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Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions
38th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Villa Capri Banquet Facility

906 N. Colony Road Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 265-7174


CACIWC’s 38th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference, was held Saturday, November 14, 2015, featuring a revised agenda with new workshops and networking opportunities.

CACIWC is pleased to recruit Dr. Michael Klemens, as the keynote speaker of our 38th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference. Educated in the United States and Europe, Dr. Klemens is a well-known conservation biologist and land-use planner who seeks to achieve a balance between ecosystem requirements and human needs. He plans to support our continued efforts to educate members on the impact of climate change on local environments by reviewing new Connecticut-specific species population and habitat data. He will also promote better use of scientific data and discuss ways for commissions and their staff to increase collection of local information, while improving the resiliency of their communities to climate change.

In response to your comments from the 2014 meeting survey, CACIWC has worked with our conference facility to revise the layout of our 2015 workshop rooms to provide more space for displays, encourage networking, and increase learning through use of improved sound and audiovisual systems. We look forward to having you join us at;

Please direct any questions on our annual conference to us at:


  Track A. Conservation biology & habitat management Track B. Legal and regulatory updates & issues Track C. Climate adaptation & water management
Session 1
9:30-10:30 AM
Workshop A1 Workshop B1 Workshop C1
Session 2
10:45-11:45 AM
Workshop A2 Workshop B2 Workshop C2
Session 3
1:30-2:30 PM
Workshop A3 Workshop B3 Workshop C3
Session 4
2:45-3:45 PM
Workshop A4 Workshop B4 Workshop C4

Scheduled workshop topics:

Session 1 (9:30-10:30 AM)

A1. "Connecticut Invasive Plant List"
Nicole Gabelman, CT Invasive Plant Coordinator
This workshop will provide you with background information on invasive plant issues in Connecticut while focusing on how to identify, control and report plants listed on the CT Invasive Plant Early Detection List. Plants listed on this Early Detection List are known to be invasive and are present only in relatively low numbers at limited locations, while plants listed on the separate Research List require more documentation in order to evaluate their invasive potential. Conservation Commission members can serve as valuable resources for identifying and reporting such plants in their individual towns. Together we can document the current distribution of these plants and act quickly to detect and control new occurrences!

B1. "Back to Basics; Wetlands Law & Regulations"
Janet Brooks, Attorney at Law, LLC
Designed for both the new and experienced wetlands commissioner, this workshop will review the important rules and procedures for conducting meetings, reviewing and acting on wetlands applications, and responding to appeals. Attorney Brooks will draw upon her private practice experience and work with the Connecticut Attorney General's Office to present this review of the basic steps to ensuring that your inland wetlands commission is functioning within the law while protecting local wetlands and watercourses within your town. She will also utilize findings from both Connecticut court cases and results from her 2013-14 statewide-survey of municipal wetlands regulations to illustrate these important basic points.

C1. "Pond Dredging, Part 2"
Mark June-Wells, PhD, Limnologist & Plant Ecologist, NALMS Certified Lake Manager; Aquatic Ecosystems Research (AER)
Pond dredging imparts a significant disturbance to lentic systems. However, dredging is an important tool that can help manage pond and lakes in Connecticut. Mr. Wells will expand on his 2014 CACIWC workshop with additional information on dredging techniques, their risks and what regulatory processes are required.

Session 2 (10:45-11:45 AM)

A2. "Invasive Forest Insects"
Kirby C. Stafford III, PhD
Chief Entomologist, State Entomologist;
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES)

Connecticut’s forests face increasing pressures from invasive insects. Recently, we have seen the expansion of the emerald ash borer and winter moth, an outbreak of gypsy moth, some increased damage to hemlocks due to the elongate hemlock scale, and the detection this year of the southern pine beetle. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), the plant pest regulatory agency for the State, conducts forest health surveys, and several of our scientists conduct research on various invasive forest insects. Dr. Stafford will review these insects, their introduction and spread, and how we can potentially reduce the impact of some on our forest resources.

B2. "2015 Wetlands Law Update with Q & A Session"
David Wrinn, CT Attorney General’s Office;
Janet Brooks, Attorney at Law, LLC;
Mark Branse, Branse & Willis, LLC

This trio of wetlands attorneys has been brought back by again popular demand to keep you current with recent legislative changes and the latest state Supreme Court and Appellate Court cases. This workshop will also include the 30-min question-and-answer session that you asked for!

