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The Habitat
Summer 2022

  • 45th Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference speakers, workshops & schedule
  • CACIWC News
  • Annual Conference Registration guidance
  • CIPWG Virtual Invasive Plant Symposium
  • Governor’s 50th Anniversary Proclamation
  • CACIWC Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the CT Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Act!


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




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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

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

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

Read Proclamation >>


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

Membership Application & Renewal Forms

Click here to use our convenient online form, or 

Click here to download the printable form.

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

deKoven House Community Center
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457 



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) website.
Click here




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 treeEmerald Ash Borer Info.

Click here to read Press Release from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.



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


Preparing for Drought in Connecticut. 

The State Water Plan Outreach and Education Subgroup is hosting a virtual workshop on April 12, 2023, from 12 to 1 p.m. For more information, click here: Preparing for Drought Workshop flyer


Environmental Job Postings

The University of Connecticut, UConn Extension is seeking applicants for the new position of Associate/Assistant Extension Educator in Land Use Planning and Climate Resilience

For more information, please see: Associate/Assistant Extension Educator in Land Use Planning and Climate Resilience



For additional information on Inland Wetlands and Watercourses in Connecticut, including training and regulations, please see this State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) website: Inland Wetlands and Watercourses home page (


Please also see the DEEP Inland Wetlands Agency Directory at: AgentTownStaffDirectorypdf.pdf


For additional information on Connecticut Wildlife including CT species, the National Diversity Data Base, and Reporting a Wildlife Sighting, please see this CT DEEP website: Wildlife in Connecticut



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.