Watershed protection paramount in Saddle Ridge decision

Developer evaluating judge’s decision and options

Saddle Ridge Village. Easton Courier archives

Town officials have reacted positively to the Jan. 25 court decision to dismiss the appeals of Saddle Ridge Development LLC and Silver Sports LP against the Easton Planning and Zoning Commission and the Easton Conservation Commission.

The decision capped years of dissension over a proposal to build Saddle Ridge Village, a nearly 100-unit development with affordable housing units on a 124.7-acre site on watershed land bordering Cedar Hill, Silver Hill, Sport Hill, and Westport roads.

But the court decision may not mark the end of the proceedings.

The developer has 20 days to request the appellate court to hear the case on appeal, attorney Ira Bloom of Berchem, Moses & Devlin of Westport said. Bloom represented the Planning and Zoning and Conservation commissions.

And Huntley “Bucky” Stone, who owns Saddle Ridge Development LLC and Silver Sports LP along with partner Robert Carlson, appears to be continuing his fight to win his case.

“We recognize that this process is a marathon, not a sprint,” Stone said on Jan. 26. “We’re nowhere near ‘hitting the wall.’”

Hunt said the court decision “was no surprise. It was my prediction. It’s the safe way of going.”

Critics of the development project were jubilant over the court decision.

“Everybody’s thrilled,” said Verne Gay, president of Citizens for Easton and a member of the Coalition to Save Easton, a sub-group of CFE that was an environmental intervener in the case. “It was the best possible news and outcome.”

The group made the effort to stop Saddle Ridge because building the development “would set a terrible precedent for building on watershed land,” Gay said, and would run contrary to the town’s agrarian character.

“It was a bad idea,” he said. “I’m so grateful to Judge Berger for being so thorough and fair.”

In fact, watershed issues were paramount in reaching the decision to dismiss the appeals, according to the memorandum of decision.

“The preservation and protection of the wetlands and watercourses from random, unnecessary, undesirable and unregulated uses, disturbance or destruction is in the public interest and is essential to the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the state,” the document reads.

In accordance with the state legislature’s directions to protect the town’s watersheds, the town’s land use commissions “properly reviewed the impact of Saddle Ridge’s proposal and denied the applications,” the memorandum reads.

First Selectman Adam Dunsby said the court “made a well-reasoned decision affirming the Easton Planning and Zoning Commission and the Easton Conservation Commission’s determination that the public drinking water watershed is an important public interest that merits the strongest protection.”

Bloom said he was “very pleased” about the court decision.

“I thought the decision was very thorough and complete and cited much of the evidence that the commissions relied upon in making their decisions,” Bloom said. “Both commissions should be commended for their extensive work on these cases. They did a very good job.”

The judge consolidated the developer’s two appeals — to the Conservation Commission on wetlands issues and to P&Z on the affordable housing piece — this past September, Bloom said.

A Sept. 8 court hearing followed fruitless settlement talks and rejection by the P&Z Commission in January 2015 of Easton Crossing, the developers’ alternative proposal.

The density of the Saddle Ridge proposal exceeded what was recommended by the state for development in a watershed — one unit per two buildable acres

— according to Bloom’s brief for the P&Z at the hearing.

Attorney Matthew Ranelli of Shipman & Goodwin of Hartford represents the developers.

Ranelli said the Easton Crossing 48-unit housing development with affordable accessory apartments was an attempt to find a solution with the P&Z, but resolution wasn’t reached.

Ranelli said he couldn’t comment at length about the Jan. 25 court decision because his general policy is not to comment when cases are still pending.

“We’re evaluating the decision and our options,” he said.

Stone said he and Carlson are “digesting” the 57-page memorandum of decision.

“We take it very seriously,” he said

SADDLE RIDGE -DISMISSED

Citizens for Easton is pleased to announce a victory in the decision of the Saddle Ridge court case yesterday. Hartford Superior Court Judge Marshall Berger, citing the Connecticut State Legislature’s directives to preserve and protect the water resources of the State, has wisely dismissed Saddle Ridge Developers, LLC appeals against the Easton Planning and Zoning Commission and Conservation Commission’s decisions.

 

This decision will aid in protecting the public drinking water supply for the more than 400,000 state residents, who depend daily  on the water’s safety and potability.

