Julie Foley September 26, 2005 NR 385 RIVER CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT: CONNECTICUT Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP) is the managing state agency. http://dep.state.ct.us/ The Bureau of Natural Resources (BNR) within CT DEP comprises fisheries, wildlife and fisheries management. BNR’s goal is to ensure “wise and sustainable use”. The departments and associated duties within BNR that appear to cover river corridor management issues are: http://dep.state.ct.us/aboutdep/thngwedo.htm#BurNatRe The Inland Fisheries Division conducts the review of permit applications for development, water diversion and habitat alteration. The Wildlife Division conducts public awareness and technical assistance programs to address privately owned habitat. This division promotes awareness of the value of wildlife. The Office of Planning, Coordination and Fiscal Management is the planning entity for land and water resources. Habitat Conservation and Enhancement (HCE) program has a habitat management initiative that states that the health of fish populations is directly related to the health of the supporting habitats. The HCE program liaises between the Fisheries Division and federal, state and local regulatory agencies, and private conservation organizations. The program develops laws, policies and planning initiatives affecting aquatic resources. o Develop and implement approximately 15 habitat restoring and enhancement projects annually on streams, rivers, lakes and ponds (doesn’t this seem lacking???). o Guide private landowner management of streams and ponds. o Conduct research into the relationships between fish and their habitats. o Provide the technical foundation for the protection of surface water habitats through state and Federal regulatory programs (e.g., riparian buffer legislation, minimum instream flow requirements, wetland restoration master plan). The Bureau of Water Management (BWM) is responsible for the protection and restoration of surface and ground water to protect public water supplies, human health, fish and aquatic life. BNR preserves and enhances water-base recreation, restores rivers, and promotes pollution prevention. The following sections apply to river corridor management. http://dep.state.ct.us/aboutdep/thngwedo.htm#WaterMan The Planning and Assistance section develops plans for protection and restoration of lakes, rivers, groundwater and other water resources. The Inland Water Resource Division’s Wetlands section assists municipalities to preserve and protect wetland resources and floodplains. Regulates water diversion, agency actions in wetlands and watercourses and work within stream channel encroachment lines. o The Stream Encroachment Line program establishes stream channel encroachment lines, reviews permits to develop in floodplains and conducts inspections and enforcement. http://dep.state.ct.us/pao/iwrdfact/strmchan.htm The Flood Management section plans and implements flood and erosion control projects. Legislation: Chapter 477d – River Protection http://www.cga.ct.gov/2005/pub/chap477d.htm Sec. 25-102pp. Definition: Designates protected river corridors, among other duties. “Protected river corridor means any river, river segment and adjacent lands deemed worth of permanent protection, preservation and resource management because of environmental, historic, hydrologic, ecologic, agricultural or recreational qualities. Powers and Duties of the commissioner. River management and protection program. Advisory committee: (a) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall be responsible for stat-wide river policy and comprehensive protection of rivers. The commissioner shall (1) identify rivers or river segments to be protected, (2) designate protected river corridors and (3) approve, reject or modify river corridor maps and management plans submitted pursuant to sections 25-205 and 25-235.