Governor Ned Lamont signed CT's first comprehensive State Water Plan on October 23, 2019 at the CT Water Works Association's 2019 meeting to "Imagine a Day Without Water".
The work to implement the plan has already begun, under the direction of an executive action signed by prior Governor Dan Malloy. Initial issues of focus for the Water Planning Council's Implementation Group include the state's drought plan and the health and safety of the state's private well water system.
CT HOUSE AND SENATE PASS RESOLUTION APPROVING THE STATE WATER PLAN, WITH PUBLIC TRUST LANGUAGE INTACT! On Tuesday, June 4th, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Joint Resolution 171, approving the draft of the state water plan. As the clocked ticked towards adjournment last night, the Senate also approved the plan. It is expected that Gov. Lamont will sign the legislation.
A long, hard-fought battle by citizen water advocates to insure that our water resources were recognized as a public trust resource bore fruit.
Legislators added an amendment to HB 7194 stating that in the event of any conflict between any provision of the state water plan and any provision of the general statutes, the provision of the general statutes shall control. According to environmental lawyers, this is a re-statement of fact.
THANK YOU to all the citizen advocates who wrote, called, emailed tirelessly over these last two years. And thanks to Governor Lamont for standing up to water utility and business lobby pressure!
Commemorate U.N. World Water Day with an update on CT's waters at the Legislative Office Building. On Friday March 22cd, there will be a one hour, information packed presentation with speakers from the legislature, environmental advocacy groups, and state agencies. Learn what's happening with issues such as the state water plan, contamination of our aquifers with toxic chemicals, watershed lands at risk of development, and the potential hazards of climate change. See the program handout below.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6,
Save Our Water CT
Citizen advocates acting to protect and conserve Connecticut's public trust waters.