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


Jan
8
Mon
Water Planning Council Meeting @ PURA
Jan 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Check http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?a=4801&q=573636 for meeting agenda and minutes.

2018 Schedule of the State Water Planning Council Meetings

In accordance with the provisions of Section 1-225(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, the following is a schedule of the regular State Water Planning Council meetings for the year of 2018.

1:30 p.m.

Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Ten Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051

MEETING DATES
January 8, 2018
February 6, 2018
March 6, 2018
April 3, 2018
May 1, 2018
June 5, 2018
July 10, 2018
August 7, 2018
September 11, 2018
October 2, 2018
November 6, 2018
December 4, 2018

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

 

 

Jan
25
Thu
CTLCV Environmental Summit @ The Lyceum (NEW LOCATION)
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are you ready for the upcoming legislative session? The Summit is a unique opportunity for environmental leaders, state legislators, and agency officials to discuss environmental priorities of the 2018 Connecticut General Assembly. This gathering will explain key issues and help prepare everyone for the work ahead.

To Register, visit: https://goo.gl/kLXLWt

Because of the extraordinary delay in wrapping up legislative business in 2017, we had to move the Summit into January (which means our usual venue at the Riverfront Boathouse was not available!) Please note that we are meeting at The Lyceum, just around the corner from the Capital and LOB.

If you are concerned about the environmental policies of our state, we invite you to be a part of this gathering. Space at The Lyceum is limited, so you must register if you plan to attend.

With environmental protection under assault in Washington, and gridlock blocking progress in CT, we must redouble our efforts to keep our environment safe. Now’s your chance to learn about issues that will be central to our efforts during the 2018 legislative session. Let’s be ready for the work ahead!

Click here for more information about the conference. 

Feb
20
Tue
WPC Advisory Group @ PURA
Feb 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Woodridge Lake Sewer Discharge Public Hearing @ Torrington City Hall Auditorium
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Woodridge Lake Sewer District Sewer Discharge Permit Filed

Informational Meeting & Public Hearing Scheduled

The Woodridge Lake Sewer District has filed its application for a sanitary sewer discharge permit which would allow them to connect to the City of Torrington sewer system via a proposed route along Route 4.   The stated reason for the application is “resolution of CT DEEP Consent Order”

As promised over the past several months, an informational meeting has been scheduled for the purposes of allowing DEEP, The Department of Public Health,  Woodridge Lake Sewer District, Torrington Water Company, Torrington Public Works Department, and the Torrington Water Pollution Control Department to provide vital information relative to the impacts this request will have on our system.

The City Council acting as the Water Pollution Control Authority is required by State law to hold a public hearing to allow the public an opportunity to submit comments before any decisions are made relative to the application.  This public hearing and the final determination must be made within 65 days of the application.  Should there be any delay in the process, the statute does allow for two extensions of additional 65-day periods for the Board to make it final determination.

The informational meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30pm,  the Public Hearing will take place on Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30pm.  Both the informational meeting and public hearing will take place in the City Hall Auditorium, 140 Main Street.

See also the letter from Torrington Water to its customers, Register-Citizen article.

Mar
5
Mon
Woodridge Lake Sewer Discharge Hearing @ Torrington City Hall Auditorium
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Precedent-setting Dispute Re Sewer Line in Source-Water Lands

Please note that the next hearing will be held on Monday, March 5, 6:30 PM at the Torrington City Hall. The City Council will have the opportunity to ask DPH questions, hear from city staff in response to the questions asked and allow the applicant rebuttal. Any changes can be found on the City of Torrington website

Is it a good idea to run a new sewer line through land in the watershed of a reservoir or other drinking-water source?

If this land is owned by a water company, it is called Class I or II land, and it is strictly protected by statute.  Is it legal to run a new sewer line across or directly next to Class I or II land?

These questions are at the heart of a year-long controversy that has pitted the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) against both the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Torrington Water Co.  DEEP has proposed and promoted construction of  a sewer main system to connect wastewater managed by the Woodridge Lake Sewer District in Goshen to the City of Torrington’s  wastewater system for transmission to the Torrington treatment facility, which is in Harwinton, six miles away.  The sewer would be a force main (pressurized pipe). When Torrington Water Company discovered that the route would go through source-water land and impinge on protected land owned by the company, it launched an intense protest.  The company’s complaints were supported in significant part by Rivers Alliance and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. DPH concluded in a novel process that it DID have jurisdiction over the route and that the sewer line would pose a risk to clean water.  Nevertheless, DPH did support the DEEP proposed route but with numerous important conditions.  Torrington Water is still advocating for a different route, further away from source water.  Rivers Alliance supports local, on-site solution, as best option, and a different route as next best (click here for our testimony).  Oddly, the City of Torrington’s acceptance of the controversial route was never secured, and presently there is a continued hearing in Torrington.  It appears that the great majority of the many residents who attended the first night of the hearing opposed the idea of accepting sewage from Woodridge Lake (in Goshen).

