Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has just announced the release of $7.5 million in state grants in order to preserve over 1,000 acres of open space and renew green spaces in urban areas. Western Connecticut did quite well, with great news especially for Waterbury, Oxford, Southbury, and Sharon.

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Waterbury's Brass City Harvest, Inc. will receive $65,000 from the State in order to create a community garden on an undeveloped portion of their property at 359 Mill Street. That $65,000 will jumpstart a great array of improvements, including the installation of 50 raised beds, picnic tables, and benches, and also an outdoor cooking area and small bee hive project. Brass City Harvest will also plant native species in their gardens to provide food for migrating insects and birds. This is such great news for my friend, BCH Director Michele "Walkabout" Morcey!

Southbury's Bothwell Farm at at 786 Reservoir Road and 443 Woodbury Road will receive $253,500 in sweet Connecticut money in order to clear trails, add boardwalks, and add a wildlife viewing platform into their 31.27 acres. The State has awarded $527,800 to Sharon's Goldfrank Property along Millerton Road (Rt. 361) in order to create a trail up to the summit dome and ridgeline of Indian Mountain.

In Oxford, the Vaill Property at 1117 Good Hill Road will receive $409,500 from the State in order to protect the land from deforestation, and create a foot trail linking to the Lake Zoar Greenway Trail.

Bozrah, East Haddam, Montville, East Hampton, Portland, Killingworth, Madison, Redding, Salisbury, Stamford, Wallingford, Willington, Winchester, Wilton, Groton, Killingly, New Haven, and Windham have also received portions of the $7.5 million dollars in State Grants. Nice work Ned.

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