Opportunities to Make a Difference: Public Lands. Water Plan. Watershed Lands.

Land Conservation Advocates
Opportunities to Make a Difference
Call to Action - April 12, 2018

TAKE ACTION | Today!

In cased you missed notices this week from the CT Forest & Park Association, Rivers Alliance, and other advocates for land and water, please consider taking action on the following important issues that impact land conservation.

Protect Your Public Lands
Ask Your Legislators to Co-Sponsor SJ 35

What: As of tonight, thanks to you, the number of co-sponsors of Senate Joint Resolution 35: “Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the State Constitution to Protect Real Property Held or Controlled by the State” (SJ 35) is now up to 36!  

Action: Please contact your Legislators with a short personal note or phone call and ask them to co-sponsor SJ 35. 

Protect Your Water Resources
Support the State Water Plan as Drafted

What: Connecticut’s first State Water Plan will be the subject of a joint hearing with the Environment, Planning and Development, Public Health, and Energy and Technology Committees on Tuesday, April 17.  The plan shapes how the state regulates all water resources, and includes detailed information on state water resources and priorities related to drinking water, protection of watershed lands, and conservation. It also references water as a public trust resource. With the weakening of federal protections it is more important than ever to adopt a state water plan.

Action: Please ask the committees to pass the State Water Plan as drafted.

Protect Your Class I and II Watershed Lands
Oppose Tilcon Proposal

What: The city of New Britain seeks to lease approximately 70 acres of the city’s water department’s Class I and II land in Plainville to Tilcon for the purpose of rock mining. CLCC is concerned that permitting the project to move forward will undercut the strict protections on Class I and II lands currently accorded under state law, not only posing a risk of adverse impacts to highly valuable water supplies and surrounding environs, but also setting a dangerous precedent for further erosion of such laws and for requests for similar activities from others in the future.  

Action: Please send comments opposing this transaction.

Keep up your great work!

The public trust doctrine, set forth as state policy in Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-15, is intended to protect air, water, public lands, and other natural resources in perpetuity for the benefit of current and future generations. Thank-you for taking action to protect these resources and the integrity of this vital doctrine.

Sincerely,

Amy

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
abpaterson@ctconservation.org