CACIWC (Middletown, CT)


  • Name:Andrea Beaudin

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CACIWC
  • Address:27 Washington St.
    Middletown, CT 06457
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:8609223025

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  • Mission:
  • The Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions (CACIWC) provides education and information to the volunteers and staff that carry out the responsibilities of Connecticut’s municipal Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions. These municipal commissions are comprised of volunteers; their charge, per state statute, is to advise localities as to the development, conservation, supervision and regulation of natural resources, including water resources, within a locality’s territorial limits. The association represents over 300 local and county conservation, inland wetlands, and land use commissions in the state. CACIWC’s mission is “To promote the statutory responsibilities of Connecticut Conservation Commissions and Inland Wetland Commissions and to foster environmental quality through education and through the conservation and protection of wetlands and other natural resources.”

    The state of Connecticut contains vital yet endangered habitats, ranging from inland wetlands to farmland to mountains to the terminus of the 407-mile Connecticut River as it feeds into the Long Island Sound. The health and sustenance of these habitats affect not only the state, but the environmental well-being of the region as a whole. Since we are within a highly industrialized and densely populated area of the Northeast, we recognize the importance of development for the region’s economic viability, and our purpose is to ensure that such development is conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.

    As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, CACIWC's goals are to provide timely information as to upcoming legislation and issues affecting Connecticut’s environmental health, to educate all of the municipal Conservation and Inland Wetland Commissions in Connecticut, to establish Conservation Commissions in towns where they do not exist, to provide coordination and assistance in carrying out the purposes of Conservation and Inland Wetland Commissions, and to educate Connecticut citizens in the preservation and management of natural resources.

    Our educational initiatives include environmental publications to help commissioners to assess development proposals that come before their town; workshops and conferences to guide commissioners in navigating land use legislation, GPS, and technical data; and teaching the public about ways to avoid or control invasive plants, insects, and wildlife.

  • History:
  • In 1960, the first New England Conference on Conservation was held at Harvard Business school; its theme: “Solving Your Town’s Natural Resource Problems.” As a result of this conference, Ward E. Duffy, editor of the Hartford Times, began a grass-roots effort in Connecticut to establish town conservation commissions. His—and many others’—efforts were rewarded in 1961 when legislation was passed supporting the establishment of conservation commissions (though not establishing such commissions per se) within each town’s regulatory and advisory structure. By 1975, 152 of Connecticut’s 169 towns had separate conservation commissions.

    In 1964, the Connecticut Association of Conservation Commissions (CACC) was formed. CACC helped educate the new conservation commissioners and provided a means of communication among them through workshops and seminars, hands-on practice by conducting field investigations of land use areas, circulation of movies and literature, and a newsletter, Connecticut's Environment. The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources printed this newsletter and the chief of the department's Soil and Water Conservation Division, Joseph Ward, also served as secretary-treasurer of CACC. This dual role enabled a close connection between the department, the local commissions, and their statewide organization.

    In 1974 CACC, recognizing the need for expanded education and information services, reconstituted itself as the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions (CACIWC), the name it currently holds, and began publishing a quarterly newsletter called The Habitat. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continued its support by financing the publication and distribution of The Habitat. In 1993 budgetary constraints forced DEP to discontinue this practice, a position still in effect. Today, The Habitat reaches over 2,000 members, town officials, and affiliated business people (such as environmental engineers).

    In 1998, CACIWC responded to conservation commission and municipal requests for assistance by publishing the Handbook for Connecticut Conservation Commissions, A Guide to the Principles and Practices of Local Environmental Administration in Connecticut. At the same time, CACIWC began efforts to promote and establish separate conservation and inland wetlands commissions in all of Connecticut’s 169 towns. Joint conservation and inland wetlands commissions are preoccupied by their inland wetlands regulatory responsibilities and have little time for conservation commission duties. By 1993, only 138 of the 169 Connecticut towns had a conservation commission; 81 of these were separate (59%), and 57 were joint conservation and inland wetlands commissions. By 2001, 144 towns had a conservation commission; however only 74 (51%) were separate and active conservation commissions, while 70 were joint conservation and inland wetlands commissions. As of 2010, 138 of the 169 Connecticut towns have a conservation commission; while these numbers are slightly lower than that of a decade before, 102 of those commissions (74%) are separate and active—a 138% increase from 2001. CACIWC continues to work to increase the number of separate conservation and inland wetlands commissions across the state.
    Since 2001, CACIWC has held a day-long educational conference in conjunction with its annual meeting. The 2010 conference offered sessions ranging from “Wetlands Law in 2010: Case Law, Legislative and Regulatory Update” to “Riparian Corridors: New Research, Restoration, and Protection Initiatives.” One of CACIWC’s largest and most ambitious undertakings, the conference continually affirms our commitment to environmental stewardship through education and empowerment.

    CACIWC continues to support such efforts with direct assistance to towns and promotion of the need for separate conservation commissions.

  • Year established:1974
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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