Conservation Connections

Protecting the river and its watershed is possible when people work together and have access to good information. The resources listed below can provide information and referrals to people who can assist with water and land conservation.

Water Conservation Resources

Contact person for Ct. DEEP water quality and watershed information:

Eric Thomas, Watershed Manager

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

DEEP Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse

79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Telephone: 860-424-3548

E-mail: eric.thomas@ct.gov

Organizations that Address Water Issues

Land Use Planning Resources

Critical land issues include the impacts of development on waterbodies and the need to preserve natural areas related to waterbodies. These issues can be addressed by planning appropriate stormwater controls and by preserving natural areas that protect streams, such as wetlands and waterside buffers of natural vegetation.

Municipal Resources

Your town's Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands Agency, Conservation Commission, and Town Planner

Organizations that Address Land Use Issues

Land Conservation Resources

Local Land Trusts

Friends of Valley Falls Park (FVFP)

Focus: land near Valley Falls Park

Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust (JTLT)

Towns: Ashford, Columbia, Coventry, Lebanon, Mansfield, Tolland, Willington, Windham

Opacum Land Trust, inc. (OLT)

Towns: Monson, Wales, Holland, Southbridge, Charlton, Sturbridge, the Brookfields, Warren, Palmer, and Brimfield, Massachusetts

Northern Connecticut Land Trust, inc. (NCLT)

Towns: Bolton, Ellington, Stafford, Union, Vernon

Focus: farmland and large forest tracts

Wolf Den Land Trust (WDLT)

Focus: Managed forest land in Windham County (includes Ashford and Windham)

Other Resources for Land Conservation

American Farmland Trust, Connecticut (Working Lands Alliance)

Norcross Wildlife Foundation, inc.

Towns: Somers, Stafford, Union

Focus: Wildlife habitat conservation and stewardship

The Last Green Valley (formerly known as the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.)

Towns: Coventry, Lebanon, Mansfield, Windham

The Trust For Public Land

Focus: Facilitates land protection projects.

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program

(Matching grants to towns and trusts)

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Farmland Preservation Program