 

With your crucial support, the Coalition to Save Easton was able to intervene in this legal matter to protect the watershed, the public drinking water supply, and the zoning which was enacted to protect both.

 

On behalf of the board of Citizens for Easton, thank you!

Partnership would preserve Gilbertie property Land and greenhouses would be protected for open space and farming

Dan Levinson, president of Main Street Resources, and Sal Gilbertie shake hands to seal their business deal.

A third-generation farmer, Sal Gilbertie gets up every morning and goes to work all day in his four acres of greenhouses on Adams Road. He grows petite edibles, cut greens and other USDA-certified organic products to sell to leading food markets in the tri-state area.

He and his family own and operate Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center in Westport, begun by his grandfather, in addition to farming the wholesale operation in Easton.

Farming is what Gilbertie loves, and at 79, he shows no signs of slowing down or wanting to do anything else.

“I hope I can keep doing it all my life,” he said at the end of a busy workday.

But farming has challenges beyond dawn-to-dusk hard work and the whims of Mother Nature.

Three years ago, financial reality forced him to sell the 34-acre property on Adams and Keller roads that he and his wife, Marie, purchased in 1984. Dan Levinson, president of Main Street Resources, a limited liability company in Westport, bought it. Gilbertie continues to operate his business through a lease with Levinson.

Levinson and David Brant, executive director of the Aspetuck Land Trust, want to create a conservation easement that would preserve 15.4 acres of the property as open space and have approached the town of Easton about forming a partnership.

The site abuts Randall’s Farm Preserve, the 34-acre former farm that Joan DuPont donated to the land trust three years ago.

Brant and Ross Ogden, a Planning and Zoning Commission alternate, presented a broad overview of the proposed partnership to the Board of Selectmen, subject to negotiations and taxpayer approval.

The other half of the property, with its working greenhouses and buildings, plus the house, which sits on three acres, would continue to be a farm.

Brant said the proposed venture would be “a nice extension” to the 34 acres Joan Dupont donated, and that the land trust “would work very hard to come to some kind of a deal.”

“We love Easton, which has a great agricultural heritage and ongoing agricultural enterprises,” Brant said. “Preventing Gilbertie’s farm from being developed is a good thing. It’s fortunate that Dan has the means and inclination to preserve it as an agricultural enterprise.”

Sport Hill Farm also grows vegetables on the site, Brant said.

With regard to the 14 acres that would be preserved as open space, Brant said the land trust would undertake fund raising to come up with the money to purchase it, if the town is able to be a partner.

“We’d like to see Gilbertie’s Farm preserved, and we’re going to try to make it happen,” First Selectman Adam Dunsby said.

The town has a fund for fees in lieu of open space that can be used only for open space purchases. People who come before the Planning and Zoning Commission for subdivision approvals have the choice of donating 15% of the land they are developing or the cash equivalent. Over the years the fund has accrued $806,916.

Two other funds might be able to be tapped for money for this purpose, the agriculture land preservation fund, which has $66,595 and the land acquisition fund, which has $8,752.

“So the town is in the rare position of actually having money that could be used for this purpose as I understand it,” Dunsby said. “If the town participated, there would be no tax impact. We would be drawing on existing funds.”

Since the partnership involves a purchase, it would require a referral to the Planning and Zoning Commission, meetings with the Board of Finance and a Town Meeting. Nothing is set in stone since the idea is in the conceptual stage, subject to negotiations, but the parties are anxious to move it forward.

“We purchased the property from Sal three years ago to protect it and are hoping to work with the land trust, the town and Sal to put a transaction together that protects the farm long-term for the community,” Levinson said. “We would love to keep it as an operating farm and protect it from rising prices and fear of future development.”

Levinson said Easton is one of the few parts of the world that has a shot at preserving small, working farms, “preserving something really beautiful.”

“We believe that the local food system is really critical in New England, and places like Gilbertie’s can play a critical role in bringing local farming back to life,” Levinson said.

He is cofounder to the Green Village Initiative, a nonprofit in Bridgeport, whose mission is to create social, economic and environmental change through a network of ,  and . The initiative promotes and educates the community about nutrition, healthy eating, agriculture, and gardening in an urban setting.

“We have a strong interest to get something done in the town’s and land trust’s interest, as we set out to protect the farm,” Levinson said.

Gilbertie said he just had his best quarter selling petite edibles and is excited about the prospect of working with Brant and Levinson, whom he considers friends, and the town to preserve the farming legacy in Easton.

