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About Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
Rivers Alliance of
Connecticut is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated to protecting and
enhancing Connecticut's rivers, streams, and watersheds. We promote and support environmentally sound state policies, assist the
state's many watershed and river groups, and educate the public about the
importance of water conservation and aquatic habitats. We are a membership-based nonprofit corporation founded in 1992. Our 600 members include 100 organizations.
Rivers Alliance seeks to protect Connecticut's rivers, streams, and watersheds
Building Coalitions, Encouraging Collaboration: Coordinating the efforts of the state's many river and watershed groups
Strengthening the Grassroots:
Supporting and providing resources to local river conservation organizations
Promoting Sound Public Policy:
Encouraging supportive state laws, regulations, and programs regarding water
allocation, watershed planning, and river protection
Educating the Public:
Providing speakers, holding conferences, and creating informational
on the importance of river preservation and restoration
Awards and Honors
Montgomery Hare Environmental Defender Award, Housatonic Valley Association, 2009
Clyde O. Fisher Award, CT Bar Association, Environmental Section, 2008
Annual Award, Willimantic River Watershed Association, 2006
Conservation Advocate Award, NW Conservation District, 2005
Leadership Award, CT Fund for the Environment, 2005
Leadership Award, Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, 2004
Award for work on the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA), Connecticut
Fund for the Environment, 2002
Friend of the River Award, Housatonic Valley Asssociation, 2001
Environmental Merit Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2000
Outstanding River Advocate Award, American Rivers, 1993
Marc Taylor, M.D. 1937-2012
We announce with deep sorrow the death of our director Marc Taylor, M.D., on
June 5. He was a friend of rivers across the country, but especially here in
Connecticut. He was an engineer, physician, Yale professor, woodworker,
outdoorsman, fun host, family man, and, above all, in his years of partial
retirement, a supremely energetic and dedicated advocate for rivers and clean
water. Inspired in part by the lovely, small Pomperaug River in his own backyard
in Southbury, CT, Marc became within a few years a nationally respected river
expert and policy leader.
He co-founded the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, with a focus on good
science and cooperative stewardship. The organization has developed
sophisticated water-science for use by local decision makers. He was active in
the land trust, because the health of land and water are mutually linked.
Extending his advocacy from town to state, to region, to nation, he became a
director and officer of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, president of the
Housatonic Valley Association, and then president of River Network, based in
Portland, Oregon. He remained an active and extraordinarily helpful participant
in all these groups. He never gave up on a cause; he just worked harder. He was
modest and quiet, willing to sit through long meetings if he thought it would
help a river or river group. But he wasn't shy about approaching prominent
leaders in the public and private sector with the message that rivers are the
lifelines of the country, and must be protected and supported.
He was given numerous awards and honors, but the accomplishment he valued
highest was persuading groups with apparently different interests that we all
depend on water, and we all should work together.
Many of our members and friends have sent remembrances, and we are collecting
and binding these for his wife, Jan, and daughters, Ann and Regina.
----- Board and Staff of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, June 5, 2012
Timeline: Marc Taylor was born in 1936, and grew up
outside New York City. He learned to canoe as a boy scout. He attended Amherst
College, worked briefly as an engineer, and then enrolled in Columbia University
Medical School. He did his internship, residency, and post-doctoral fellowship
at Yale University Medical School. He did important research on liver function,
taught at Yale, had a large private practice, and in his so-called retirement he
was medical director of an extended care facility. Most of this time, however,
was spent on river advocacy and science, as described above. He was fully active
in this second avocation until pancreatic cancer and an infection took him away
in just a few weeks.
His family can be reached at POB 814, Southbury CT 06488 or at the email of his
son in law, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF RIVERS ALLIANCE OF CONNECTICUT
Eileen Fielding (President) is the Executive Director of the Farmington River Watershed
James Creighton (Vice-President) is the treasurer of the Mattabesset River Watershed
Association and is an Environmental Analyst in the Permitting and Enforcement
Bureau of Water Management at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
McInerney (Treasurer) is the retired Chairman of the BHC Company
(formerly, Bridgeport Hydraulic Company), a Board Member of the Housatonic Valley
Association, and Vice-Chairman of the Water Pollution Control Authority in
Bingham, M.D. (Secretary) is a member of the Eight Mile River
Wild & Scenic Study Committee and a Board Member of the Connecticut League of
Conservation Voters. He also serves on the Salem
Planning and Zoning commission, where he is working to develop the town's
Conservation and Development Plan, and the Salem Land Trust.
Bill Anthony is a Director of Friends of
Outer Island and a Director of Flanders Nature Center.
is a Director of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association, a
director and co-founder of the Mill River Watershed Association, and a member of
the Hamden Natural Resource and Open Space.
Sarah Martin is a principal and founder of Hays Worthington.
Dwight H. Merriam is a partner in the law firm
Robinson & Cole, teaches at Vermont Law School, and is recognized nationally as
an expert in zoning and other aspects of land-use law.
David Radka is Director of Water Resources, Connecticut Water Company.
is the River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council.
Marc Taylor, M.D., President of the Housatonic Valley Association, a Board Member of the
Southbury Land Trust, and founder and co-chairman of the Pomperaug
River Watershed Coalition.
Lynn Werner is the Executive Director of the Housatonic Valley Association and the
co-chairman of the Rivers Advisory Committee.
is co-founder and president of Friends of Goodwives River in Darien. He has a
background in international real estate.
Margaret Miner, Executive Director
Rose Guimaraes, Development &
Diane Edwards, Program Consultant
Tony Mitchell, Website Manager
Policies and Projects
Policy Action Goals. Rivers Alliance has always
vigorously promoted public policies for protection and restoration of
healthy flows in all the state's waterways. As a result, in 2005
Connecticut passed vanguard legislation requiring the Connecticut Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to adopt flow
standards for all rivers and streams. Recently we have extended our
action goals to protection of both the quantity and quality of headwaters and
groundwater. These undervalued and often neglected resources are
essential to the water future of this state.
Policy Leadership. As policy leaders, we serve as
co-chair of the state Water Planning Council Advisory Group;
a member of the state Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Board, a
member of the Clean Water Coalition (funding for sewage treatment); a member
of the CT DEEP Commissioner's Policy Work Group for stream-flow regulation;
a member of the Pesticides Coalition; a member of the Greater New Haven Community
Foundation's Advisory Board for the Quinnipiac River Fund; and a director of
the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.
Small Grants Program. This is a re-granting program funded
through the Environmental Protection Agency and the CT DEEP. In the first
we supported projects from more than 40 environmental groups, many of them new.
In 2011 we disbursed over $50,000 to 11 groups across the state. We will release
a new request for proposals later this year.
Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network. This
Rivers Alliance program runs conferences twice annually, communicates
throughout the network by email year-round, and maintains a website of
conservation news. Our 120-plus members include people from state agencies,
environmental groups, recreational groups, and just plain folks.
Fighting City Hall. Rivers Alliance believes you can
fight City Hall and win, or at least minimize losses. We assist
individuals and organizations that, in the face of daunting opposition, are trying to protect the state's
waters. We manage a Help Line (860-361-9349) to assist individuals and groups
who are in a fight to protect water resources. If the cause is good, it becomes
Education. We publish educational materials, including our
popular buffers brochure; speak to small and large groups across the state; and
stage major conferences on subjects of wide interest, for example, Electric
Industry Deregulation: Implications for Water; Streamflow: Science and Policy;
Connecticut Water Law; Hydropower in New England; and Risks, Rewards, and and