State Water Plan Legislation Passed

July 5, 2019

I wanted to take a moment this week to talk about one of the most important environmental and health initiatives that the legislature undertook this year.

We passed the latest version of the State Water Plan. Because in the past Connecticut has not had a cohesive policy, my colleagues and I in the House took a significant step to safeguard our water supply. In 2014, the General Assembly called on the Water Planning Council to develop a State Water Plan. Their final report was submitted to the legislature, and now that plan has been adopted.

The Plan is a plan for the management of the water resources in our state. The Plan is required to balance the needs of public drinking water supply, economic development, recreation, and ecological health.

We know the State Water Plan is essential to protecting our waterworks from private companies and big business. The Plan is not the solution to the problem, but composed of forward thinking steps to help frame future laws and regulations.

Every Connecticut resident is entitled to clean water. Water is a necessary valuable source of life and a public trust, and must be protected and preserved for future generations. I am proud and grateful to my colleagues for joining me in making a commitment to this issue.

On another note, I am thrilled to announce that on Monday, July 8th, Governor Lamont will be signing Public Act 19-49 An Act Concerning Transitional Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is my bill expanding transitional services for students with autism. I have worked hard on this legislation over the last couple of years, and I’m proud I was able to get this legislation passed this year.

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