A renowned expert on herbs and vegetables,Gilbertie has written half a dozen books, available on Amazon.com, and appeared on the Martha Stewart Show.

Stewart had this to say about Gilbertie’s fifth book, Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening: “Whether you have a real garden or just a window box, I can think of no better guide to creating a sustainable herb and vegetable garden than Sal Gilbertie,” she said. “For more than 30 years I have turned to Sal for healthy, productive plants. With this useful and informative book, he can help you, too, cultivate your garden.”

CFE applies for program to save South Park

The Mill River is one of only nine Class A Wild Trout Streams left in Connecticut out of over 300 streams. The Mill River is unique in that it is pure enough and cold enough to sustain wild trout despite being on the edge of a suburban area. — Archive photo

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

That line from Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi song sums up what Citizens for Easton doesn’t want to see happen to the town-owned South Park property.

Rather, the local group’s goal is “to preserve something the town already owns,” according to CFE President Verne Gay.

William Kupinse, former first selectman and CFE member, has said it many times at Board of Selectmen meetings, as have other members.

Now CFE has taken action to bring the goal to fruition by applying to the state’s Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust program.

“The application is representative of our interest and passion for this property,” Gay said. “The organization started with South Park. It’s inspired CFE for 40 or 50 years and been the rallying part of the organization for years.”

That said, he is circumspect about the group’s chances of winning the competitive grant due to the high price the town still owes for the land and the work First Selectman Adam Dunsby and the Board of Selectmen is doing to try to sell it to make good on the investment and help the taxpayers.

“It’s not a criticism of Adam or the Board of Selectmen,” he said. “It allows us to have a say on another alternative, rather than selling it wholesale. It’s a little effort to say, Here is another idea consistent with Citizens for Easton and the town’s goals.”

The selectmen in December referred South Park to the Planning and Zoning Commission to assess whether the site might be appropriate for senior housing. They also cited protection of the Mill River and preservation of open space surrounding the river as a high priority.

CFE is among 16 entities vying for the state program. Gay presumes that all of the applications contain compelling reasons why they should be selected, as CFE’s does.

“One of our board members said, Why don’t we file an application and see what comes of it?” he said. “There is no guarantee it will come through. It’s one of a number of ideas CFE has had to preserve South Park that may or may not turn out into something. We hope it does.”

The Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust program was created by the legislature in 1986 to help preserve Connecticut’s natural heritage and is the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s primary program for acquiring land to expand the state’s system of parks, forests, wildlife, and open spaces.

Through the program, the DEEP manages the acquisition of land that represents the ecological and cultural diversity of Connecticut, with a focus on unique features such as rivers, mountains, rare natural communities, scenic qualities, historic significance, connections to other protected land, and access to water.

To qualify, each potential acquisition should possess one or more of the following attributes:

• Provide high-quality recreation opportunities, either active or passive.

• Conserve a unique, natural area or protect a species considered threatened, endangered or of special concern.

• Represent a prime, natural feature of the Connecticut landscape.

The CFE application satisfies all of the attributes, Gay said.

High-quality recreation

CFE’s application cites the property as the beginning point for a potential green belt in this part of the state for trails that would run north through the Easton Reservoir into the Easton or Trumbull side.

Or it could go out through the Hattertown area as a contiguous trail north to Danbury, extending for as much as 20 or 25 miles. Bikers, hikers and runners could use it as a recreational resource, Gay said.

Preservation of rare wild trout and brown trout would be a boon to fishermen as well as protecting threatened species.

Protection of threatened species

Preserving the site as open space would protect the wild trout and brown trout that live in the Mill River.

“Here’s one thing we included from Trout Unlimited,” Gay said.

The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s Mill River Improvement Project stated on its website: “Our most important current stream restoration work is the Mill River Improvement Project which consists of restoring and protecting the Mill River, one of only nine Class A Wild Trout Streams left in our state out of over 300 streams. The Mill is unique in that it is pure enough and cold enough to sustain wild trout despite being on the edge of an extremely suburban area.”

Prime landscape feature

The scenic river views from the South Park property lend themselves to environmental field study by school groups, day trippers and hikers, Gay said.

The CFE application included a statement from Catherine Labadia, deputy state historic preservation officer and staff archaeologist in the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development.

Labadia described some prime natural landscape features that further quality for the site for the state preservation program.

