September 5, 2017
- State Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023 (State C & D Plan) - Revised Draft Available
- Connecticut State Water Plan Final Draft Report: Notice of Request for Written Comments
- Route 7 Wastewater Facility Decommission and Construction of New Pump Station and Force Main to South St. Wastewater Treatment Facility, Ridgefield
- NEW! Proposed Sewer Easement, Pomfret
1. Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023 (State C & D Plan)
The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has published a revised draft of the Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023 (Draft State C&D Plan), in accordance with CGS Section 16a-28(b). The Draft State C&D Plan, including the Draft Locational Guide Map, can be viewed at: https://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2990&Q=587532&PM=1.
OPM, in cooperation with Regional Councils of Governments (COGs), will schedule, publicize, and conduct formal public hearings on the Draft State C&D Plan in each of the state’s nine planning regions over a five-month period.
Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on October 16, 2017.
Written comments should be sent to:
Name: Daniel Morley
Agency: Office of Policy and Management
Address: 450 Capitol Avenue, MS #54 ORG
Hartford, CT 06106-1379
This notice is published in the Environmental Monitor at the request of the Office of Policy and Management to provide notice of the availability of the revised draft of Conservation and Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut, 2018-2023. There is a strong link between this plan and CEPA.
2. Connecticut State Water Plan Final Draft Report: Notice of Request for Written Comments
The State Water Planning Council (WPC) is soliciting and collecting public comments on the Connecticut State Water Plan Final Draft Report. A copy of the draft plan and associated resources can be found at www.ct.gov/water.
Members of the public may submit written comments on the plan. Comments must be filed no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2017.
Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 22a-352(c), the (WPC) is required to provide a time period of not less than one hundred twenty days for public review and comment of the State Water Plan Draft Report prior to finalizing the State Water Plan Report and submitting it to the legislature. The WPC will fully consider all written and oral comments concerning the proposed state water plan and will make the electronic text of the finalized state water plan available on www.ct.gov/water, along with a report summarizing all public comments received, and (2) the changes made to the finalized state water plan in response to such comments and the reasons for such changes.
Written comments may be submitted electronically (recommended) or by mail.
To submit comments electronically, complete the web-based comment form at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CT_StateWaterPlan. This form provides the option to either (1) upload comments as a PDF or Word document (maximum size 16MB), or (2) input comments in a text box directly on the form.
To submit hard-copy comments by mail, send a letter to:
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
10 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
ATTN: State Water Plan Draft Report Comments
All comments submitted using the methods above will become part of the formal public record and posted to www.ct.gov/water for viewing.
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"Scoping" is for projects in the earliest stages of planning. At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist. Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study. Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated.
After Scoping, an agency that wishes to undertake an action that could significantly affect the environment must produce, for public review and comment, a detailed written evaluation of the expected environmental impacts. This is called an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE).
1. EIE Notice for Ridgefield Route 7 Wastewater Treatment Facility Decommission and Construction of New Pump Station & Force Main to South Street Wastewater Treatment Facility
Project Title: Route 7 Wastewater Facility Decommission and Construction of New Pump Station & Force Main to South Street Wastewater Treatment Facility
Municipality where project is proposed: Ridgefield
Addresses of Project Locations: South Street Plant: 22 South Street. Route 7 Plant: 9101 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7).
The project is being undertaken to address aging and worn equipment and structures at the Town's two treatment facilities that are reaching the end of their service life, as well as to meet new, more stringent effluent limits. The Town is proposing to decommission the Route 7 Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) and consolidate treatment operations at the South Street WWTF. This involves the demolition of the Route 7 WWTF, and installation of a force main and pump station to convey flow to the South Street WWTF. The project also includes the potential to expand the South Street WWTF sewer service area by approximately 90 acres and 126 parcels based on an assessment of potential future sewer needs to address public health concerns with two areas of existing development. The South Street WWTF will be upgraded to comply with the anticipated facility effluent limits, as well as to handle the flow from the decommissioned facility and potential additional sewered areas.
