IMPORTANT: Integrated Water Quality Report

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has released its most important document on the status of CT rivers and other waters under the standards and rules of the Clean Water Act. This is the Integrated Water Quality Report, delivered to the US Congress every two years. The comment period runs to August 29, 2014.

Questions and comments on the report should be directed to Walter Tokarz, at walter.tokarz@ct.gov or in writing to CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Water Protection and Land Reuse, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Planning and Standards Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT, 06106-5127.

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO REVIEW THIS REPORT AND COMMENT AS NECESSARY

This report will tell you whether a river, stream, lake, cove, or estuary has been assessed under the Clean Water Act, whether it has been found to be impaired or not, and whether remediation efforts are being considered, under way, or completed. For any kind of planning, action, advocacy, or application for funding, this is vitally important information.

The report is lengthy and complex. The most efficient way to gather information about a water body of interest to you is to enter the name of the water body in the “Find” box, and keep hitting “Next” until the end. You may be surprised by what you find, or disagree, or be pleased, or want to urge DEEP to make a correction or to do more. That is why there is a comment period. DEEP puts major resources into this effort, and we should respond.

If you have questions about the report or the most effective way to comment, Rivers Alliance will try to help. You may call (860-361-9349) or email (rivers@riversalliance.org).

FOR A SUMMARY OF THE REPORT, GO TO:  http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/water/water_quality_management/305b/draft_2014_iwqr_factsheet.pdf

FOR THE ENTIRE REPORT, GO TO:  http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/water/water_quality_management/305b/2014_iwqr_draft_305b_303d.pdf

FOR MORE BACKGROUND, GO TO:  http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325610&deepNav_GID=1654

 

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