Rivers Alliance of Connecticut’s state legislative and funding priorities include:
Make real progress on addressing PFAS
Per- and Poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a serious human and environmental health concern. We support the following efforts to address threats from this “forever chemical.”
- Ban on use of PFAS in aqueous fire-fighting foam (AFFF) for training purposes and phase out of PFAS in AFFF.
- Phase out in food packaging – With no firm resolution to phase PFAS out of consumer products, food packaging in particular, remediation efforts will never end and there will be no meaningful reduction in exposure of Connecticut’s citizens to PFAS. Legislation to phase out PFAS in food packaging similar to that passed in Washington State in 2018, and work toward an eventual phase out in all consumer products is essential.
Protect (insert any living thing and aquatic resource here) from pesticides.
We must get a handle on the regulation and use of pesticides as well as ban those that are a threat to environmental and human health.
Don’t let another opportunity to address our Solid Waste crisis go to waste!
Why would Rivers Alliance care so much about solid waste policy? A strong and sensible solid waste policy means a reduction in littering and illegal dumping. Those who have participated in a river cleanup have seen first-hand that single-use plastics and polystyrene are a REAL problem for our waterways and, ultimately, our oceans. We support bills that will implement or accomplish the following:
- Modernize the Bottle Bill!
- Add more items to CT’s robust Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs – Particularly for tires
- Ban polystyrene for food packaging and ban un-encapsulated polystyrene dock floats
- Reduce, phase out, and ban single-use plastic items
Give water companies the tools and incentives necessary to encourage demand- side conservation and wise water use.
If water utilities do not have to choose between generating revenue and encouraging their customers to conserve water on a daily basis and implementing restrictions during drought, there would be more water for our rivers and streams. Furthermore, all category of utilities should be able to take advantage of these programs.
Protect good laws and regulations for water policy and environmental protection.
Here are just a few, but the possibilities are many:
- Maintain protections of our drinking water watershed lands
- Keep the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act intact
- Defend Connecticut’s policy on Public Trust
- Fight efforts to undermine DEEP’s authority to protect our environment
Maintain funding for and oppose “raids” on important programs.
- The Clean Water Fund supports DEEP’s financial assistance to municipalities for projects addressing wastewater needs. Upgrading our aging wastewater infrastructure can be a financial burden on our communities but doing so improves water quality in the rivers and streams in which we recreate and improves the health of Long Island Sound. We must maintain the current level of funding.
- The Passport to Parks program has brought much needed funding to State Parks and other recreation-related divisions of DEEP as well as CEQ and our Conservation Districts. We must ensure that this revenue stream remains strong and its beneficiaries are not undermined.
- Protect the Community Investment Act, which generates funding for state programs for open space, farmland/dairy production, historic preservation, and affordable housing. The best way to protect water quality is to preserve open space and forest land.
- Support funding for a statewide PFAS testing program for water and fish.
2023 Bill Status
|Bill #||Title||RA Testimony||Most Recent Activity|
|6479||AN ACT CONCERNING CLIMATE RESILIENCY FUNDS AND PROJECTS||Yes||Passed|
|6480||AN ACT ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP ON THE RESTORATION OF EEL GRASS||Yes||Passed|
|6483||AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPEN SPACE AND WATERSHED LAND ACQUISITION GRANT PROGRAM||Yes||Passed|
|122||AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPLANTING OF TREES IN PUBLIC AREAS CLEARED BY UTILITY COMPANIES||Yes||Failed|
|6486||AN ACT CONCERNING EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY FOR TIRES||Yes||Passed|
|896||AN ACT CONCERNING TREE REMOVAL ON PROPERTIES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION||Yes||Passed|
|964||AN ACT CONCERNING CONSENT ORDERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION||Yes||Failed|
|963||AN ACT CONCERNING NEONICOTINOIDS FOR NONAGRICULTURAL USE||Yes||Failed|
|6610||AN ACT CONCERNING “NO NET LOSS” OF STATE FORESTLANDS||Yes||Failed|
|100||AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ACCOUNT IN THE GENERAL FUND TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO TOWNS THAT NEED PFAS TESTING AND REMEDIATION||Yes||Passed|
|6608||AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISTRIBUTION OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS AND STIRRERS BY CERTAIN RESTAURANTS||Yes||Failed|
|6606||AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CERTAIN PRODUCTS MADE FROM POLYSTYRENE||Yes||Failed|
|5608||AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC FACILITIES LOCATED ON PRIME FARMLAND, FARMLAND OF STATE-WIDE IMPORTANCE OR CORE FOREST LANDS||Yes||Passed|
|6647||AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT||Yes||Failed|
|1001||AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS||Yes||Passed in amendment to SB 998|
|5888||AN ACT CONCERNING THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF HARTFORD COUNTY||Yes||Failed|
|123||AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY, THE REGULATION OF ELECTRIC RATES AND STATE PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNING ELECTRICITY GENERATION||Yes||Failed but very undesirable changes to hydropower in amendment to SB 7 which passed|
|5616||AN ACT IMPROVING STANDARDS FOR INLAND WETLAND COMMISSION AUTHORITY MEMBERSHIP AND ENFORCEMENT||Yes||Failed but education standard improvements were moved to 6809 which did not pass.|
|6809||AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR CERTAIN STREAMSIDE BUFFERS||Yes||Failed|
|5628||AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE STATE’S HYDROPOWER ASSETS||Yes||Passed|
|6850||AN ACT CONCERNING HYDROPOWER||Yes||Failed|
|5214||AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSERVATION OF CERTAIN WATERS AND LANDS OF THE UPPER FARMINGTON RIVER||Yes||Failed|
|985||AN ACT INCENTIVIZING HOUSING PRODUCTION||No||Failed but undesirable changes to local approvals for High Density Housing Zones were amended to HB 6941 which passed|
|6733||AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES||No||Passed|