DEEP: CT's Watershed Management Program

Connecticut's Watershed Management Program

The Connecticut DEEP created the Watershed Management Program to more effectively address water resource issues from an integrated watershed perspective. For purposes of water management, the state has been divided into five major watershed basins along natural watershed boundaries. DEEP Watershed Managers work within these five major watershed basins to assist communities in forming partnerships, drafting watershed based plans, and implementing environmental projects to restore and protect Connecticut's water quality on a watershed-wide scale.

The primary mission of Watershed Managers is to facilitate CT DEEPís watershed management efforts to improve and maintain water quality within the State. To accomplish this, the managers have several key responsibilities. These include:

  • Serving as a central knowledge base about watershed areas in terms of natural features, water resource issues, and State and Federal programs and activities.
  • Helping to focus CT DEEP program activities on priority watershed management issues, throughout the State, including both protection of pristine, and restoration of impaired water bodies.
  • Assisting in the development of comprehensive watershed management plans to protect and restore water quality, conserve resources, enhance pollution control and prevention.
  • Acting as a liaison between municipalities, residents, citizen organizations and other stakeholders within watersheds to offer assistance and guide local land use decision making.
  • Providing education and public outreach about watershed issues.
  • Helping to manage nonpoint source pollution related projects financed in part with funds from the Federal Clean Water Act (Sections 319, 104, 604) and State River Restoration Grants.

Watershed Management Areas:

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Watershed Lakes and Nonpoint Source Program Staff:

Name Area Telephone
Chris Malik Watershed Manager (860) 424-3959
Susan Peterson Watershed Manager (860) 424-3854
Eric Thomas  Watershed Manager (860) 424-3548
Chuck Lee Lakes Manager (860) 424-3716

The Watershed, Lakes, and Nonpoint Source Program Staff are here to work with you on water-related projects and issues statewide. Please feel free to contact them about the ways in which they may be able to assist you.