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"A river is the report card for its watershed." (Alan Levere, CT DEEP)


Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network

The Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network (CWC Network) is an environmental forum sponsored by Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. The Network brings together members of river and watershed groups, land trusts, conservation commissions, government agencies, and other stakeholders to identify ways we can improve our communication, share our organizational resources, and better coordinate our watershed protection efforts statewide.

We welcome all people and groups interested in watershed conservation in Connecticut. If you would like more information or wish to support us, please contact us at 860-361-9349 or e-mail to rivers@riversalliance.org. Services offered include e-mail news, conferences, special workshops, and answers to your conservation questions.

Please consider joining Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. RA is a nonprofit, statewide river conservation coalition. RA's members are individuals, organizations, and corporations concerned with the health and protection of Connecticut's waters.

Below are links to archived materials from the conferences.

Click here for more information on the Mar 9 Conference 
WATER: Public Trust Resource? Private Resource? Or Both?

May 2018: Water Supply in Western CT Conference

Oct 2018:

Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network

Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network Conference
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

(with speaker bios, bullet points, links)


Welcome Remarks and Announcements

Lynn Werner, Executive Director, Housatonic Valley Association, and Vice President, Rivers Alliance of CT

State Lands – Question # 2 on the Ballot

Eric Hammerling, Executive Director, CT Forest and Park Association

This is the first statewide ballot on an environmental issue. Three-quarters of legislature voted to put the amendment on the ballot. ProtectCTPublicLands.org .has phone card guides to talking to people about it. See also http://protectctpubliclands.org/about/ 

Some towns are distributing yard signs to support the Amendment.

Ballot text is at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/sots/ElectionServices/Misc/Amendment-2-poster-English.pdf?la=en

 The Public Trust in Water Resources: Is It for Real? 

Paul Zagorsky, Attorney, Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske, PC

Opponents are trying to interpret the CT Environmental Protection Act mention of public trust to exclude drinking water.  

Links to the two legislative histories pertaining  to the Water Planning Council and the State Water Plan.

14-163: http://ctstatelibrary.org/wp-content/lh-bills/2014_PA163_HB5424.pdf

16-137: http://ctstatelibrary.org/wp-content/lh-bills/2016_PA137_HB5540.pdf

Rivers Alliance position can be found here. See also Rivers Alliance posts regarding water as a public trust in Connecticut, and Report by the Council on Environmental Quality on the history and nature of the public trust doctrine in Connecticut.

 What Is Next for the State Water Plan? 

Alicea Charamut, River Steward, Connecticut River Conservancy

 "The Hydro-illogical Cycle".


Speakers please send links, bullet points for the Conference webpage to tony@riversalliance.org 

Dwight Merriam is now Board President for Rivers Alliance

Simsbury Water Shortage OrdinanceDonald Rieger, Simsbury Conservation / Inland Wetland Commission

Dwight Merriam: new national approach to managing water.  Alliance for Water Efficiency Net Blue

Rivers Alliance has two great handmade boats for sale on Ebay. One is an Outer Island Cedar Strip 18' Handcrafted Kayak, the other a Cedar Strip Voyager Canoe 16' Hand Crafted

Takeovers of Connecticut Water Utilities. What Is Going on?

Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of CT

What is our state policy on who runs the water services, size, public, private? 

SJW Connecticut Water Company aquisition.

Katherine Fiedler, Legal Fellow, CT Fund For the Environment. Intervenor before PURA. 

 - 18-07-10 CFE Brief Cover Letter.pdf- 18-07-10 CFE Brief.pdf    - 18-07-10 CFE Brief Exhibit A - Supplemental Response CTWS-5.pdf

Denise Savageau, President, CT Association of Conservation Districts. 

Lessons Learned from the Proposed Rock Mining Threat to Drinking Water Watershed Lands

Lanette Spranzo Macaruso, Protect Our Watersheds CT.

Facebook page was a useful tool

Paul Zagorsky, Attorney, Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske, PC;

Plastic Bag Ordinance, Microplastics, and the Sewage Right-to-Know Bill

Louis Burch, CT Program Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Links to webpages discussed: CT Food AssociationSynthetic Microfiber WorkgroupSewage Right to Know maps

See also Potential ways that the state could display sewage dataZooming, data mining

 What’s in Store for the Next State Legislative Session? What Are the Priorities?

Lori Brown, Executive Director, CT League of Conservation Voters

Elections Hub has more information!

CTLCV's list of endorsed candidates is now available! 

The 2018 Environmental Scorecard is out now! 

Sign up for Action Alerts

Closing Remarks

 Lynn Werner and Margaret Miner

A very special thank-you to The Leir Retreat Center for hosting this event.

Speaker Bios

Eric Hammerling:

  • Exec Director, CT Forest & Park Assn.
  • Leading advocate for passage of Constitutional Amendment to protect State Parks, Forests, and Wildlife Management Areas from being given away by the Legislature without adequate public input
  • Formerly Exec. Director of Farmington River Watershed Association.
  • Former President of Rivers Alliance

Paul Zagorsky:

  • Attorney with Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske, PC, in Plainville
  • Volunteer with Protect Our Watersheds CT
  • Provided expert pro bono advocacy on Tilcon’s proposed expansion of gravel pit mining into New Britain’s watershed

Alicea Charamut:

  • River Steward, CT River Conservancy
  • Co-chair of Water Planning Council’s Advisory Group
  • B.A. in Biological Sciences
  • Board member of Rivers Alliance
  • Board member of Farmington area chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Secretary of Fisheries Advisory Council
  • Member of CT Council on Environmental Quality

Donald Rieger:

  • Attorney
  • Secretary of Simsbury Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Agency
  • Rivers Alliances’ 2017 Environmental Champion

Denise Savageau:

  • President of CT Association of Conservation Districts
  • Member of CT Council on Soil and Water Conservation
  • New board member of Rivers Alliance
  • On Citizen Advisory Committee of Long Island Sound Study

Katherine Fiedler:

  • Legal Fellow at CT Fund for the Environment
  • Holds a JD and certificate in Environmental Law from Pace Law School
  • Holds a Masters of Environmental Management degree from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Management

Lanette Spranzo Macaruso:

  • Lead Advocate with Protect Our Watersheds CT, re. Tilcon mining in New Britain

Louis Burch:

  • CT Program Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment
  • Works with Rivers Alliance and others on State Water Plan, Public Trust law, and numerous other water quality issues

Lori Brown:

  • Exec. Director of CT League of Conservation Voters

Previous Conference: Water Supply in Western CT Conference May 2018 speaker presentations, videos and notes available here 

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