Watching the Watchdogs and Reviving the Oysters
As helpful as federal spending might be, Mr. Lufkin also has his sights set on local laws. In 2005, he said, the state of Connecticut withdrew its funding for water cleanup, slashing the $50 million it spent each year between 1987 and 2003.
“We as citizens are at fault because we let them get away with it,” Mr. Lufkin said.
And from Clinton: Diseases (presumably Dermo and MSX) wiped out the oyster population of Clinton, Connecticut, in the 1990s. But after a few survivors were found, the town is trying to revive the oyster population:
Working over this past summer, and with the help of the state Bureau of Aquaculture, the commission has discovered healthy oysters in Clinton’s rivers, and believes those oysters may be a disease-resistant species that, with suitable water quality and proper management, can thrive.