"A river is the report card for its watershed." (Alan Levere, CT DEEP)

Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network Conference Nov 14, 2012


About Us

How to Join

Network Conferences

Conservation Practices


Contact Us

Rivers Alliance 
PO Box 1797
7 West Street, 3rd Floor
Litchfield, CT 06759

Click here for a printer friendlier version

CT Watershed Conservation Network Conference Nov 14, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Leir Retreat Center, Ridgefield


9:00 - 9:30           Sign-in

 9:30 - 9:40           Welcome Remarks                                                                                                                                           (10 min.)

Dr. Jack Fong, Vice President Board of Directors, The Leir Retreat Center http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/LRC%20Information%20Handout.pdf
Eileen Fielding, Executive Director, Farmington River Watershed Association; President,  Rivers Alliance of CT

9:40 - 10:30         Saving State Conserved Lands, Round Table Discussion                            (50 min. inc. Q & A)

State Lands Working Group:  http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/conserved%20lands%20issue.pdf and http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/saving%20conserved%20lands.pdf
Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq., Executive Director, CT Land Conservation Council
Sandy Breslin, Director of Governmental Affairs, Audubon CT
Martin Mador, Legislative & Political Chair, CT Chapter of The Sierra Club
Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of CT                                                                                                                                                                

10:30 - 10:45   Break                                                                                                                                                                          (15 min.)

10:45 - 11:00   Announcements                                                                                                                                    (5 min. each)

Coastal Revitalization Effort, Peter Alexander, Landscape Architect http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/coastal%20restoration%20plan_peter%20alexander.pdf
Tree Box Filters, Nanda Zimmerman, Stormwaterworks, LLC http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/tree%20box%20filter%20stormwaterworks.pdf

11:00 – 11:35         How Commissions Can Plan for Extreme Rainfall. The Latest Data.  (35 min. inc. Q & A)

Denise Savageau, Conservation Director, Town of Greenwich.  http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/Rainfall_riversalliance2012.ppt  Here are some important links from Denise Savageau's rainfall data powerpoint presentation
                           1.  Extreme Rainfall for NY/New England website:  http://precip.eas.cornell.edu/
                           2. CT DEEP Climate Change Adaptation:  http://ctclimatechange.com/index.php/learn/adaptation/
                           3. Town of Greenwich Drainage Manual: http://www.greenwichct.org/Government/Departments/Public_Works/Engineering_Division/Stormwater_Information/drainage_manual/

Arde Ramthun, P.E., State Conservation Engineer, Natural Resource Conservation Service http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/Extreme%20Precip.ppt

 11:35 – 12:00      Election Results and Policy Priorities     (25 min.)

                   Lori Brown, Executive Director, CT League of Conservation Voters http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/CWCN%20Conferences%20Documents/ctlcv%20forum%20info.pdf

  12:00 – 12:45   Lunch Break                                                                                                                                                       (45 min.)

12:45 – 1:30           Current Policy Issues & Information                                                                                               (45 min.)

Rate-making to Encourage Water Conservation Investments by Utilities  
Source Water and Sewage 
Remediation Transformation

          Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of CT and Others

CEQ’s Draft Recommendations for Environmental Legislation, Public Forum Nov. 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM  and Draft Checklist or Reccommendations

          Peter Hearn, Environmental Analyst, Council on Environmental Quality

1:30 – 1:45           Announcements                                                                                                                                   (3-5 min each)

Water Quality Standards & 303 (b) List, Jacqueline Talbot, CT River Watershed Council
The Organic Land Care Program, CT NOFA, Kristiane Huber
New Opportunities to Support Rural and Agricultural Towns - An AGvocate Workshop Thu Nov 29

24th Annual Northeastern Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference May 14-15, 2013
Guilfords Packaged Sewage Treatment

2:00 – 2:10        Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                                (15 min.)

                                **Please Complete Evaluation Forms**


A very special thank-you to The Leir Retreat Center for hosting this conference!

And many thanks to the Conference Steering Committee for helping us put together this event:

Cordalie Benoit , Connecticut Community Gardening Association
Karen Burnaska, Transit for CT / Endangered Lands Coalition
Raul de Brigard, CT River Watershed Council & CT Gateway Commission
Eileen Fielding
, Farmington River Watershed Association
Margaret Miner and Rose Guimaraes, Rivers Alliance of CT
Jerry Silbert
, M.D., The Watershed Partnership
Martha Smith, Environmental Consultant
Jacqueline Talbot, Connecticut River Watershed Council
Dennis Tobin, Town of Litchfield