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A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

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A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR at UConn) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

This event is free and open to the public.

The “Regional Water: Where Is It? Who Uses It? Who Decides?” program will be wide-ranging and fast-paced, with three different panel discussions:

  • Regional Water Resources,
  • Regional Water Systems, and
  • Water, Economic Development and Regional Planning

Panelists include water experts from the University of Connecticut, representatives from Windham Water Works, CT Water Company and representatives from the Economic Development Commissions of Windham, Tolland and Mansfield.

Members of each panel will give very brief presentations, with most of the time allotted to answering written questions from the audience.

The forum is being organized by Pat Bresnahan, former Associate Director of Connecticut Institute of Water Resources and now a member of the Mansfield Economic Development Commission, and will be moderated by League member Sondra Astor Stave.

For more information, see the website for the League of Women Voters of Northeast CT, http://www.lwvmansfieldct.org, or email: patricia.bresnahan@gmail.com

The evening’s program is as follows:

7 p.m. Welcome –  Gloria Bent, League of Women Voters of Northeastern CT

7:05 Moderator’s Opening Remarks – Sondra Astor Stave, League of Women Voters of Northeastern CT, Coventry Resident

7:10 First Panel: Regional Water Resources

  • Glenn Warner, Director, CT Institute of Water Resources, Professor, Dept. Natural Resources and the Environment, UCONN (5 min)
  • Jana Butts, Planner, Town of Brooklyn, formerly with WINCOG (5 min)
  • Discussion, written questions from audience (15 min)

7:35 Second Panel: Regional Water Systems

  • Mike Callahan, Chair, Windham Water Commission (5 min)
  • Tom Callahan, Associate Vice President Infrastructure Planning & Strategic Project Management at University of Connecticut (5 min)
  • Discussion, written questions from audience (20 minutes)

8:10 Third Panel:  Water, Economic Development and Regional Planning

  • Bill Hettinger, Chair, Windham Economic Development Commission (5 min)
  • Kevin Bouley, President, NERAC, Member, Tolland Economic Development Commission (5 min)
  • Pat Bresnahan, Member, Mansfield Economic Development Commission, former Associate Director, CT Institute of Water Resources (5 min)
  • Discussion, written questions from audience (20 minutes)

8:45 Elected Officials

9 – 9:20 Refreshments and Further Discussion

Editor’s note: For a related discussion, see the CTV14 Town Talk segment in which the founder of Citizen’s Water is interviewed. To access that program at no charge, go to http://www.ctv14.com and click on the Programming tab – from that drop-down menu choose VOD Archives, and on that page use the (All Folders) drop-down menu to scroll to Town Talk (hosted by Brenda Sullivan) at the bottom. The Citizens Water segment will appear on the Town Talk page.

Posted July 22, 2013 as edited and added to by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

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