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The Habitat

The Habitat
Spring 2022

  • The CAWS Vernal Pool Monitoring Program 
  • Vernal Pools: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy 
  • CACIWC News 
  • Journey to the Legal Horizon
  •  50th Anniversary of the CT Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Act!


The Habitat
WInter 2022

  • 50th Anniversary of the CT Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Act!
  • Highlights of the 44 Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference
  • CACIWC News
  • Journey to the Legal Horizon
  • Connecticut Herpetology: A 50-Year Retrospective
  • DEEP Online Training for Municipal Inland Wetlands Agencies

The Habitat
Fall 2021

  • 44th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference speakers, workshops & schedule
  • CACIWC News
  • Highlights of the 43rd Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference
  • CACIWC's First Summer Conference




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Winter/Spring 2019

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Fall 2018

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Spring/Summer 2018

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Winter/Spring 2018

The Habitat
Fall 2017

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Winter 2017


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"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." caciwc

Saturday, October 29, 2022
CACIWC 45th Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference

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Join CACIWIC in Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Connecticut’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act during 2022!

This is a special year for CACIWC and its members as 2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Connecticut Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act (IWWA). We are dedicating our fall 2022 45th Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference to the anniversary and working with other organizations to celebrate this event. CACIWC will be including articles in The Habitat on the history of the IWWA along with stories on commission activities throughout the past five decades. Please share your stories and photos with us at Please complete and return your nomination form for our special 50th Anniversary awards and photo contest.

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CT Governor Ned Lamont proclaims 2022 as "The Year of Inland Wetlands and Watercourses"

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Membership Dues
July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 are Due!


Membership Application & Renewal Forms

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You can pay online with credit card, debit card, or PayPal account, or mail your payment via check (checks made out to “CACIWC”) to:

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CACIWC members

The final version of Connecticut's 2015 Wildlife Action Plan has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The plan is on the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)
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CACIWC supports proposed definition to the Clean Water Act
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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

Emerald Ash Borer Info


Report Sightings of Invasive Mile-A-Minute

Mile-a-minute vineMile a MinuteVine 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 for additional identification tips, photographs and control information. You can also contact Logan Senack ( or Donna Ellis (860-486-6448; 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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Other Conferences and Workshops

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG): 2022 Virtual Symposium on November 3, 2022

CIPWG Symposium program >>

CIPWG Symposium registration page >>


Connecticut Urban Forest Council: 2022 Annual Forest Forum on October 26, 2022

Annual Forest Forum flier >>

Annual Forest Forum registration page >>


Environmental Job Postings

Conservation Analyst - Town of Westport

The Town of Westport is accepting applications for the position of Conservation Analyst. Additional information on the position can be found at:

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The application form is available at:

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Director and Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs - The Town of Greenwich

The Town of Greenwich is accepting applications for key two leadership positions:

Director of Environmental Affairs:
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Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs:
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Stream Temperature Monitoring

If you plan to conduct stream temperature monitoring you must be check for quaility control measures.

Contact Meghan Lally, CT DEEP
P: 860.424.3061



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:

Click here for Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities - FIC (



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.