***FRWA will be updating this page as we get new information on this proposal and articles about how it pertains to the Farmington River.
Dear Farmington River Friends,
This document is to answer any questions you may have about the current position of FRWA regarding a proposal by the Metropolitan District Commission to supply Farmington River water to the University of Connecticut. We thank you for your interest, and invite you to contact us if any further clarification is needed.
UConn has extended its comment period to January 31st on this issue and will be hosting a public hearing on this proposal in the Farmington Valley on January 22 at 7 pm in the Human Resources Training Room at the UConn Health Center’s Munson Building, 16 Munson Road, Farmington.
FRWA Prevented from Commenting on MDC Proposal
Attorneys for the MDC have drawn FRWA’s attention to an agreement that was signed in 1998 to settle the controversy that arose from an earlier MDC attempt to divert water from the Farmington River. The MDC maintains that the agreement forbids FRWA’s advocacy in connection with the current controversy regarding a proposed diversion of millions of gallons to service UConn and its environs.
Given the MDC’s position, FRWA has decided to refrain from advocacy in this matter at this point.
FRWA and its legal counsel have met with MDC and its attorneys to discuss the 1998 agreement and its legal and practical implications.
Accordingly, FRWA withdraws any comments it made before MDC’s attorneys demanded that it cease and desist. The more than four hundred signatures placed on its petition in the few days that it was open will not be delivered. FRWA expresses no official opinion at this point about the MDC proposal.
FRWA will continue to post links to informative published information on its website. Another river-oriented group that might be helpful to interested persons is Rivers Alliance, whose website is www.riversalliance.org. Rivers Alliance is completely independent of FRWA.
Individual FRWA members and other concerned citizens may wish to voice their opinions and to petition their government leaders.
Among the possible recipients of comments are:
firstname.lastname@example.org [Mr. Esty heads the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection]
email@example.com [Mr. Witkos is the state senator for part of the Farmington Valley] and other town and state officials and news outlets
To read about the EIE and how to make your comment directly to UConn, visit this link to the UConn office of Environmental Policy: http://www.envpolicy.uconn.edu/eie.html. The comment period has been extended until January 31. In addition, another public hearing in the Farmington Valley area will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 pm in the Human Resources Training Room at the UConn Health Center’s Munson Building, 16 Munson Road, Farmington.
Articles/Commentary on this proposal:
- Farmington Patch: Residents, Officials Urge UConn to Reject MDC Proposal in Bid for Additional Water Supply – January 23, 2013
Farmington Patch: Officials Oppose Water Diversion Option as MDC Plans Meetings in Farmington – January 15, 2013
- Register Citizen: Barkhamsted, Nepaug reservoir diversion sought for UConn; town officials, groups want further study – January 15, 2013
- Hartford Courant Editorial: UConn’s Water Plans Deserve Broader Scrutiny December – January 2, 2013
Simsbury News: Hampton to seek anti-diversion legislation as Farmington River future uncertain – January 3, 2013
- On December 19, the Council on Environmental Quality(CEQ) met. The MDC proposal to divert water to UCONN was on the agenda. To watch the meeting, including Karl J. Wagener’s (Executive director of the CEQ) remarks regarding the Enivironmental Impact Evaluation for the MDC proposal and public testimony given at the meeting, go to the link below. You will need to wait briefly until the MDC proposal comes up, but it is the first substantive agenda item: http://ct-n.com/CTNplayer.asp?odID=8531
- Karl J. Wagener (Executive Director of CEQ) discusses the MDC diversion in an interview on December 21 on WNPR at the following link: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/node/23468