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Marilyn Moore

Honesty & Integrity

Information on the State Water Plan

I’ve received numerous calls and questions about the State Water Plan. Here’s the latest:

The plan, which was ordered by the General Assembly through Public Act 14-163, was developed by the Water Planning Council (WPC) to balance the needs of public water supply, economic development, recreation, and ecological health. It was completed through an exhaustive and transparent process that included an extended period of public comment from all stakeholders.

The plan required legislative review and approval, but the legislative session ended without action from the General Assembly.

A major point of contention for some legislators was a provision in the State Water Plan’s executive summary that declares water a public trust—a declaration of public policy that has been enshrined in state statute for more than 40 years.

The governor’s executive order recommits to the definition of water as a public trust. Attached is his entire statement which outlines the plan.

In addition to implementing the State Water Plan, the executive order takes the following actions:

  • Directs the WPC to coordinate and work with the advisory group established pursuant to Section 25-33o(c) to help implement the State Water Plan.
  • Orders the WPC to resubmit the State Water Plan to the General Assembly for its review and approval by December 1.

The State Water Plan is the first of its kind in Connecticut.

  • The WPC is comprised of representatives from four agencies: the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Health, the Office of Policy and Management and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.