Mar
14
Wed
Legislative Hearing on a Bad Bill @ Room 2B
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

River Alliance of CT > CT Water Legislation and Regulation > 2018 Legislative Session >

Mar 12, 2018

SB 427: AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC TRUST COMPONENTS OF THE STATE WATER PLAN

A strange, bad bill has popped up in the Environment Committee and is set for a public hearing on Wednesday, March 14. It is Bill No. 427 AAC Public Trust Components of the State Water Plan.  It changes the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the bedrock statute protecting clean water and air. Many of you are aware that the principle that water is a public trust resource came under attack late last year during the final draft of the State Water Plan (which has now been delivered to the legislature).  This is the same attack but from a different direction (left field).  You can read on or skip to the end for instructions on submitting testimony.

Here’s the text of 427.  (The new language is underlined.)
“Section 1. Section 22a-15 of the general statutes [the Environmental Protection Act] is repealed and the following is substituted ….
It is hereby found and declared that there is a public trust in the air, water, except private drinking wells, and other natural resources of the state of Connecticut and that each person is entitled to the protection, preservation and enhancement of the same. It is further found and declared that it is in the public interest to provide all persons with an adequate remedy to protect the air, water, except private drinking wells, and other natural resources from unreasonable pollution, impairment or destruction.”

Here’s the Statement of Purpose.  (It is hard to deduce from the text.)
“To provide that private drinking wells are not held in the public trust and therefore not subject to regulation by the state water plan.”

Here’s Comment from Rivers Alliance.
1) The State Water Plan doesn’t do regulation.  Its recommendations are cautious, especially with regard to any change in regulations.

2) The public trust resource designated in existing law is water itself, not pipes, or wells, or pumps; but this bill only talks about wells.

3) It’s not scientifically possible to distinguish one part of groundwater from another part of groundwater.  Water is a continuum  —  above ground, under ground, through ground.  This bill is saying something like: The water in this glass is in the public trust except for the water in the middle of the glass.

4) What is the meaning of “private” wells?  Does it include privately owned wells, such as in well fields owned by private water utilities (e.g., Aquarion or Connecticut Water)?  Does it mean small wells owned by individuals?  Does it mean private wells owned by golf courses?  Or private wells owned by commercial water bottling companies?

5) The public trust principle, or doctrine, is embedded in law in various ways. It is akin to the principle that government is for the people. This bill says: government is for the people, except people who own wells.

6) It is true that, in fact, residents on private wells do not get the same level of protection and support for water quality and quantity that the state accords people using water from utilities.  Many of the citizens on private wells have been asking for the state to do more protection.

7) There are, of course, a few people who own wells who want to be free to use vast amounts of water at all times, even in a drought or when neighbors’ wells have run dry. These people do not want to be told that they are wasting a resource in the public trust. However, the General Assembly has been calling (much more forcefully than the State Water Plan) for a drought management plan to protect all residents.  No one is allowed to corner water (at least not in Connecticut). The state is responsible for managing this public trust resource for the public benefit. That’s why legislators work so hard on water policy.

Here’s How to Submit Testimony
Email your views to the Environment Committee in a word or pdf document to envtestimony@cga.ct.gov
The three chairmen are Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., Sen. Craig Miner, and Rep. Mike Demicco.

Here’s a link to the committee membershiphttps://www.cga.ct.gov/env/ .  It’s always important to contact your own legislators:

The public hearing is: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. in Room 2B of the LOB. Send in your testimony by March 13.  And come to Hartford if you can.

Click here for all testimony on this bill.

Click here for the webpage for this bill.

Mar
20
Tue
Green SnowPro: Would it Work in CT? Webinar @ webinar
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NH’s Green SnowPro: Would it Work in CT?

Tuesday March 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (note conflict with Water Planning Council Advisory Group, but CLEAR is very good at posting the recordings on their website/Youtube, so there will be opportunity to view it later.)

The State of New Hampshire has developed a novel way to provide for effective snow management and removal while also reducing impacts of chlorides on the environment. The Green SnowPro program provides training and certification in efficient and environmentally friendly winter maintenance practices for municipal, state, and private snow plow drivers. Certified Green SnowPro Drivers receive liability protection.

This webinar will highlight how the program was developed, how it works, and what kind of impact it has had. There will also be some discussion of efforts to try to adapt the model to CT.

Register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1597381876516203011

 

Mar
22
Thu
Source Water Protection Workshop @ South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
Mar 22 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

MARCH 22, 2018 SOURCE WATER PROTECTION WORKSHOP

The workshop will focus on protecting current and future sources of drinking water in Connecticut.  It has been five years since our kickoff workshop and we are hoping to focus on some of the recent initiatives in Connecticut.  We will emphasize implementation of the State Water Plan, the Water Utility Coordinating Committee Integrated Reports and the Climate Resiliency Plan.

