State Sen. Joseph Crisco Announces $909,500 in Funding for Open Space Grants for Two Sites in Hamden | State Sen. Joseph Crisco: "Senator Joseph Crisco (D-Woodbridge) announced that the 14th round of Open Space Grant awards for 2008 includes $909,500 for two projects in Hamden. The state provides financial assistance for municipalities, nonprofit land conservation organizations and water companies to purchase open space under Connecticut’s Open Space and Watershed land Acquisition Grant Program.
The South Central Regional Water Company has received a grant of $500,000 to purchase 60.4 acres of the Crosby property in Hamden. It will protect the public drinking water supply within the Lake Whitney Reservoir Watershed. The property contains two multi-branched watercourses that flow to Brooksvale Stream or Jeep Brook and 15.9 acres of wetlands/floodplain. Protection of the watercourses will provide a valuable breeding habitat for brook trout and other native fish populations.
The second grant for $409,500 is for the Town of Hamden and includes 40.4 acres at 4226 & 4280 Whitney Avenue. The property abuts the Farmington Canal Greenway, near Brooksvale Park and within the Connecticut Water Authority’s Mill River Watershed. It is considered to be an excellent wildlife habitat with upland areas protecting over 140 bird species and numerous wetlands beneficial to reptiles and amphibians.
“The Open Space grant program has been highly successful in preserving open space across Connecticut for future generations,” said Senator Crisco. “The funding for these two projects in Hamden will not only preserve property, but it will also protect the water supply and the habitat for a number of animals.”