At the end of June, Connecticut released the final draft of its first ever State Water Plan and public comments are currently being accepted. As you will recall from our earlier communications, throughout the last two years PRWC has been an active voice at the table in the planning for Connecticut’s first State Water Plan (“SWP”). Our engagement has been as an appointed member of the Water Planning Council Advisory Group and as a member of the Science & Technical Committee charged with assisting with the science behind the SWP. Our goal has been to export local watershed knowledge into the SWP with the desired outcome being that the SWP would provide for the assembly of critical water resource data and meaningful pathways to balance the competing needs for our water resources. We believe that the SWP overall meets this goal. It was an honor for us to have participated in the development of the SWP while working alongside so many talented individuals. We applaud the State Water Planning Council for its leadership in developing the SWP.
The following is a link to the Final Draft of the SWP. There are three documents included in the link: the SWP itself (612 pages), an executive summary (23 pages) and a 2 page overview. We encourage you to review as much of the material as you have the time for while underscoring that the executive summary will give you a good understanding of the SWP. Here is the link: http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?a=4801&Q=586878
The Final Draft of the SWP is currently in a public comment period. The link also provides you with an opportunity to directly comment on the SWP. If you have any questions or other comments that you would like to discuss directly with PRWC, please do not hesitate to contact us. PRWC looks forward to approval of the SWP and future participation in its implementation.