"Dedicated to constant vigilance, judicious management and conservation of our precious natural resources."
Mission Statement: "To promote the statutory responsibilities of Connecticut Conservation Commissions and Inland Wetland Commissions and to foster environmental quality through education and through the conservation and protection of wetlands and other natural resources."
SAVE THE DATE!
2015 Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Villa Capri, Wallingford
CACIWC is pleased to recruit Dr. Michael Klemens, as the keynote speaker of our 38th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference. More information...
* * * Membership Dues for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 are Now Due * * *
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Environmental Job Postings
CACIWC members, the 2015 revision of the Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan is ready for your review and comment! Please see a description of the plan on the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) website:
Sections of the actual plan are available here: Please note that comments are due to the DEEP by August 21, 2015.
Climate Change Sustainability Workshop for Municipalities is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2015, more information here:
CACIWC supports proposed definition to the Clean Water Act
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Prospect and Naugatuck, Connecticut
New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) todayannounced that the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) was detected in Prospect, CT on July 16, 2012 by staff members at CAES. The identification has been confirmed by federal regulatory officials in the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA APHIS-PPQ). This is the first record of this pest in Connecticut, which is added to 15 other states where infestations have been detected. A new probable site of infestation is located in the Naugatuck State Forest. The beetle identification is unconfirmed. The emerald ash borer is responsible for the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees from the mid-west to New York State and south to Tennessee. Ash makes up about 4% to 15% of Connecticut's forests and is a common urban tree.
Click here to read Press Release from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Report Sightings of Invasive Mile-A-Minute
Vine Mile-a-minute vine is a highly invasive annual plant from eastern Asia that can quickly cover, outcompete and replace native vegetation, damaging habitat for native plants and animals. Early detection and rapid response are essential for control. Mile-a-minute was first found in Connecticut in Fairfield County in 1997. Since then, it has spread to 20 Connecticut towns, as far east as Stonington and as far north as Simsbury. Mile-a-minute spreads by seed and quickly grows into dense stands. Seeds are spread by wind and water.
Visit www.hort.uconn.edu/mam for additional identification tips, photographs and control information. You can also contact Logan Senack (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Donna Ellis (860-486-6448; email@example.com) for additional information. To report a suspected mile-a-minute invasion, visit the above website or contact Donna Ellis at UConn at 860-486-6448.
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New Publications and Links
The Habitat -- Summer 2015
- Motions-Improve/Deny Wetland Application
- 2015 Environmental Legislation Review
- Conservation Districts and Soil Health
- 24th Annual Envirothon Winner
- DEEP's "Your Environmental Connection"
- CACIWC News
The Habitat -- Spring 2015
- CALL TO ACTION—Open Space Funds in Jeopardy
- Intervention—CT Environmental Protection Act
- CEQ Report 2015
- Project Green Lawn
- CLCC Legislative Agenda
Stream Temperature Monitoring Website
If you plan to conduct stream temperature monitoring you must be check for quailty control measures.
Contact Meghan Rute, CT DEEP, P: 860.424.3061 , E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now accepting applications to form a New RBV Group
DEEP is currently accepting RBV training requests for groups interested in a new River Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) program in their area during the fall 2014 monitoring season. If you are considering doing so, please contact Meghan Rute, CT DEEP, P: 860.424.3061 , E: email@example.com. All new groups are required to have at least one representative attend new group training.
Planning for Agriculture:
A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities
American Farmland Trust and Connecticut Conference of Municipalities are pleased to announce the release of the updated Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities. The 63-page guide is a tool to assist town boards, local elected officials and citizen advocates in finding ways to support local farms and farm businesses and to retain and protect farmland. An electronic version of the guide is available online at: www.farmland.org/connecticut OR www.ct.gov/doag
Your Environmental Toolkit for Properly Assessing Development Proposals
CACIWC is pleased to provide Conservation Commissions with a new environmental toolkit pamphlet to help commissioners properly assess development proposals that may come before their town. Click here to download pamphlet.
Historical find in Haddam
Yellow groove running bamboo has naturalized by rhizomes washing downstream. Naturalized colony documented on 7-28-2013 in Pine Brook Preserve - Haddam, CT.