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:
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.
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Ten Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
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
RE: Special Meeting of the Water Planning Council
A Special Meeting of the Water Planning Council (WPC) will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 10:30:00 a.m. at the offices of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut.
The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the finalization of the Draft State Water Plan. The meeting will be open to members of the public, but participation will be limited to the members of the WPC. For those not attending in person, the Call-In Number is 888-658-6260 and the Participant Code is 7094124.
Please write to the CT State Water Planning Council at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Monday, Jan 22 to re-emphasize your support for the inclusion of the principal that water is a public trust resource.
WPC Calendar: http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp
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!
WPC Calendar: http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp
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.
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 email@example.com
The three chairmen are Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., Sen. Craig Miner, and Rep. Mike Demicco.
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.
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.
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
South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
90 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT
CT PRIVATE WELL CONFERENCE
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
Questions may be directed to Richard Iozzo at (860) 509-7333 or email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Water Planning Council (WPC) announced a Special Meeting of the WPC members and/or their designees, to be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
The site visit will begin at 10 AM at the O Biddle Pass in Plainville. It is expected to last 2 – 2.5 hrs. and will be over rough terrain. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots and a walking stick is recommended. Precautions against ticks should be taken.
There will be no discussion of the site, other than the most basic directions. No public comment will be taken. Some members and/or staff of the Council on Environmental Quality also are planning to attend.
Public comment will not be heard at the meeting.
Waivers of liability, required to enter the properties, will be provided and must be signed prior to participating in the site visit. It is requested that members of the public planning to attend the site visit, notify the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority via email at Gail.Lucchina@ct.gov.
A 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.
The first draft of the Inventory of natural resources and human uses for the Long Island Sound Blue Plan was completed in March 2018.