“This type of environment setting is frequently associated with Native American settlement,” Labadia wrote. “Based on the known archeological resources in the vicinity, it is the opinion of this office that the property has the potential to contain significant archeological resources.”

Site history

The town purchased the South Park property in 2008 from Running Brook Farm to protect the land that borders the Mill River from high-density housing.

Easton paid $6,150,000 for 29 acres and entered into a lease/option agreement with the New England Prayer Center. The prayer center paid $300,000 up front and $75,000 each year in lease and option payments.

Plan B was to rezone the property into 14 one-acre building lots. Many residents favored this option, but no developer has shown an interest to date.

The agreement with the Prayer Center was supposed to end in 2010, but clauses in the contract permitted six-month extensions for $37,500 each if a third party were to appeal the town’s approval of the prayer center’s building plan, as was the case.

Gina and Dan Blaze, prayer center founders, lost the option to purchase the property when their final lease renewal extension expired. They continue to pay rent to occupy the house on the site.

Petition seeks to save Mill River in Easton On town-owned South Park site

The Mill River in Easton runs through the town-owned South Park property. — Archive photo

A New England fishing club is seeking signatures on a petition to help save the Mill River in Easton. Scott Garland of fishingnortheast.net started the petition with a single signature, and now has 94 supporters and is seeking more.

The Mill River in Easton flows through the 29-acre town-owned South Park property. The Board of Selectmen is seeking a return on its $6.1 million investment in the site after the would-be buyer, the New England Prayer Center lost its final option to purchase the property. The selectmen have set preservation of the Mill River and open space around it as a high priority as they seek possible development options for the site.

The Fishing Northeast club encompasses Connecticut, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The petition cites the upper Mill River in Easton “as one of the most significant wild trout streams in all of New England. It is exceptionally unique in its characteristic. There is nowhere else in all of New England where you can find a tailwater release Class 1 WTMA (Wild Trout Management Area, containing abundant wild trout and not stocked) that runs for a few short miles and empties into a 60 ft. deep thermal refuge.”

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has realized the stream’s significance and is in the process of changing the regulations from Route 59 down to Lake Mohegan to catch and release only, making the entire upper stretch of the stream from the Easton Reservoir all the way to Lake Mohegan one continuous wild trout management area, according to the petition.

The South Park property is just below the reservoir and has been the subject of much debate over the years. CLICK HERE to read about the site. Easton bought the parcel in 2008 to save it from high-density housing and is now looking to recoup the money and allow a smaller scale development.

“The problem is that there is no city sewer in that area and all of the waste, run-off etc. from any development would need to go into the ground, which will eventually pollute the river and kill off a population of brook trout that have thrived in that river since the last glacier,” the petition states.

Garland asks fishermen and members of the public to show their support in helping keep the Mill River and the natural habitat that thrive in its waters by signing this petition and not allowing any type of development by the State of Connecticut or the Town of Easton.

People can CLICK HERE to sign the online petition and leave a comment.

Garland advises interested parties to send an email Citizens for Easton,cfe@citizensforeaston.org, to receive updates. Citizens for Easton has applied for a program to save South Park as open space through the Connecticut Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust program. CLICK HERE to read about the application.

The public is encouraged to attend Easton Board of Selectmen meetings (bi-monthly; agendas posted on Town of Easton website. CLICK HERE for Board of Selectmen agendas).

The petition to save the Mill River lists the names of Easton;s selectmen and urges people to contact them.

They are First Selectman Adam Dunsby, adunsby@eastonct.gov; Selectman Carrie Colangelo, carriecolangelo@optonline.net; and Selectman Robert Lessler, rlessler@eastonct.gov and BCC cfe@citizensforeaston.org.

Easton, Conn.: Embracing a Farming Culture-From the NY Times

cfe-new-york-times-symbolEaston, Conn.: Embracing a Farming Culture

NOV. 11, 2015

By LISA PREVOST

Patti and Allan Popp didn’t move to the rural town of Easton, Conn., to take up farming. They were simply searching for more privacy than they had at their previous home in Stratford. Ms. Popp happened to fall in love with a 1740 house in foreclosure along one of Easton’s main routes, Sport Hill Road.

