Water Related Events and Meetings Across Connecticut

Rivers Alliance of CT recently re-built our water-related events listings after a transition to a new website hosting provider. The new listings of events includes everything we listed on the old websites, but in what we hope is more useful format.  Here are our lists of events:

State Water Planning Meetings and Comment Opportunties

Get Wet Connecticut! (working title)

Paddle Events Across Connecticut

Watershed Lands workgroup @ PURA
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Watershed Lands workgroup will meet at 10:30 AM on Friday, September 15, at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain.

1. Introductions
2. Review of Notes of January 18, 2017 Meeting
3. Updates:
-New Britain/Tilcon quarry project – environmental assessment
-DPH opinion on the installation of a sewer line across Torrington Water Company watershed
-Sale of Class I & II land in Woodbridge by South Central Regional Water Authority
4. Protection of Class I & II Watershed Land
-Draft State Water Plan (review and possible comments)
-State Plan of Conservation & Development (review and possible comments)
5. Other Business
6. Future meeting date(s)


Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting @ MDC Training Center
Sep 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Comments Due to EPA on Saving the Waters of the U.S. Rule
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 11:59 pm

The comment instruction webpage for this rule change is at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001
When you are ready to tell EPA and the Corps of Engineers to keep and enact the 2015 Rule, click the Comment Now! button on that page.

Rivers Alliance of CT Network Conference @ Leir Retreat Center
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Rivers Alliance of CT Network Conference

Leir Retreat Center, Ridgefield
October 5, 2017, 9 – 2 PM

If you plan to attend, let us know

Space limited. Registration required.
Contact Rivers Alliance at rivers@riversalliance.org
or 860-361-9349 to register.

The State Water Plan is at the forefront of discussions around the state. This conference will focus on the Plan and other water policy issues that will affect all Connecticut residents.

The agenda includes:

  • Latest news on the State Water Plan.
  • An Update on the proposed leasing of drinking water watershed lands for rock mining.
  • What’s in store for the next state legislative session, which starts in January.
  • Pesticides (herbicides) – What is a town’s authority regarding aquatic application?

Where: The Leir Retreat Center, 224 Branchville Road, Ridgefield, CT (click here for directions).

The event is free, thanks to our host and sponsor, the Leir Retreat Center.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, registration is required. To register, email Rivers Alliance at rivers@riversalliance.org, or call 860-361-9341.

If you have an announcement you would like to make at the conference, please let us know as soon as possible. We will add you to the agenda. We limit announcements to less than 5 minutes each. We will also have tables for those who would like to bring information to distribute to the group.

We hope you can join us.

Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting @ Brookfield Town Hall
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting @ MDC Training Center
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Public Informational Meeting on the Draft State Water Plan @ Earthplace Nature Discovery Center
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Public Informational Meeting on the Draft State Water Plan

*Hosted by Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinberg*

What water issues concern you the most? Can Connecticut do a better job on water conservation?

The Draft Connecticut State Water Plan is currently available to the public for review and comment. The state’s Water Planning Council is developing the State Water Plan to help planners, regulators, and lawmakers make decisions to help frame future water management policies, laws and regulations in the state that ensure a fair and effective balancing the needs of all water users while protecting this precious and valuable resource.

The public comment period will be open until November 20, 2017 to ensure residents and interested parties have ample opportunity to review the draft plan and provide comments.  A copy of the draft plan and instructions on how to provide comments can be found at www.ct.gov/water.

Water Planning Council calendar:  http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

  • Thursday, October 26th 6:30-8:30pm Location Earthplace, Westport  http://earthplace.org

10 Woodside Lane Westport, CT 06880   203-557-4400

State Water Plan Public Meeting @ DEEP
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The formal public hearing to receive comment on the draft State Water Plan f Monday, October 30 6:30-8:30 at DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT

There are a few more information meetings being planned around the state (Westport, Wallingford Nov 7, and an as-yet-to-be-determined Eastern CT location), and as those are firmed up, we’ll share the announcements with you.

Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting @ Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Meeting Agenda of the Eastern Region WUCC
At the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, CT
November 8, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
1. Welcome & Roll Call (5 minutes)
2. Approval of October Meeting Minutes (5 minutes)
3. Formal Correspondence (5 minutes)
4. Public Comment Period (10 minutes)
5. ESA Modifications Discussion / Update (5 minutes)
6. Integrated Report Topics (85 minutes)
 Potential Impacts of the Plan on Other Uses of Water Resources
 Regional Projected Service Population, Safe Yield, Excess Water
 Consistency with Other Planning Efforts
7. Other Business (5 minutes)

Nov 8 Wallingford Public Meeting on the State Water Plan @ Wallingford Town Hall
Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Public Informational Meeting on the Draft State Water Plan

More information: http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?Q=586878


Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting @ Brookfield Town Hall
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting @ MDC Training Center
Nov 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Water Planning Council Meeting @ PURA
Nov 16 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Meeting of the Water Planning Council

Originally scheduled for Nov 7

WPC Calendar:  http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp



Nov 20 @ 3:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Please call Rivers Alliance 860-361-9349 or email  rivers@riversalliance.org for more information.

WPC Advisory Group @ PURA
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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5:30 pm Halls Pond Paddle @ Halls Pond
Halls Pond Paddle @ Halls Pond
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Halls Pond Paddle @ Halls Pond
Sign-up required at https://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/237304237/ Free registration may be required to view events at Meetup.com Halls Pond Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 PM Commuter Parking Lot, Routes 198 and 44 13 Chaplin Rd. , Eastford, CT  https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly Flatwater paddling on …