Connecticut public trust waters are at risk again. The state Water Planning Council met in an emergency session on August 12th to hear public testimony on the controversial environmental study proposed to determine the feasibility of a land swap pushed by both Tilcon and the city of New Britain. Tilcon wishes to expand its crushed rock mining activities into 131 acres of Class I and Class II watersheds, an action currently prohibited by state law. In return, the city of New Britain would get lease money and-40 years in the future- a reservoir.
Once again there's a question of corporate profits and potential municipal income driving a decision to sell off a prime natural CT asset. The Class I watershed acts not only to store, but to protect and filter water for the surrounding areas. Mining the newly proposed area could also expose a current reservoir serving New Britain -Shuttle Meadow- to contamination.
As Mary Pelletier of Park River Watershed noted at the hearing, citizens can no longer rely on municipal officials to protect these vital resources. It's up to them to police both private corporations seeking profit and municipalities seeking to balance their budgets.
Save Our Water CT
Citizen advocates acting to protect and conserve Connecticut's public trust waters.