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Rep. Buck-Taylor thanks Project CLEAR for work over the past year

July 2, 2013

NEW MILFORD photo7– During its annual Final Presentation, State Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor thanked the Candlewood Lake Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (CLEAR) for its continuing efforts to protect Candlewood Lake.

CLEAR is a coalition of high school students from Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman who work together to improve the environment at Candlewood Lake including its water quality. Many of the students go onto environmental studies in college, using much of what they learned through Project CLEAR to jumpstart their careers.

Representative Buck-Taylor, R-New Milford, celebrated the organization’s community service and commitment to Candlewood Lake’s environment. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) works closely with CLEAR to see that Candlewood Lake projects are recognized at the state level.

“As a member of the Environment Committee of the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut, I am delighted to be here tonight,” Representative Buck-Taylor said on Friday. “This team effort of volunteers from the Candlewood Lake Authority, from Education Connection staff, from scientists and teachers and from the students in area schools is greatly appreciated at the State level. Project CLEAR helps keep DEEP and the science community updated as to Candlewood Lake’s environment and ecosystem.”

“On behalf of the State of Connecticut, I want to encourage the students to build upon this experience and consider studying environmental sciences in one of our many excellent science programs offered in our Connecticut colleges,” she said. This year, more than 100 students participated in Project CLEAR.