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Water Supply in Western CT Conference

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Water Supply in Western Connecticut

Presented by

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut

With support from

The Connecticut Community Foundation

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

a public water supply reservoir in northwest ConnecticutPurpose: 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?

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

Conference is free to attend; a $20 donation is suggested for lunch.

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


Registration & coffee 9:00 a.m.


Welcome  9:30 a.m.

Margaret Miner, Executive Director of Rivers Alliance of CT
Conference Moderator:  Louise Washer, President of the Norwalk River Watershed Association

Overview and Challenges for Water Supply Sources in This Part of Connecticut  9:45-10:40

Presenter; Dan Lawrence, Director of Engineering and Planning, Aquarion Water Company

From private wells to large utilities; where does our water come from? 
How can you be sure your kids are getting safe water?


Update on State Water Plan

Representative Jonathan Steinberg


Public and Private Utilities:
Different Responses to Climate Change, Conservation, and Infrastructure   10:50 – 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Don Carver, Superintendent at City of Waterbury Bureau of Water

What financial and operational challenges are particular to public utilities as opposed to privately owned ones?



Private Wells    11:45- 12:45

Presenter:  Bob Smith, Registered Sanitarian, Torrington Area Health District

What are the permitting requirements for private wells? 
Are well owners or users on their own if problems develop with their water supply?
Wells for transient systems—schools, stores and restaurants.  Are these monitored and adequately maintained?


LUNCH  12:15-1:15 p.m.


Changing Laws and Policies 1:15 - 2:00

Presenters:  Peter Galant, Vice President,  Tighe and Bond and Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of CT

How do recent state plans and legislative initiatives affect the region, your town and your home?
How should droughts be managed?  Who are the deciders
Is policy tending toward a vast system of interconnections? 
Are small systems doomed?


A Collaborative Approach to Water Resource Management for the Pomperaug River 2:00- 2:45

Presenters: Len DeJong, Executive Director, Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, and 
David Radka, Director of Water Resources and Planning, The Connecticut Water Company

An example of a cooperative plan between a watershed group and a water utility to share water resources for the protection of both supply and healthy rivers.

Presenter Biographies

Margaret Miner is Executive Director of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, founded in 1992 by the state’s leading river-watershed groups.  Its mission is to protect all the state’s waters by working enact good environmental laws and regulations, providing education through multiple media, and helping individuals who are dealing with a water-related problem and do not know where to turn.  Since 2000, with Ms. Miner as executive, Rivers Alliance worked successfully to pass state laws to protect streamflow in all water courses; to ban the water contaminant MTBE in gasoline; and to restore and protect state funding for USGS streamflow and groundwater water programs.

Ms. Miner serves on the Connecticut Water Planning Council’s Advisory Group, the board of state’s the Natural Heritage, Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board, and the board of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.  Prior to coming to Rivers Alliance, she was Executive Director of the Roxbury Land Trust, and before that worked as a news reporter and as a book editor and writer. 

Among the numerous awards to Rivers Alliance and Ms. Miner are:

  • Connecticut Land Conservation Council Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)
  • Connecticut River Conservancy Bud Foster Award for 2017.
  • US EPA New England Lifetime Merit Award, 2016
  • Connecticut Council of Inland-Wetlands and Conservation Commissions Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Environmental Section, Clyde O.  Fisher Award, 2008

David Radka has been employed by The Connecticut Water Company, a subsidiary of Connecticut Water Service, since 1988, where he currently holds the position of Director of Water Resources & Planning.  He holds a B.S. in chemistry and biology and a M.S. in hydrogeology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Connecticut Water Service provides drinking water to nearly 122,000 customers, or about 400,000 people, throughout the states of Connecticut and Maine.

David’s work has led him to be very involved in water policy issues at the state level.  He has participated on numerous committees and forums with other stakeholders and policy makers, including development of the state’s streamflow regulations and state water plan, where he recently served on the Science & Technical and Policy subcommittees.  He is a past president of the Connecticut Water Works Association and co-chair of the Water Planning Council’s Advisory Group.  He has been a board member of Rivers Alliance and chair of the Town of Clinton Inland Wetlands Commission since 2009.

Don Carver-Superintendent, Waterbury Water, started his career in the Water Industry in 1978 and is currently the Superintendent of Water for the City of Waterbury where he has worked for the past 23+ years.  He ia a past Chairman and National Director for the CT Section of the American Water Works Association (CT-AWWA) and was a Connecticut Water Works Association (CWWA) Board member.  He is the former Director of Alpine Racing at Mohawk Mountain.

He and his wife (Carol) reside in Middlebury.

Len DeJong, Executive Director Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, joined the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition as its Executive Director in 2013 after a nearly 40 year career in public water supply management.  Complimenting his engineering and operational roles, his work emphasized the protection of water resources and the use of sound and sustainable environmental practices.  A Rutgers College of Engineering graduate, Len also served on numerous professional associations and boards and was recognized for his contributions with awards from the American Water Works Association, Water For People and the New England Water Works Association.  Locally, Len has served on various land use and environmental conservation organizations including his past chairmanship of the Town of Roxbury Inland Wetlands Commission.   An avid fisherman, Len truly values the significance that watershed protection plays for safe public drinking water, aquatic health and recreational enjoyment.

The webpage URL for this agenda is:
www.riversalliance.org/Water Supply Conference

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