Home > News > Governor and General Assembly Recognize Commission’s 50th Anniversary

August 10, 2023

Governor and General Assembly Recognize Commission’s 50th Anniversary

General Assembly Official Citation

On May 2, 1973, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a historic land use bill entitled,”An Act Concerning the Preservation of the Lower Connecticut River” to establish the Connecticut River Gateway Commission.

Peter Cashman, of Lyme, Senate President Pro Tempore, was instrumental in crafting the legislation’s details. Governor Thomas J. Meskill signed Public Act 73-349 into law on May 9 th of that year.

An informative history of the events leading up to the legislation’s enactment and the subsequent organization of the Gateway Commission may be found on this site.

Governor Ned Lamont issued an Official Proclamation and the Connecticut General Assembly passed an Official Citation recognizing, as the latter document reads, “the Commission’s dedication [that] has enriched our quality of life and benefited the 8 towns with its Zone.”

The gubernatorial proclamation was presented at a reception in Old Lyme and the legislative citation was presented at an award ceremony at Gillette Castle.



             Governor Ned Lamont                              Connecticut General Assembly

Official Proclamation                                         Official Citation














Additional News

presenters at conference

Protecting and Restoring Riparian Areas – Rivers’ Natural Protection

The Gateway Commission joined with the UConn Center for Land Use Education and the Rivers Alliance of CT to present a workshop on riparian (streamside)…

Read More »
A person holding a waterchestnut plant within the river

Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program Accepting Proposals

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting proposals for the State’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grant Program. The program makes…

Read More »

A World Without Dark Skies How Light Pollution Is Impacting Humans and Ecosystems What You Can Do

Join Misha Semenov-Leiva, local architect and a member of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, and Alan Sheiness, of the Lyme Land Trust, for a presentation…

Read More »