The Inland Wetlands Commission carries out the requirements of State Statutes to assure proper use, protection and maintenance of the Town’s freshwater wetlands and watercourses.
The Inland Wetlands Commission is a volunteer 5 member board that meets on the 4th Monday of every month in the Norma Drummer Room at Town Hall.
The Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer is an agent of the Inland Wetlands Commission and enforces the inland wetlands regulations and coastal site plan decisions on issues of zoning compliance. He/She is supervised by the Inland Wetlands Commission and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the regulations.
The Enforcement Officer performs site inspections, reviews permit related documents and is available for consultation by appointment.
The following two forms can be printed, filled out, and submitted to Town Planner Bob Looker who will place the application on the IWC Agenda.
What are watercourses and wetlands?
Watercourses are defined as rivers, streams, brooks, waterways, lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, bogs and all other bodies of water, natural or artificial, vernal or intermittent, public or private.
Wetlands means land which consists of any of the soil types designated as poorly drained, very poorly drained, alluvial and floodplain by the National Cooperative Soils Survey. This may include filled, graded or excavated sites as well as wetlands which may not be wet year-round.
Why are wetlands important?
We depend on wetlands for:
Who regulates activities affecting wetlands and watercourses?
Regulatory standards are set by the State of Connecticut. Local administration of the regulations is the responsibility of the Commission. Fresh water wetlands may also be regulated by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the CT DEEP (Department of Energy & Environmental Protection).
How do I know if there are wetlands on my property?
Wetlands are determined by soil type and not always possible to identify by sight. The Wetlands Enforcement Officer may be able to advise you from a review of maps and records. If wetlands exist on your property, any work planned may require a permit, even if the work site is a considerable distance from the wetlands.
What can I do if I see a violation?
Call the Wetlands Office and speak with the Enforcement Officer. Detailed information, including the address and the activity, is appreciated.