The public can view a copy of this EIE at:
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse 2nd Floor
79 Elm Street, Hartford CT 06106
Ridgefield Town Clerk's Office
Ridgefield Town Hall
400 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Project Document: Ridgefield Environmental Impact Evaluation
Project Map(s): Figures 1 to 11 from the Draft EIE
Comments on this EIE will be accepted until the close of business on: October 6, 2017.
Additional information about this project can be found online at DEEP's Environmental Impact Evaluations for Water Projects
Send your comments about this EIE to:
|Agency:||Department of Energy and Environmental Protection|
|Address:||79 Elm Street, Hartford CT 06106|
1. Notice of Proposed Pomfret Sewer Easement
Complete Address of Property:
From Route 44/169 Crossing in Pomfret to Town Farm Road in Putnam
Number of acres to be transferred:
Non-exclusive easement along 3.27 miles of former railroad right-of-way
Click to View Maps:
Figure 1. Map of Property Location
Figure 2. Map of Property Location
The property contains the following:
||Buildings in use|| Buildings not in use
|| No Structures
|Other Features:||x||Wooded land||Nonagricultural fields||Active agriculture|
|Paved areas||x||Ponds, streams, other water, wetlands|
|Water Supply:||Public water supply||On-site well||x||Unknown|
|Waste Disposal:||Served by sewers||On-site septic system||x||Unknown|
|Neighborhood Conservation Area|
|Rural Community Center|
|Existing Preserved Open Space|
The property is in the following municipal zone(s):
|Not zoned||x||Not known|
Value of property, if known:
|x||If checked, value is not known.|
Type of Sale or Transfer:
|Sale or transfer of property in fee|
|x||Sale or transfer of partial interest in the property (such as an easement). Description of interest: Non-exclusive Easement|
Proposed recipient: Town of Pomfret
Proposed use by property recipient:
The Town of Pomfret intends to install a pressurized sanitary sewer line (i.e., force main pipe) beneath the Trail and an associated pump station off-trail. Each of the above-mentioned users will utilize an individual pump station that will convey wastewater to a centralized pump station located near the intersection of Route 44/169 in Pomfret (See Figure 2). From the centralized pump station, wastewater will be pumped over to the Wastewater Treatment Facility in the Town of Putnam via the force main pipe installed along the Trail for final treatment.
As owner of the Air Line State Park Trail, DEEP will continue to maintain the property for public recreation purposes. The centralized pump station would generally consist of a concrete wet well, submersible pumps, valve vault, remote alarm system, odor control system, a standby emergency generator, and approximately a 60’x12’ stockade fencing enclosure.
The agency is proposing to transfer the property with the following restrictions on future uses:
DEEP will reserve the right to continue to use the land within which the easement will be granted for any use and purposes. The easement will limit the future installation of above ground wastewater infrastructure or appurtenances associated therewith. The easement will require the installation of odor control measures. DEEP will ensure that it incurs no expense as a result of said easement and ensure that the Town of Pomfret bears all direct and indirect costs of construction, building, repairing, operation and maintenance of said easements.
|If checked, the state is not currently proposing restrictions on future uses.|
Reason the State of Connecticut is proposing to transfer this property:
DEEP, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, will be developing the Trail to enhance recreational opportunities following the Town of Pomfret’s sewer installation project. In exchange, the Town is proposing to provide DEEP with an A-2 survey of the property and create engineering plans for the development of the trail, including 7 road crossings (2 of which are pedestrian bridge designs), all to DOT construction specifications.
Comments from the public are welcome and will be accepted until the close of business on OCTOBER 5, 2017
Comments may include (but are not limited to) information you might have about significant natural resources or recreation resources on the property, as well as your recommendations for means to preserve such resources.
Written comments* should be sent to:
Paul F. Hinsch
Bureau of Assets Management
Office of Policy and Management
450 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1379
*E-Mail submissions are preferred.
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