Winter 2020 –
Park Watershed, and the North Branch Conservation Committee of the West End Civic Association is asking the City of Hartford to include one page stating the need for comprehensive environmental planning in its 10-year Plan of Conservation & Development.
Park Watershed has recently completed an Environmental Education Report: Learning How to Conserve and Revitalize the North Branch Park River.
Educational programming along the North Branch Park River was been the focus of our 2018 – 2019 project work. We welcome input from stakeholders along the North Branch Park River. Contact us to schedule a meeting or presentation of our findings.
Park Watershed is also reviewing the Goals list as outlined in the 2010 North Branch Park River Watershed Plan with respect to accomplishments, slippages and updates. A summary review of that Goals list is available as a pdf version of a presentation delivered at an Stakeholder Implementation Meeting on September 8, 2017. However the file size (76.MB) is too large to be uploaded to this website. Contact Mary Pelletier to learn more about this project work, or arrange a presentation for your community group or club.
The North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan concluded in July 31, 2010. The approved final document resides with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, along with other watershed management plans and documents on the Ct DEEP website. For the details of the process, see the North Park Plan project website.
The plan is a comprehensive, yet practical planning document for the protection and restoration of water resources in the North Branch Park River watershed. The plan characterizes the watershed conditions, identify, investigate, and address the current and emerging issues facing the watershed, and have the clear potential to affect on-the-ground change within the watershed.
The watershed management plan development followed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ‘Nine Element’ planning process guidance for the development of watershed-based plans. The guidance outlines nine key elements that establish the structure of the plan, including specific goals, objectives, and strategies to protect and restore water quality; methods to build and strengthen working partnerships; a dual focus on addressing existing problems and preventing new ones; a strategy for implementing the plan; and a feedback loop to evaluate progress and revise the plan as necessary. This approach will enable implementation projects under this plan to be considered for funding under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
The project team, led by Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., included the Farmington River Watershed Association, the Park River Watershed Revitalization Initiative, and New England Environmental, Inc. The North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan was developed in cooperation with the CT DEEP, other governmental entities, stakeholder groups, and the general public. For more information about the planning process, and project documents, see the North Park Plan project website.