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Water Public Trust Conference

WATER:
Public Trust Resource?
Private Resource?
Or Both?


(Program below)

Presented by
Rivers Alliance of Connecticut and
  Center for Public Policy and Social Research/ Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair at Central Connecticut State University

Saturday March 9, 2019

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Program

8:30 - 9:00

Reception and Check-in
     
World Water Day

9:15 – 9:30

Welcomes.

Dr. David Dauwalder, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, CCSU
Dr. Richard Judd, Board Member, Rivers Alliance of CT; Professor and President Emeritus, CCSU

   9:30 – 10:50

Water is a Public Trust Resource in Connecticut. What does this actually mean when managing water supply?  Does it matter?

Panelists:

Paul Zagorsky, Esq., Partner, Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske.
     
News article
Elizabeth Gara, Esq., Executive Director, Connecticut Water Works Association.
     
Public Hearing Testimony
Elizabeth Barton, Esq., Partner, Day Pitney, LLP.
     
March 16, 2018 Memorandum
Roger Reynolds, Esq., Counsel, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/ Save the Sound.
     
Handout:  Primer on the Public Trust.

Moderator: Frederic Lee Klein, Esq. Partner, Pullman & Comley LLC.
          
WATERBURY V. WASHINGTON
          State Water Plan Executive Summary

 

 10:50 – 11:00

Break

  11:00   - 11:25   

Conservation Water Rates.  How have they been working?  Could publicly owned utilities use them?

David Radka,  Senior Environmental Specialist, Milone & MacBroom.
   
 CT Water Co WICA Factsheet
Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.
     
CT Consumer Council Report
 

  11:25 – 12:25

The Public Trust in Water at the Local Level.  Working with water law in towns and watersheds.

Panelists:

Denise Savageau, President, Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts; Retired Conservation Director, Greenwich.
     Handout: Greenwich Drought Ordinance
Alicea Charamut, River Steward for Connecticut, Connecticut River Conservancy.
Paula Jones, Founding Member, SaveOurWaterCT.
     
Who We Are

Moderator: David Kalafa, Retired Undersecretary, CT Office of Policy and Management
 

   12:25 - 1:10

Buffet Lunch

  1:10 - 1:35

The Public’s Take on the Public Trust in Water:  Canvassing and Comments.  Do Connecticut residents know they are the beneficiaries of the public trust in water?

Louis BurchConnecticut Program Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
      CCE Memorandum

Draft Times   1:40 - 3:10

Water and the Legislature. What happens when legislators have to deal with water and the public trust? Who are the players? Why do so few bills pass?

Panelists:

Eric Brown, Vice President, Connecticut Business and Industry Association
     
Public comment
Louis BurchConnecticut Program Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
     Public comment
Elizabeth Gara, Esq., Executive Director, Connecticut Water Works Association.
     Public comment
Sen. George Logan, 17th Senate District
     
Introduced bills
Rep. Mary Mushinsky, 85th House District
   
Introduced bills
Rep. Jonathan Steinberg136th House District.
     
Introduced bills

Moderator: Don DeFronzo,  Holder of the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy & Practical Politics at CCSU. 
Session Year 2018 Raised S.B. No. 427
Legislation tracking by Rivers Alliance

Draft Times   3:10 - 3:35

New Statewide Water Supply Plan:  What’s a WUCC?   If you want to start a restaurant or a school or a residential complex in Connecticut  that needs a public water supply, where do go with your application?  Who decides what water you get from where?   

David Radka,  Senior Environmental Specialist, Milone & MacBroom.
Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.
Handout:  Summary of WUCC law and the statute
 

Draft Times   3:35 - ?:??

Can Anyone Buy Your Water Utility? What Can You Do About It?

Paul Zagorsky, Esq., Partner, Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske.
Kat Fiedler, Esq., Legal Fellow, Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound
Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.
Handout: Mergers and Aquisitions Summary
Presentation to the WPC
New Hartford Asset Evaluation Subcommittee
PURA and DPH JOINT REPORT ON STREAMLINING THE TAKEOVER PROCESS
Water company acquisition headlines

Draft Times   ?:?? - ?:??  

Final Comments / Next Steps

This event is made possible by the generous support of:

The Central Connecticut State University, Center for Public Policy and Social Research

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, New Britain Saturday Night Club Fund

Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske, P.C.

THANK YOU.

Some references found to be of value by the presenters:

OLR Report 005-R-0213 WATERBURY V. WASHINGTON  Paul Frisman, Associate Analyst February 18, 2005


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Mission

To examine and clarify the relevant law and policy underpinning the state’s management of water supply; and to examine the role of the public trust doctrine and statute in relation to water-supply law.

Steering Committee

Elizabeth Barton, Esq., Partner, Day Pitney, LLP
Charles Button, CCSU Professor of Geography
Don DeFronzo, Holder of the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy & Practical Politics.

Richard Judd, Professor and President Emeritus, CCSU
Kristina DeVivo, Treasurer, Student Government Association, CCSU
Steven Kliger, Executive Director, Center for Public Policy & Social Research, CCSU
Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
David Radka, Engineer, Senior Environmental Specialist, Milone & MacBroom

Roger Reynolds, Esq., Counsel, CT Fund for the Environment/ Save the Sound
Christina Robinson, CCSU Associate Professor of Economics
Paul Zagorsky, Esq., Partner, Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske

Poster by Kristina DeVivo

Registration URL: https://survey.ccsu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=96M2nl6K

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