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Connecticut Laws | Title 25 Water Resources. Flood And Erosion Control
CHAPTER 477c UPPER CONNECTICUT RIVER CONSERVATION ZONE
Sec. 25-102ii. Comment on acquisition of land and water interests by the state.

Sec. 25-102ii. Comment on acquisition of land and water interests by the state. (596)(Text)

In making fee and less than fee acquisitions in lands and waters, including scenic easements and development rights, applicable to the preservation of the Connecticut River as provided in section 25-102aa within the area encompassed by the conservation zone defined in section 25-102cc, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall invite comments from the assembly. The commissioner shall consider the recommendations of the assembly and any modifications to such recommendations. (597)

Sec. 25-102jj. Uniform Administrative Procedure Act not applicable. (598)(Text)

The provisions of chapter 54 shall not apply to any procedures to be followed or actions taken pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. (599)

Secs. 25-102kk to 25-102oo. (600)(Text)

Reserved for future use. (601)

CHAPTER 477d RIVER PROTECTION (602)(Text)

Sec. 25-102pp. Definition. (603)(Text)

As used in sections 25-102pp and 25-102qq, "protected river corridor" means any river, river segment and adjacent lands deemed worthy of permanent protection, preservation and resource management because of environmental, historic, hydrologic, ecologic, agricultural or recreational qualities. (604)

Sec. 25-102qq. Powers and duties of the commissioner. River management and protection program. Advisory committee. (605)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall be responsible for state-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. (606)

(b) The commissioner may establish a river management and protection program designed to improve the management and protection of the state's rivers. (607)

(c) If the commissioner undertakes to establish such a program, he shall establish a River Protection Advisory Committee to assist him in developing the river protection program. The committee shall consist of the following members whose terms shall expire on October 1, 1992: (1) The Commissioners of Public Health, Transportation, Economic and Community Development and Agriculture, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and the State Archaeologist, or their designees; and (2) two members representing the business community, two members representing public service companies, seven members representing environmental and recreational organizations, four members representing river protection organizations, one member representing municipalities with a river or river segment within their borders, two members representing regional planning agencies, three members representing related professional practices and one member representing the public, which members shall be appointed by the commissioner. On and after October 1, 1992, the committee's membership shall consist of: (1) The Commissioners of Public Health, Transportation, Economic and Community Development and Agriculture, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and the State Archaeologist, or their designees; and (2) one member representing the business community, and one member representing a related professional practice appointed by the Governor; one member representing an environmental or recreational organization, one member representing a river protection organization and one member representing a related professional practice appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; one member representing an environmental or recreational organization, one member representing a river protection organization and one member representing a related professional practice appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; one member representing an environmental or recreational organization, one member representing a municipality with a river or river segment within its borders and one member representing the business community appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; two members representing an environmental or recreational organization, one member representing a river protection organization and one member representing a public service company appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; one member representing an environmental or recreational organization, one member representing a public service company and one member representing a regional planning agency appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; one member representing an environmental or recreational organization, one member representing a river protection organization, one member of the public and one member representing a regional planning agency appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. (608)

(d) In developing the river protection program, the commissioner, with the assistance of the River Protection Advisory Committee, may: (1) Develop a proposal for a state-wide river management and protection program, which shall include but not be limited to: (A) The coordination of existing protective state authorities as a means of improving river management and protection; (B) the development of any statutory modifications to provide effective regional and interstate cooperation for the development of river management plans; (C) the development of recommendations for river protection for use in regulations of local land use agencies; and (D) the development of any other needed protection or management of the state's rivers, as determined by the commissioner; (2) define the river resources to be inventoried and assessed; (3) conduct a state-wide inventory and assessment of the state's rivers; (4) develop a state-wide data base of river resource information to facilitate environmental planning, regulatory and management decisions; (5) develop a river classification system; (6) develop criteria for identifying rivers or river segments for designation as protected rivers and recommended priorities for the management of the rivers or river segments; and (7) develop a program to educate the public on river protection issues and ensure public involvement in the development and implementation of the river protection program. (609)

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