CT RC&D seeks to promote sustainable growth toward a resilient Connecticut landscape and lifestyle, through support of and collaboration with nonprofit and government organizations who work toward natural resource conservation, open space and farmland acquisition, and land use-economic planning. CT RC&D’s Environmental Programs are focused on supporting the following activities.
CT Environmental Review Team (ERT)
The CT RC&D sponsors the CT Environmental Review Team (CTERT) Program so that land trusts and municipalities can access natural resources specialists who volunteer their time to provide natural resource inventories of municipal or land trust property.
The Environmental Review Team (ERT) Program has been in existence since 1969 and operates under the guidance of the Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area (RC&D). The goal of the ERT is to meet the challenges of conservation and development through knowledge of the land, by providing assistance to local land use decision makers.
Visit the ERT Website to learn more.
Salmon River Watershed Partnership
CT RC&D is proud to partner with the Salmon River Watershed Partnership as its fiduciary agent. In 2007, the Watershed Towns, assisted by The Nature Conservancy, launched the Salmon River Watershed Partnership (SRWP). The Partnership consists of representatives from the Watershed Towns, The Nature Conservancy, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Trout Unlimited, Colchester Land Trust and Friends of Silvio O. Conti Refuge in Haddam. As a non-profit currently without 501 (C) status, the Salmon River Watershed Partnership partners with CT RC&D. CT RC&D provides bookkeeping and financial administrative support. Also the two organizations have worked on collaborative grant applications, fundraising, and projects.
Visit the Salmon River Watershed Partnership to learn more.
CT River Invasive Aquatic Plant Collaborative
Hydrilla is a troublesome, invasive aquatic plant, which crowds out native vegetation, harms fisheries, limits recreation, impedes navigation and reduces property values. Following reports of hydrilla occurring in the southern portion of the Connecticut River, a task force led by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Invasive Aquatic Plant Program (CAES IAPP) was formed. From the Connecticut border south, hydrilla became common. Portions of the river and its coves downstream from Hartford were alarmingly choked with the weed. In some coves, hydrilla spread over the surface making access by boat impossible. In addition to damage to the CT River and its tributaries, the spread of the hydrilla to other waterbodies by fragments on boat trailers or waterfowl is a grave concern. A comprehensive survey of the Connecticut section of the river using established CAES IAPP protocols is needed to document the extent of the infestation. This will provide the basis for an assessment of management options, educational outreach and future tracking. We are seeking out other potential partners to help fund the survey north of Haddam, CT up to the CT border.
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Juno SB GPS Units with ArcPad 10
These units are available for use from CT Resource Conservation and Development Area. The GPS Units are available for use, free of charge, by the municipal, regional, and non-profit community of Connecticut. The 3 Trimble Juno SB GPS units are equipped with ESRI ArcPad 10 software. The units were purchased to support trail documentation and data contribution to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) CT State Trail Geodatabase.
Conservation–Agriculture Partner Support Program
A program to foster growth and support of our partner non-profits and education institutions, providing assistance and fiduciary management. The goal of the program includes collaboration to improve cost efficiency, fundraising, program management, cooperative grant applications, and financial administration. Recent Collaborations included working with UConn Extension toward a USDA grant application to promote access to agriculture and a Connecticut Farmer Market Association.
CT RC&D also works with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association CCAPA to promote programs to educate municipal land use staff, non-profit planners, and elected officials.
Connecticut’s Conservation Districts
CT RC&D and the Connecticut Conservation Districts have had a 50-year history of partnership and collaboration. The Connecticut Conservation Districts (CACD) Connecticut's Conservation Districts serve municipalities and residents by providing technical services and education. They work to promote conservation and environmental stewardship through a wide variety of educational programs and provide technical services to municipalities and citizens to achieve sound land use planning so as to preserve Connecticut’s fragile soil and water, forest and wildlife. A very popular CACD program, "Envirothon," promotes environmental awareness, knowledge, and active personal stewardship among Connecticut high school students through education and team competition.
Visit the CACD website to learn more.