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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.

Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network Conference Oct 29, 2014

Rivers Alliance of CT logo CWCN logo Fall 2014 Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network Conference

Wednesday October 29, 2014
9:00am to 2:30pm

The Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT



Welcome Remarks          

Eileen Fielding, Executive Director, Farmington River Watershed Assoc.; President, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut 

Save the Clean Water Act (sign-on letter) 

Tony Mitchell, Rivers Alliance

Using a Design Manual for Better Stormwater Management           (35 min.)

Steven Trinkaus, P.E., Trinkaus Engineering

Another useful link: CT DEEP Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse Resources for Municipalities

Statewide Water Planning: How Far Along Are We?                           (20 min.)

Maureen Westbrook (Connecticut Water Company) & Margaret Miner (Rivers Alliance of Connecticut),
Co-chairs of the Water Planning Council Advisory Group

Water Planning Docket Number 14-08-09


Break                                                                                                                                                                    (15 min.)

Green Magic Cyril May, Cyril the Sorcerer



USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) for Long Island Sound Watershed, a $19 Million Project

Denise Savageau, Conservation Director, Town of Greenwich, and President,

Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts


Watershed Assistance Small Grants Program & Water Trails Program

Rose Guimaraes, Rivers Alliance

Naugatuck River Trash Excluder Pilot Program

Kevin Zak, Naugatuck River Revival Group

Trash traps given a tryout Ventura tests devices to curb urban runoff


Performance of Existing Hazardous Waste Treatment Facilities 

Margaret Miner, Rivers Alliance


Town Bans on Fracking Waste 

Evan Abramson, Housatonic Valley 350; Jen Siskind, Food & Water Watch; and others

Local Actions Against Fracking

Court of Appeals Norse v. Dryden Amicus Brief

Lunch Break

Pesticides: Do We Need Them Everywhere? And Who Decides? Regulatory Capture                         

                                Jerry Silbert, M.D., The Watershed Partnership 


The Environment in the General Assembly                                                                           

Lori Brown, Executive Director, CT League of Conservation Voters; and Margaret Miner, Rivers Alliance

2014 CTLV Scorecard


Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                       






A very special thank-you

to The Leir Retreat Center

for hosting this eventPlease register in advance by emailing us (rivers@riversalliance.org) or calling (860-361-9349). Space is filling fast! Let us know if you plan to attend and please send this information along to anyone who you think might be interested.  

DRAFT Agenda Topics:

Moderator:  Eilleen Fielding,  FRWA and Rivers Alliance.

10 am  Maureen Westbrook (Connecticut Water Company) and Margaret Miner, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, co-chairs of the Water Planning Council Advisory Group, Statewide Water Planning:  How far Along?

Denise Savageau, Conservation Director, Town Of Greenwich,  USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) For Long Island Sound Watershed, a $19 million project. 

Cyril May, aka Cyril the Sorcerer, Green Magic.

Steve Trinkaus, PE, Using a Design Manual for Better Stormwater Management

Evan Abramson. Housatonic Valley 350,  and others,  Town Bans on Fracking Waste and Town Resolutions on Pesticides

Susan Eastwood, Clean Water Action, Signing On to Save the Clean Water Act

Lori Brown, CT League of Conservation Voters.  The Environment in the General Assembly (double entendre intended). 

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 approx. 5 min. each. We will also have tables available, if any of you would like to bring information to distribute to the group.

Lunch will be provided.