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Registration Open! ------   Watch this webpage for more conference details as they develop. 

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Conference Presented by
Rivers Alliance of Connecticut and
The Central Connecticut State University 
Center for Public Policy and Social Research


Sat. March 9, 2019
9 am to 4 pm


Constitution Room
Memorial Hall, CCSU
New Britain, CT


Continental Breakfast & Lunch Will Be Served

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The agenda is still in development as we await confirmations.   


Dr. David Dauwalder, CCSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Richard Judd, Professor and President Emeritus, CCSU

The Water Paradox.

Shimon Anisfeld,  Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Water is a Public Trust Resource in Connecticut. What Does This Actually Mean When Managing Water Supply?  Does It Matter? 

Elizabeth Barton, Esq., Partner, Day Pitney, LLP.
Roger Reynolds, Esq., Counsel, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/ Save the Sound.
Paul Zagorsky, Esq., Partner, Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske.
Elizabeth Gara, Esq., Executive Director, Connecticut Water Works Association.
Moderator: Frederic Lee Klein, Esq. Pullman & Comley LLC.
Handout:  Primer on the Public Trust.

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, Engineer, Senior Environmental Specialist, Milone & MacBroom.
Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.
Handout:  DPH summary of WUCC law and the statute. 

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?  Do they know what this means?  Do they care?

Lou BurchConnecticut Program Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

The Public Trust in Water at the Local Level.  Can towns on their own require conservation in times of water stress relying in part on the public trust doctrine?  Can water companies? Can towns or local advocates require water companies to protect streams with releases (or limits on pumping?)  Can they limit water company sales out of the watershed or out of state? 

Denise Savageau, President, Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts; (Ret.) Conservation Director, Greenwich.
Alicea Charamut, River Steward for Connecticut, Connecticut River Conservancy.
Paula Jones, SaveOurWaterCT.
Others to be announced.  

What Happens When the Legislature Is Asked to Act on Issues Relating to Water Supply and the Public Trust in Water?  What are the barriers to anything moving?  Who are the players and deciders? 

Rep. Jonathan Steinberg136th House District.
Don DeFronzo,  Holder of the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy & Practical Politics.
Lori Brown, Executive Director, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
Eric Brown, Vice President, Connecticut Business and Industry Association
Sen. George Logan, 17th Senate District
Rep. Mary Mushinsky, 136th House District.

Can Anyone Buy Your Water Utility? Can Anyone Actually Buy Your Water?   Discussion of public interest and the public trust in water. 

Speakers to be announced.

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

Speakers to be announced.

Puzzler with Prize:  When if ever does public-trust water become private property?  When it is a tributary to a water-supply reservoir?  In the reservoir?  On its way to the treatment plant? In water mains?  In pipes to customers? In your garden hose? In a bottle in your fridge?

Program will be updated here (www.RiversAlliance.org/WaterTrust
as additional speakers confirm their participation. 

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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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