To: Chairs and Ranking Members of the Energy and Technology, Environment, Planning and Development, and Public Health Committees

From: Water Planning Council Members

Date: April 10, 2018

Subject: Approval of the State Water Plan; Public Hearing Tuesday, April 17th

We would like to thank you for scheduling the public hearing on the State Water Plan on Tuesday, April 17th.  The Water Planning Council (WPC) respectfully requests that you recommend approval of the State Water Plan to the General Assembly.  This draft plan is the culmination of over three years of work by the WPC, the WPC Advisory Group and other countless diverse stakeholders throughout the state who in many cases volunteered their time towards the effort.

The WPC, comprised of members from the Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Public Health (DPH), the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), and the Public Utilities Regulatory Agency (PURA), is prepared to give a brief presentation at the public hearing on the plan, and we will be following up with you on guidance regarding the length and format.  

We have attached the two-page executive summary of the state water plan to this email, and this link will direct you to the plan in its entirety and all other supporting materials.  Please share this with committee members and let them know we are happy to answer any questions they have.

It has also come to our attention that there are existing concerns about the inclusion of the certain references to existing statute (Section 22a-15) regarding “water as public trust”.  This was added to the State Water Plan in response to comments received during the six-month public comment period.  Attached is a memo from the Program Director for the State Water Plan describing this issue and explaining the decision process in more detail. We are also providing some bullet points below as a synopsis: 

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to answering any questions you may have.  We are happy to offer a briefing to you before the public hearing as well.

Thank you,

Jack Betkoski, WPC Chair, PURA Commissioner

David Kalafa, Under Secretary, OPM

Lori Mathieu, Section Director, DPH

Betsey Wingfield, Bureau Chief, DEEP