Hartford, CT - Today, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) attended Governor Dannel P. Malloy's announcement ordering the implementation of the State Water Plan. This comprehensive plan balances the needs of conservation, economic development, recreation, and ecological health.
"Special interests and utility giants blocked the State Water Plan to keep the people of Connecticut from having authority over the management of their own water," said CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown. "Our water is a public trust, and the residents of Connecticut have a right to decide how it's used. This session saw significant lobbying from utility companies at the expense of Connecticut families. Lawmakers bowed to special interests when they failed to bring the State Water Plan up for a vote. Thankfully, Governor Malloy has been a champion on this issue, and we at the CTLCV applaud him for his foresight and conviction.
"As the CTLCV prepares to make endorsements for the 2018 election, we are paying close attention to those lawmakers who fought for the environment and stood up to special interests. While voters may not be able to hold utility companies accountable at the polls, they can certainly take action against lawmakers who put special interests ahead of the people they serve. Our upcoming Environmental Scorecard will report on the battle over the public trust and the State Water Plan during this recent legislative session."
The State Water Plan was developed by the Water Planning Council through an exhaustive, transparent process complete with a lengthy period for public comments. The 2018 legislative session ended without legislative review or approval by the CGA.
The CTLCV will be releasing its Environmental Scorecard online at www.ctlcv.org.