between Pine Orchard and Stony Creek, and gone through shellfish beds to cross Long Island Sound. Its construction, drilling, dredging, and laying pipe would have destroyed the natural beauty of a coastal Connecticut town, significantly disturbed the marine ecosystem, and permanently damaged shellfish beds. Grassroots advocacy was helpful in getting Islander East to withdraw their proposal.

In 2001 Leyland Development of New York proposed building 260 dwelling units on the 42.5-acre site of the Griswold Airport adjacent to Hammonasset Beach State Park. Menunkatuck brought the proposal to the attention of Audubon and for the next ten years we worked with a variety of partners until Leyland gave up and reached an agreement to sell the land to the Town of Madison for open space use. While Leyland had modified their development proposals over the years, it never would have been anything but a serious encroachment on the critical habitat of Hammonasset with which it shares a 2500-foot border. The shared salt marsh is a Important Bird Area of global significance for the Saltmarsh Sparrow and as an important stop-over for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway.

Current advocacy campaigns are for use of Cape Cod curbing instead of traditional high profile curbing, a ban on the use of balloons in State parks and for high schools to no longer use balloons for graduation celebrations, responsible use of kites in State parks, and encouraging the recycling of monofilament fishing line.