The goal of the workshop is to learn about effective source protection strategies, determine approaches that are feasible for Connecticut’s public water supplies and to integrate a workable strategy into these important on-going planning efforts.

For more information, contact Eric McPhee or Pat Bisacky at 860-509-7333

Join other partners to discuss the future of Connecticut’s Public Drinking Water!

Topics will include: implementation of the State Water Plan, the Water Utility Coordinating Committee Integrated Reports& Climate Resiliency Planning

Workshop Location:
South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
90 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT

Apr
11
Wed
CT PRIVATE WELL CONFERENCE 2018 @ Chrysalis Center’s Training & Conference Center
Apr 11 @ 8:15 am – 3:30 pm

CT PRIVATE WELL CONFERENCE

Registration ends Friday April 6, 2018 (click here to register)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 8:45am – 3:30pm (Registration 8:15-8:30)

Chrysalis Center’s Training & Conference Center,
255 Homestead Ave,
Hartford, CT 06132
Hosted jointly by the CT Private Well Task Force & CT Department of Public Health, Private Well Program

The CT Private Well Task Force in cooperation with the CT Department of Public Health, Private Well Program and their cooperative agreement with the National Center for Environment Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce drinking water exposures will host the 2018 CT Private Well conference on April 11, 2018.

This conference will address a variety of private well water related topics and is free to individuals that work in a field in any way related to private wells (such as local health professionals, well and plumbing contractors, home inspectors, building officials, environmental lab professionals, etc.). 

*approved for 5.0 TCHs for certified operators!

*Lunch (deli buffet style) is being generously provided by the CT Water Well Association, a CT private well task force member!*

Agenda Topics Will Include:

  • Lab Analysis and Overview
  • CT Dept of Public Health Laboratory Sample Collection, Submission & Other Challenges
  • Update on Arsenic Studies & Researching Alternatives to Drilled Wells for Domestic Water Supply
  • Emerging Groundwater Contaminants
  • PFAS in Groundwater
  • An Update on Sodium & Chloride in CT Private Wells
  • Well Drilling & Well Completion Reports
  • Well Pumps
  • Private Well Water Treatment Options & Treatment Backwash
Apr
17
Tue
CT General Assembly Joint Public Hearing on the State Water Plan @ CT Legislative Office Building (LOB), Room 2c
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Connecticut General Assembly’s  Public Health Committee, Energy and Technology Committee, Environment Committee, and Planning and Development Committee will hold a joint public hearing on the Connecticut State Water Plan on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. in Room 2C of the LOB.

The Committees are accepting electronic testimony via email at phtestimony@cga.ct.gov until  in Word or PDF format until no later than 2:00 P.M. on Friday, April 13, 2018.

If you are unable to submit electronic testimony, please submit 30 copies of your written testimony no later than 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Room 3000 of the LOB.  Testimony submitted after the deadline will be made available to legislators after the hearing.

Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 9:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.  The Connecticut State Water Planning Council will make a presentation at the beginning of the hearing.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committees.

Apr
20
Fri
WUCC Water Supply Plans Final Public Comments Due April 20
Apr 20 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

From the Public Notice:

“…the Western, Eastern, and Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committees (“WUCC”) have submitted their coordinated water system plans to the Commissioner of Public Health (“Commissioner”) on March 21, 2018, for approval and is available for public comment. The WUCC’s coordinated water system plans consist of the individual water system plans of each public water system within the WUCC’s public water supply management areas, …  and an
area-wide supplement to such plans developed … that addresses water
system concerns pertaining to the public water supply management areas as a whole.

Interested persons may obtain a copy of the WUCC’s coordinated water system plans on the DPH website at http://www.portal.ct.gov/DPH/Drinking-Water/WUCC/Water-Utility-Coordinating-Committee.

(or at the following links copied from that website:

Western WUCC Integrated Report,    —-  Executive Summary

Central Corridor WUCC Integrated Report,  —- Executive Summary

Eastern WUCC Integrated Report, — Executive Summary     )

… 

Questions may be directed to Richard Iozzo at (860) 509-7333 or richard.iozzo@ct.gov. In making his decision to approve or reject the WUCC’s coordinated water system plans, the Commissioner will consider written comments from interested persons that are received April 20, 2018.

Written comments for the Eastern WUCC should be directed to Samuel Alexander, Southeastern Council of Governments, 5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360 or may be submitted via electronic mail to salexander@seccog.org.

Written comments for the Western WUCC should be directed to David Banker, The Metropolitan District Commission, 555 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06142-0800 or may be submitted via electronic mail to banker@themdc.com.

