CDM Smith Completes Connecticut State Water Plan
HARTFORD, Conn — CDM Smith recently completed the final draft report of the Connecticut State Water Plan, part of a multi-year process to assess the state’s water resources, protect critical drinking water supplies, and map a path forward. The plan is now under review by the state legislative committees—environment, public health, planning and development, and energy and technology—and Governor Daniel Malloy. The final draft report is now available on the ct.gov/water website.
The goal of the water planning process was to “balance the use of water to meet all needs.” This effort was guided by the Water Planning Council, made up of representatives from the four state entities with oversight or regulatory responsibility for water management: The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). The Water Planning Council established goals for the plan to maintain the highest quality drinking water, help support environmental balance, improve conservation measures, and maintain scientific data about water resources. With the final draft report, the CDM Smith team provided a series of consensus-based policy priorities that would further those goals.
“This report sets a policy direction for Connecticut’s future, allowing the state to adapt to shifting conditions and climate change,” said CDM Smith senior vice president and technical strategy leader for water resources Susan Morea. “Whether through science-based water management principles, better data management, water education, or regulatory guidance, Connecticut will be able to use this plan to provide a basis for decisions that consistently apply the views of stakeholders across the state.”
CDM Smith has provided water resources planning for many municipalities and states in recent years. Connecticut joins Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri and West Virginia as states that have relied upon CDM Smith’s expertise to plan for a more resilient future.
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