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

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

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Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network

The Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network (CWC Network) is an environmental forum sponsored by Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. The Network brings together members of river and watershed groups, land trusts, conservation commissions, government agencies, and other stakeholders to identify ways we can improve our communication, share our organizational resources, and better coordinate our watershed protection efforts statewide.

The CWC Network welcomes all people and groups interested in watershed conservation in Connecticut. If you would like more information or wish to support us, please contact us at 860-361-9349 or e-mail to rivers@riversalliance.org. Services offered include e-mail news, two annual conferences, special workshops, and answers to your conservation questions.

Please consider joining our support organization, the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. RA is a nonprofit, statewide river conservation coalition. RA's members are individuals, organizations, and corporations concerned with the health and protection of Connecticut's waters.

CT Watershed Conservation Network Oct 2016 Conference  

CT Watershed Conservation Network
October 27, 2016, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Leir Retreat Center, Ridgefield

Water policy and issues are at the forefront of discussions around the state this year. This conference will focus on these important issues - issues that will affect everyone in the state in one way or another.

9:00 - 9:30    Sign-in

9:30 - 9:45    Welcome Remarks

Eileen Fielding, Executive Director, Farmington River Watershed Association, and President, Rivers Alliance of CT

9:45 – 10       Announcements

Climate Change Data and Rivers Alliance’s Online Drought Page - Margaret Miner, Executive Director, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut

10 - 10:30      Current Drought: A Town Well-Prepared, A Utility Surprised, A State Agency Order

 Denise Savageau Conservation Commission, Town of Greenwich

10:30 - 11      Statewide Water Planning: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Alicea Charamut, River Steward, CT River Watershed Council
Louis Burch, CT Campaign Coordinator, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

11 - 11:15      Break 

11:15 - 11:45 WUCCS: The Other State Water Plan

Donna Landerman, Central WUCC; and Margaret Miner, Rivers Alliance

11:45 - 12:10 Environmental Policy Issues & Information

Lori Brown, Executive Director, CT League of Conservation Voters

12:15 - 1       Lunch Break

1 - 1:10         Announcements

Land Conservation and Protection of Water: Lee Dunbarr

1:10 - 1:40     Rock Mining in Drinking Water Watershed Lands; The Role CEQ Has Been Assigned In This Matter

 Paul Zagorsky, Attorney, Zagorsky, Zagorsky & Galske, PC

Peter Hearn, Environmental Analyst, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ))

1:40 – 2        Freedom of Information (FOI) and Water Planning

 Valerie Rossetti, Save Our Water CT; and Margaret Miner, Rivers Alliance


Where: The Leir Retreat Center, 224 Branchville Road, Ridgefield, CT (click here for directions).

The event is free, thanks to our host and sponsor, the Leir Retreat Center.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, registration is required. To register, email Rivers Alliance at rivers@riversalliance.org, or call 860-361-9341.

If you have an announcement you would like to make at the conference, please let us know as soon as possible. We will add you to the agenda. We limit announcements to less than 5 minutes each.  We will also have tables for those who would like to bring information to distribute to the group.