On Oct 18th, the MDC announced that it is planning to halt its releases into the West Branch of the Farmington River in mid-November due to the prolonged drought. By charter, they are required to release 32 M gallons/day through Goodwin Dam to maintain a minimum flow of 50 cubic feet/sec (cfs). But much of MDC's allotted water in Colebrook River Lake and soon in the West Branch Reservoir (both of which flow through the Goodwin Dam) will be exhausted.
From the MDC press release: "The West Branch Reservoir and Colebrook River Lake are not currently used as part of the MDC’s drinking water supply, but are used to manage riparian flow releases, to release minimum stream flows to maintain the West Branch of the Farmington River, and to enhance recreation on the reservoirs and in the river. The multi-purpose nature of these impoundments and the benefits that they provide to the river as a whole, are major reasons why this portion of the River downstream of Goodwin Dam has been designated as Wild and Scenic."
Should they be allowed to deviate from their charter requirement without further regulation? What will the fate of the Farmington River and its fish and wildlife be? Were all the reassuring facts provided by MDC during the Niagara debate so re-assuring now that we are in the THIRD year of a CT drought? Should we be making sure CT has enough water for its residents, businesses and environment before allocating it to an out-of-state corporation for bottling and shipment out of state? What do YOU think?
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