Stop Tilcon's Quarry Expansion into New Britain's Watershed Lands
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Tilcon wants to expand its Plainville, Connecticut traprock quarry into protected Class I & Class II watershed lands for New Britain's Shuttle Meadow Reservoir. Connecticut state law prohibits this destruction of watershed lands, but Tilcon and New Britain's mayor are seeking an exemption to proceed. If this exemption is approved by the state legislature, it will set a precedent for development of watershed lands throughout Connecticut.
The quarry expansion, planned to take place over 40 years, would permanently destroy 131 acres of irreplaceable watershed land that filters and purifies water flowing into the Shuttle Meadow Reservoir. The quarrying operations could also threaten contamination of New Britain's water supply.
If this exemption to the state law designed to protect the public's drinking water and health is allowed to proceed for New Britain's watershed land, future exemptions will be requested for watershed lands in other parts of Connecticut citing the Tilcon quarry as a precedent.
You can learn more about this important issue at Protect Our Watersheds Connecticut's website.
Sign the petition to ask our Connecticut legislative leaders to stop this threat to the drinking water for New Britain's residents and the dangerous precedent it would set for development of protected watershed lands throughout Connecticut.
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