The responsibilities of the Inland Wetland Watercourse Agency is to regulate and protect the inland wetlands and watercourses of the Town of East Windsor. This duty is mandated by the State of Connecticut based on adopted inland wetland regulations, which are reviewed by the Department of Environmental Protection. The regulations stipulate the criteria for the Commission to act on residential and commercial applications.
To effectively enforce the requirements of the regulations, Commission members and staff are provided with training courses and workshops. The office is staffed by a part-time inland wetland agent who will determine if a proposed activity is within the regulated area, and subsequently follow through with the permit process. Site inspections are conducted to ensure erosion controls are adequate and construction is in compliance with the approved permit.
Pre-application reviews are often conducted by staff and the Town Engineer to address concerns and expedite the review process. Technical support is also provided by the Hartford County Soil and Water Conservation District. The office continues to answer questions and provide information to the public on a daily basis.
Decisions on applications, wetland violations, permit extensions, etc., are acted upon by the Inland Wetland Agency at their meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Broad Brook Town Hall. The Agency encourages attendance and participation from the Town residents.
Wetlands provide major environmental and economic benefits to the community. They are critical to water supply, elimination of pollution, storm and flood damage prevention, wildlife habitat and recreation. People anticipating any work in and around wetlands and/or watercourses should contact this office prior to starting any work. The public awareness of environmental laws has increased substantially since the 1972 enactment of the Inland Wetland and Watercourses Act.