In addition to the DEEP's Municipal Inland Wetlands Agency Comprehensive Training Program and continuing education workshops, other entities offer classes and conferences that may be of interest to inland wetlands agencies and their staff.
The Connecticut Freedom of Information Act ensures citizen access to the records and meetings of public agencies, including municipal inland wetlands agencies; and The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC) hears complaints from persons who have been denied access to such records or meetings. The FOIC regularly conducts educational workshops and speaking engagements for public agencies. A schedule of FOIC
, and other valuable information, is available on the Commission's website.
The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) organizes a Connecticut Land Use Law for Municipal Land Use Agencies, Boards and Commissions seminar every other year. The next seminar is anticipated for the spring of 2017. CBA periodically conducts a similar program for attorneys. Remind your town attorney that
may be offering this important training opportunity in spring 2016. In addition, CBA offers civic education classes to the public free of charge. The Adult Civics Education Program covers a wide range of areas, from wiretapping to eminent domain to the death penalty, so that students can better understand the intricacies of civics and American government. Classes range from one one-hour program to four two-hour classes. Lesson plans and training are provided by CBA. For more information on the programs please contact the Connecticut Bar Association at (860) 612-2025 or
The Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) provides information and assistance to land use decision makers and other audiences in support of better land use decisions, healthier natural resources, and more resilient communities. CLEAR research, outreach and training programs address the overlapping issues of water management, land use planning, climate resiliency, and geospatial (mapping) technology. Training is offered through three channels: 1) Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) provides information, education and assistance to local land use boards and commissions on how they can accommodate growth while protecting their natural resources and community character.
are free of charge, and most take about 1 hour. A variety of topics can be presented ranging from planning for stormwater to natural resource-based planning for watersheds; 2) the
Land Use Academy
offers day-long training covering the roles and responsibilities of all land use commissions and map reading for site plan review; and 3) the
Geospatial Training Program
offers training in geospatial technologies to town officials and town staff in geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and new, rapidly evolving technologies designed to make maps and geospatial data available over the internet.
: the Land Use Academy training is separate and distinct from the DEEP Municipal Inland Wetlands Agency Comprehensive Training Program and continuing education workshops provided pursuant to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act.
The Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions (CACIWC) conducts an annual conference in early November. The conference offers a variety of mini-workshops on the legal and technical aspects of wetland and watercourse management. View
for conference information and other resources.
The Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists (CAWS) promotes the profession and understanding of wetland science in Connecticut. CAWS designs and develops programs to educate the membership and the public in the study of wetlands and the profession of wetland science. The CAWS annual meeting provides a day full of diverse current topics in wetland science. View the
for upcoming events.
The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), a partnership between DEEP and UConn, is a multi-disciplinary center that brings together a variety of experts ranging from natural sciences to engineering and finance to provide practical solutions to problems arising as a result of a changing climate. The Institute will help coastal and inland waterway communities in Connecticut better adapt to changes in climate and also make their human-built infrastructure more resilient while protecting valuable ecosystems and the services they offer. Check
CIRCA's calendar of events
for upcoming outreach and extension activities.
The Climate Adaptation Academy, a partnership of Connecticut Sea Grant, NOAA, CLEAR and the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, provides information on current adaptation research, policy and practice, and serves to promote an exchange of information between municipal officials, researchers, and other professionals. View the
Climate Adaptation Academy's web page
for future workshops and presentations.
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