Senator Joan V. Hartley (D-Waterbury) received the Connecticut Water Works Association’s Legislator of the Year Award for her outstanding leadership on issues affecting Connecticut’s water resources. The Connecticut Water Works Association (CWWA) is an association of public water supply utilities that promotes state policies that assure reliable, high quality water supplies to protect the public health and safety.

    “Sen. Hartley has demonstrated a deep commitment to public health, safety and environmental protection,” said Maureen Westbrook of The Connecticut Water Company and CWWA Legislative Committee Officer. “As the past Chair of the legislature’s Regulations Review Committee, Sen. Hartley played a leadership role in balancing the competing interests of various stakeholders to help negotiate reasonable stream flow regulations to protect both our rivers and streams and the public health and safety of our citizens,” Westbrook said.

    “Her efforts will ensure that Connecticut can move forward with stream flow regulations that will preserve public water supplies for future generations while protecting the state’s aquatic life,” Westbrook added.

    “Sen. Hartley’s efforts were critical to getting people back to the table to negotiate more workable, balanced stream flow regulations.  Due to her hard work, Connecticut can now move forward with reasonable policies affecting rivers and streams that balance the state’s public health and welfare with the need to protect our environment and aquatic life,” said Tom West of Southington Water and CWWA Legislative Committee Officer.

    The award was presented at CWWA’s Annual Fall Meeting held in Wallingford on October 21, which was attended by more than 150 water industry professionals.  This year’s other recipient is Rep. Vincent Candelora (R-86).