Date: 7/20/20 8:04 am
From: Patrick Comins via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] National Estuarine Research Reserve Meeting
Dear Connecticut Birders:

The CT-NERR (National Estuarine Research Reserve) is currently in a designation process that involves developing an environmental impact statement (EIS) and a management plan (MP). When completed (estimated to be spring 2021), these documents will be submitted to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for review and approval.

As part of the EIS requirements, Connecticut will be hosting a virtual scoping meeting for the public on August 4th between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. The purpose is to provide the public with information on the proposed reserve and to seek input on issues that the EIS should consider. Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), together with steering team partners from University of Connecticut and NOAA, have worked hard to plan the meeting in such a way that it will be open and easy to access while still maintaining NOAA's federal requirements for public comment meetings.

We welcome and encourage you and other experts from your organization to attend this important meeting, which will be managed using the Webex virtual meeting application.
The meeting access details are as follows:

Public Scoping Meeting on Environmental Impact Statement for the CT National Estuarine Research Reserve
Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

To join by computer:
https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=1200263550<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fuconn-cmr.webex.com%2Fuconn-cmr%2Fonstage%2Fg.php%3Ft%3Da%26d%3D1200263550&data=02%7C01%<7Cjamie.vaudrey...>%7C9541ed7076fe401091a508d82338b7e4%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637298073801510678&sdata=Z6slCSk6wTVT7bCUpmiPaJIOsDriSf%2FoIVKnnxaJeH4%3D&reserved=0>

To join by phone:
US Toll: +1-415-655-0002
Access code: 120 026 3550

On or about July 20th, there will be posted on DEEP's website for the CT NERR ( https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Coastal-Resources/NERR/NERR-Home-Page) further information about the meeting protocols. A little later this site will also carry copies of any presentations that were made.

Thank you in advance for participating in this essential public meeting.


Patrick M. Comins
Executive Director

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