"A river is the report card for its watershed." (Alan Levere, CT DEEP)
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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 email@example.com. Services offered include e-mail news, two annual conferences, special workshops, and answers to your conservation questions.
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Roadside pesticide spraying by state and local governments was the main topic at the Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network conference May 30 at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. A panel on pesticide spraying included speakers from the state departments of Transportation, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Public Health, as well as the nonprofit Watershed Partnership.
The DOT conducts spraying mostly to maintain required sight lines on roadways, ensure guardrails are visible, and control invasive vegetation. DOT sometimes uses mechanical means to control vegetation, but that is more time-consuming and costly than spraying. DOT works with DPH and water companies to alter spraying near public water supplies but not near rivers and streams. The state also sprays for mosquitoes to protect people from illnesses such as West Nile Virus.
Some of the concerns expressed about current pesticide spraying approaches were:
Overall, attendees noted a need for better data on pesticide use and a greater effort to find nontoxic alternatives.
Also on the conference agenda was an overview of the recent legislative session, as well as announcements, including one concerning “River Smart,” an initiative of Aspetuck Pomperaug River Partners to encourage landowners to reduce polluted runoff from their property into local streams. For more on the conference please see the agenda at http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/conf20140530.htm