C2. "Resilience & Climate Adaptation"
Rebecca A. French, PhD, Director of Community Engagement;
Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaption (CIRCA)
University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaption (CIRCA) is a partnership of UConn and the CT DEEP. The CIRCA team of professionals provides outreach and extension professionals from UConn to both develop relationships with community leaders of at-risk communities along Connecticut's coastline & inland waterways and to provide them with pertinent information on the impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment. In this workshop, Dr. French will review current projects and efforts of the team.

Session 3 (1:30-2:30 PM)

A3. "Pesticides & Integrated Pest Management"
David R. Brown, ScD, Public Health Toxicologist & Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc.
Louis Burch, Program Coordinator, Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE)

The Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) has considered numerous proposed bills to extend existing limits on pesticide use on school grounds and other municipal land. This workshop will serve to educate attendees on the current debates regarding pesticide use on these properties. Pesticide toxicity will reviewed along with information use of alternate approaches, including integrated pest management.

B3. "The Other Half: All about P&Z and ZBA"
Steven Sadlowski, AICP, Zoning Enforcement Officer & Inland Wetlands Agent; Town of New Hartford
Attorney Mark K. Branse, Branse & Willis, LLC

This workshop will be a primer on how Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commissions and Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBA) work. It will look at their history, authority, the various permits they issue and how they interface with the Wetlands and Conservation Commissions. Just think, you will finally know the real difference between a Special Exception, a Variance and a Site Plan Review! During the question-and-answer session, Attorney Mark Branse will emphasize how Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions can work more effectively with their local Planning & Zoning Commissions.

C3. “Sensible Stormwater Management & Ecological Restoration Solutions - Case Study”
Joanne Parsons, ASLA Site Systems, Inc.
A demonstration project in Trumbull that seeked to restore the Pequonnock River to a natural and sustainable ecosystem by improving water quality, increasing native habitat, and promoting sustainable land use strategies will be presented along with suggestions for other restoration solutions along streamsides. This project at Trumbull's Old Mine Park, won the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) 2014 Design Merit Award for ecological pond & stormwater management.

Session 4 (2:45-3:45 PM)

A4. "Smartphone Apps for Mapping and Managing Land & Resources"
Cary B. Chadwick, MS, Geospatial Educator; Center for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR)
University of Connecticut

This session will review mapping apps that can be very useful tools for Connecticut conservation commissions and their staff and cooperative partners. Armed with these apps and a mobile device, anyone with pocket money and maybe a little geospatial skill can: (1) digitize any paper map, (2) collect tracks and waypoint data, (3) create custom forms for mobile data collection, and (4) create custom web maps. This session will include demonstrations of various apps and will focus on how they can be used to delineate and display trail networks, monitor property boundaries and inventory the locations of features such as invasive plants, wetlands and sensitive habitats.

B4. "2015 Revisions to the Public Health Code Governing Technical Standards for Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems"
Matthew Pawlick, Sanitary Engineer II; CT Department of Public Health (DPH), Environmental Engineering Program
Significant changes to the State Health Code became effective January 1, 2015. Learn how these changes affect septic system design, function and analysis by wetland agencies, including required separating distances from Low Impact Development features

C4. "Low Impact Development (LID)"
Sean Hayden, Executive Director; Northwest Conservation District
This workshop will review a series of low impact development (LID) inspired structures that have been installed and are functioning in Connecticut. The presentation will provide information on how they work and why they are important. Mr. Hayden, who has been actively involved in municipal commission education and training programs, will also discuss various methods of incorporating an LID design requirement into town land use regulations and ordinances.




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Schedule for the Day

Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am

Welcome & Business Mtg.
9:00 – 9:30 am

Session 1 Workshops 
9:30 – 10:30 am

Break 1 
10:30 – 10:45 am

Session 2 Workshops 
10:45 – 11:45 am

Break 2 
11:45 – 12:00 noon

Lunch, Keynote Speaker & Awards
 12:00 – 1:15 pm

Break 3
 1:15 – 1:30 pm

Session 3 Workshops 
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Break 4
2:30 – 2:45 pm

Session 4 Workshops 
2:45 – 3:45 pm

Displays will be on view from
8:30 am – 2:45 pm.

Conference ends 4:00 pm


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