Stop the Haddam Land Swap!  Make the DEEP reveal the land appraisals!
  • Petitioned Sen. John McKinney

This petition was delivered to:

Sen. John McKinney
Governor Dannel Malloy
Speaker Christopher Donovan
Rep. Brendan Sharkey
Daniel Esty
Sen. Edward Meyer
Rep. Lawrence Cafero
Sen. Donald Williams, Jr.
Sen. Martin Looney
Sen. Eileen Daily
Sen. John Kissel
Rep. Philip Miller
Haddam First Selectman
Paul DeStefano

Stop the Haddam Land Swap! Make the DEEP reveal the land appraisals!

    1. Petition by

      Citizens for the Protection of Public Land (CPPL)

Last years legislation to SWAP the 17.4 acres of State open space land known as Clark Creek Wildlife Management Area for an 87 acre failed sub-division, created a terrible precedent.  All State open space is now vulnerable to “Swaps” whether for land and/or money!  The protective language in the deed of the 17.4 acres was ignored and then obliterated.  This precedent, that has created a loss in confidence in the State’s willingness or ability to protect its treasured preserved lands and natural resources, may forever slow the State’s goal of protecting 21% of the State of Connecticut as open space.  NEVER before has State protected open space land been negotiated away for commercial development. 


Unfortunately, the citizens of the town of Haddam never had an opportunity to weigh in on this SWAP.  Citizens, conservation and environmental groups’ testimony and concerns were ignored.  Legislators were told, if not outright lies about the lands, then at the very least distortions and exaggerations of the truth and facts.  Additionally, many legislators, that initially were opposed to the SWAP, changed their votes due to pressure from the sponsoring and powerful ranking Senator Daily.


The so-called worthless polluted sandpit over-looking the Connecticut River, Eagle Landing State Park and Valley Railroad State Park besides offering lovely vistas to the River, also is a unique eco-system rarely found in the river valley.  Now we have been told it is not “worthless”, but has been appraised at a million dollars or more that the 87 acres of woodland.


HOWEVER, the Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will not release the appraisal figures to the public.  Using the guise of an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the DEEP is keeping the information secret so that they can “negotiate” with the ONLY corporation involved, River House, LLC. 


Why are there secret negotiations ongoing?  This should be an open process!  The legislation is clear; only one party besides the State is involved!  The SWAP will be of land and other considerations of equal value.  The Governor, the legislature, and the DEEP owe it to the citizens to take this “DEAL” out of the back room and into the light where all can see what is being discussed and “negotiated”! 




Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. For the latest updates!

      Dear Friends:

      For the latest updates from Citizens for the Protection of Public Lands (CPPL), your STOP THE SWAP advocates, click on the link for our website, below!

      All the latest info will be available there, as well as the entire history of this travesty!

    3. We've hit 500 signatures.

      We need to keep the monmentum going. If you haven't forwarded the petition information to your friends please do so. Remind them to do the same. That's how we make the petition grow and inform the legislature that we want them to STOP THE SWAP.

      Releasing the appraisals will let everyone know that Sen. Daily's statements, regarding the property values being equal, were nonsense. Where and how she came up with her information is open for conjecture.

      For more information, check CPPL's website ( and for a great cartoon YouTube video on the subject, check the link below!

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Peter Englert BERLIN, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      because this swap is a sham! If the State needs to sell this parcel sell it at public auction!

    • Bernie Noonan EAST HAMPTON, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Connecticut laws should apply to everyone, especially our elected officials and their financial supporters. Governor Malloy, this is your last chance to wash your soiled hands of dirty politics.

    • Joanne Roczniak EAST HADDAM, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to be able to trust the state if we are donating land to their stewardship.

    • Robert Averill HADDAM, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      The secrecy held by Eileen Daily and the CT DEEP over this land swap is appauling! We, the CT public, are being robbed. The actions of both sould be investigated by a federal agency.

    • Lauren Brown BRANFORD, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      because the swap is a terrible idea, especially for a project which may or may not deliver the benefits that it promises.


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