But within a few years of arriving in town in 1997, Ms. Popp, who worked as an office manager for a doctor, and her husband, a landscaper, decided to take a gamble. Ms. Popp’s employer was retiring, and she was ready for something new. So, like many Eastonites before them, the Popps would try to earn a living from the land.

Living In

The learning curve, Ms. Popp said, was enormous, and in the early years, when trial and error slowly revealed what their soil was and was not suited for, Mr. Popp’s landscaping business kept them financially afloat. Several times, they came close to giving up. But today, 15 years after they first began clearing their land, their business, Sport Hill Farm, can be counted among Easton’s small but established ranks of successful farms, with three acres of its own and 35 acres leased elsewhere.
The community has “welcomed us here,” Ms. Popp said, “even though we are one of the newer farms.”

A town of roughly 7,500, Easton is a rarity among Fairfield County suburbs in that it is home to at least 20 farms of varying sizes, from part-time specialty operations to large-scale agritourism attractions. The town is still predominantly woodland, largely because the four reservoirs within its borders put much of the land out of bounds for development — the Aquarion Water Company is a major landowner and the largest taxpayer by far.

With so much of the town in the watershed, “there isn’t a tremendous amount of land for big agriculture,” said Irv Silverman, who owns the 50-acre Silverman’s Farm, which draws many thousands of visitors every year to its pick-your-own orchards, berry fields and petting zoo. “There are only five or six farms here that are substantial enough to have at least 30 or 40 acres. But a lot of other little farms have come into existence.”

Easton’s peaceful, rural feel was the primary draw for Angenette and Bill Lynch, who moved from Stamford with their two children last year. Ms. Lynch grew up in a small town in upstate New York, and Easton felt familiar.

When a four-bedroom house went on the market right next door to one of Mr. Lynch’s cousins, the couple jumped, paying slightly more than the asking price, to get it. Mr. Lynch’s commute into New York City, where he is chief operations officer for the Specialty Food Association, is longer, “but this location checks all his boxes in terms of where he wants to be living,” Ms. Lynch said. And they are happier with the public school system in Easton; in Stamford, they paid for parochial school.

Easton’s small-town atmosphere is reinforced by avid conservationism and strict zoning. Commercial development consists of not much more than a couple of convenience stores and a single sit-down restaurant, the Olde Blue Bird Inn, serving breakfast and lunch. The Blue Bird is popular for weekend brunch, but you have to bring your own vodka for your Bloody Mary — no place in Easton sells alcohol.

What You’ll Find

Although Easton covers 27 square miles, it has only around 2,500 households, which makes it far less dense than the rest of the county — 274 people per square mile, versus the county average of 1,468, according to state calculations. Easton is not on the Metro-North rail line, so New York City commuters typically drive to the station in downtown Fairfield.

Many residents work at the headquarters of General Electric, which sits just outside Easton’s border in Fairfield. The company’s announcement earlier this year that it is considering relocating outside Connecticut is a source of concern, although the effect of a move on the local housing market would depend on where G.E. relocated and whether the company moved some or all of its offices, said Gayle Worthington, an agent with William Raveis Real Estate who lives in Easton.

Lower Easton — defined as the section below the blinking yellow light in the town center at Beers and Sport Hill Roads, according to Ms. Worthington — has mostly one-acre zoning. Upper Easton has three-acre-minimum zoning.

There are no condominiums or apartment complexes. A controversial proposal by the Saddle Ridge development company for 99 housing units, a portion of them affordable, on about 124 acres in the three-acre zone is on appeal in state Superior Court, having been turned down by the town’s planning and zoning commission, said Adam Dunsby, the first selectman, who acts as the town’s chief executive.

What You’ll Pay

The roughly 120 homes on the market earlier this month were priced from $450,000 to $2.9 million. The bulk of the properties fell between $600,000 and $1 million.

The number of sales was down about 12 percent this year as of the end of September compared with a year earlier, according to Ms. Worthington. The median sales price of $595,000 is up slightly over last year, but is still 22 percent below the market high in 2006, she said.

Properties in Lower Easton tend to sell more quickly because of their proximity to Fairfield and the Merritt Parkway, said Kelly Higgins, an agent with Coldwell Banker. But over all, buyers who choose Easton are usually seeking more house for their money, relative to towns on the rail line, and a small-town lifestyle, she said.