Written comments for the Central Corridor WUCC should be directed to Brendan Avery, Hazardville Water Company, 281 Hazard Avenue, Enfield, CT 06082, or may be submitted via electronic mail to bavery@hazardvillewater.com.”

May
8
Tue
Long Island Sound Resource and Use Inventory @ DEEP Marine Headquarters - Conference Room Building 3, (behind the main building)
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

public hearing to gather input on the Long Island Sound Resource and Use Inventory has also been scheduled for Tuesday May 8, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at DEEP Marine Headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, in Conference Room Building 3, behind the main building.

Link to Long Island Sound Blue Plan Resource and Use Inventory document
Click here to download the Inventory

The first draft of the Inventory of natural resources and human uses for the Long Island Sound Blue Plan was completed in March 2018.

The Resource and Use Inventory has been under development for over two years and contains 12 ecological and 13 human use chapters in its 294 pages.  The document provides information on the current state of the Sound’s natural resources and human uses, all based on existing data available to the Planning Team, and is the first step in drafting the Blue Plan for Long Island Sound.  Ultimately, the Inventory will be used as the basis for developing the Blue Plan to minimize future conflicts with these resources and uses.
The success of the Blue Plan depends on the involvement of the general public and all stakeholders to make sure the Plan reflects the knowledge, perspectives, and needs of everyone whose lives are touched by Long Island Sound.
We encourage you to provide your insights, questions, additional information, and other input on this Inventory draft.  Map Books referenced in the Resource and Use Inventory can be found on the Long Island Sound Blue Plan Webinars and Map Books webpage.
Please send any comments:
  • via email to DEEP.BluePlanLIS@ct.gov, or
  • through the Online Comment Form, or
  • via U.S mail to LIS Blue Plan/Inventory, DEEP WPLR, Land and Water Resources Division – Planning, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
May
11
Fri
Creating a Resilient Connecticut: A CIRCA Forum on Science, Planning, Policy & Law @ UConn School of Law, William F. Starr Hall Reading Room,
May 11 @ 8:15 am – 4:30 pm

Creating a Resilient Connecticut: A CIRCA Forum on Science, Planning, Policy & Law | May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm
UConn School of Law
Reading Room, William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St. Hartford, CT 06105


REGISTER HERE
 – Space is limited and registration closes May 4

Full information including the Draft AGENDA is at https://circa.uconn.edu/2018/03/19/5-11-18-forum/

Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), UConn School of Law’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law (CEEL), and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) for this exciting forum that combines science, policy, and planning at the state and local levels. This event is the culmination of work undertaken over the past two years by CT DEEP and UConn/CIRCA to address the resilience of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change. Important research is leading to the creation of products for assessing vulnerabilities and strategies to mitigate potential damage from climate change and storm impacts.

May
18
Fri
Water Supply in Western CT Conference @ Roxbury Town Hall
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Water Supply in Western Connecticut Conference

Presented by

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
with support from
The Connecticut Community Foundation

Friday May 18, 2018, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Roxbury Town Hall (29 North St, Roxbury, CT 06783)

Register at http://www.riversalliance.org/Water Supply Conference/registration.php

Purpose: To provide useful information on current and changing conditions and policy affecting water supply in western Connecticut.

Topics will include: Current conditions in western Connecticut.  Will today’s water sources serve tomorrow’s needs–economic, environmental and recreational?  Is there even enough water for our present needs?  What should I know about my home, town, and region’s water supply?  What actions can I take to ensure that we all have adequate and safe water supplies for the future?

(Heard enough? Click here for the full agenda, or go directly to registration)

Audience: Town and regional officials, land-use planners, watershed groups, garden clubs, fishing clubs, Rotary and business associations, and interested citizens.

Conference is free, pre-registration is required. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Conference Steering Committee:
Dan Lawrence, Len DeJong, Martha Smith and Margaret Miner

Conference will include presentations by:
Dan Lawrence (Director of Engineering and Planning at Aquarion Water  Company),
Don Carver (Superintendent at City of Waterbury, Bureau of Water),
Bob Smith (Registered Sanitarian at Torrington Area Health District),
Peter Galant (Vice President at Tighe & Bond),
Margaret Miner (Executive Director at Rivers Alliance of CT),
Len DeJong (Executive Director at Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition), and
David Radka (Director of Water Resources and Planning at The Connecticut Water Company).

Click here for the full agenda or go directly to registration.

We look forward to seeing you there!

May
31
Thu
Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting @ Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Be reminded that the next meeting of the Eastern WUCC is Thursday, May 31st.

The WUCC will not meet on May 9th, as originally scheduled.

This decision was made at the April meeting to allow additional time and input into the Coordinated Water System Plan.

The meeting will be held at SCCOG offices, at 1:00pm.

Links:

Main WUCC webpage

Eastern WUCC webpage

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