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DEP's New Aquifer Protection Regulations

Advanced Zoning and Land Use in Connecticut

November 17, 2006

Authors: Joseph P. Williams

On February 2, 2004, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) long-awaited Aquifer Protection Land Use Regulations became effective. The adoption of these regulations is a key step in the implementation of Connecticut.s Aquifer Protection Program, which is intended to protect major public water supply wells in sand and gravel aquifers to ensure a plentiful supply of public drinking water for present and future generations. To accomplish this goal, DEP will oversee the designation of Aquifer Protection Areas around well fields in Connecticut that serve more than 1,000 people. The Program also requires that land use controls be imposed in these areas to minimize the potential for contamination of the well fields. In this article, Joseph Williams summarizes the broad statutory scheme establishing the Aquifer Protection Program.

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