Sixteen new houses are planned at Easton Woods, a 44-home subdivision developed in phases beginning in the late 1980s, according to Jeff Wright, the listing agent and the owner-broker of Re/Max Right Choice in Trumbull. Twelve lots of three acres and up are still available. The homes start at 4,000 square feet; prices range from $1.3 million to $2 million, Mr. Wright said.

What to Do

Easton has a senior center, a public library and a community center, which has a rock-climbing wall and a fitness center.

The 730-acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve, which extends into Weston, welcomes hikers, dogs and horseback riders to its trail system.

The Easton Parks and Recreation department runs a variety of after-school activities for children, as well as an extended-day program with drop-offs as early as 7 a.m. and pickups as late as 6 p.m.

The members-only Easton Racquet Club has tennis courts and a swimming pool.

The outdoor patio at the Easton Village Store, which offers a variety of takeout sandwiches, soups and prepared dishes, is a popular meeting place.

The Schools

Samuel Staples Elementary School, built in 2005 with a distinctive barnlike design, serves about 600 students in kindergarten through Grade 5, as well as about 30 preschoolers.

Helen Keller Middle School, for Grades 6 through 8, features a high-tech innovation lab, said Thomas H. McMorran, the schools superintendent.

Joel Barlow High School, which is in a separate school district shared with the town of Redding, serves just over 1,000 students and has a 98 percent graduation rate, Mr. McMorran said. SAT scores for the class of 2015 were 561 for reading, 567 for math and 561 for writing; state averages were 504, 506, and 504.

The Commute

The drive to the station in downtown Fairfield takes 15 to 25 minutes. Travel time to Grand Central during peak hours runs from around 70 to 90 minutes. A monthly rail pass is $354.76 purchased online.

The History

Mills once drove the Easton economy, but little evidence of that past remains. According to a history linked to the town website, in the late 19th century, the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company began buying up land in Easton in order to secure water for that nearby city, where thriving factories were drawing people by the thousands. The waterside mill sites were chief among those acquisitions, and the buildings were demolished along the way.

SADDLE RIDGE TRIAL FOR 99 TOWNHOUSES AT THE INTERSECTION OF SPORT HILL RD AND 136

Our effort to protect the watershed, along with Easton’s historic mandate to protect it, has reached a critical point.  Still the battle is not over and we need your financial support.”

On September 8, 2015, Hartford Superior Court Judge Marshall K. Berger heard the Saddle Ridge appeal to build nearly one hundred “townhouses” on 110.5 acres on watershed land.

Should this appeal succeed, it will come to represent the highest density of housing in Easton’s history, demolishing longstanding zoning regulations that have been in place for over seventy years.

Of far greater significance, a successful appeal means that the watershed which has served greater Fairfield county for a century will be subject to the predation of those who seek short term financial gain at the expense of those who depend on a clean, sustainable supply of water for generations to come.

With your help, CFE has successfully opposed this development.

We’ve done this because of YOU.

You’ve heard the reasons because you know exactly what the stakes are.

You know this development would pollute wetlands and the many watercourses that drain directly into two major reservoirs — the Easton and the Aspetuck — that serve over half a million people in Fairfield county.

You know this proposed development would set a precedent for other high density housing developments.

You know this would be the beginning of a long and perilous slide — an irreversible slide.

During the Sept. 8 trial, Ira Boom, Attorney for Easton, and CFE’s attorney, Janet Brooks, relied heavily on testimony provided by the experts engaged by CFE/CSE. The good news is that both Ms. Brooks and Mr. Bloom mounted a strong, vigorous defense of our argument — YOUR argument.

You have been with us on this long and difficult process for five years. You have supported our efforts. You have contributed your thoughts. You have contributed your energy. You have also contributed your financial support. And we at CFE are asking for continued support — moral, emotional and financial. Please continue to give what you can of any those, mindful of the fact that this is not over yet.

We have now arrived at the final hurdle. We have an attorney, Ms. Brooks, who has been absolutely essential in getting us to this point. We’re lucky to have her, and we need her to clear that final hurdle.  We’re getting close to the end. But we’re not there yet. Please consider a donation to CFE/CSE today.

This is about the future of the watershed. This is also about the future of Easton. Future generations are depending on us to make the right decision right now.

We have so far.

You can pay via PayPal using this link

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Or mail a check payable to CFE/CSE, PO Box 151, Easton, CT  06612.

Without your support, this development would already have been a reality.

Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Citizens for Easton is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Board of Citizens For Easton