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Inland Wetland and Natural Resources




Fax 203.889.3172 Wetlands Information and Resources

1019 Main Street Branford, CT 06405

Wetland Law and Regulation
E-Mail Documents and Forms
Hours of Operation 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday 2014 Inland Wetland Commission Schedule
Department Head Diana Ross  

     The Town of Branford Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission was established in 1974 to carry out the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes [CGS] Sections 22a-36 though 22a-45, which required the establishment of regulations and the formation of a commission that would implement those regulations in order to protect watercourses and inland wetlands from damage or destruction. The commission is comprised of ten volunteers (7 regular members and 3 alternates) appointed by the Board of Selectmen.   


The Inland Wetlands & Natural Resources Department serves as administrative and technical support for the Inland Wetlands Commission.  Staff administers and assures compliance with the Town of Branford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations and provide the public with guidance and information regarding inland wetland permitting, protection, and enhancement.

 Inland Wetlands

The Department also serves as a resource to various Town departments, staff, committees, commissions, and the public by providing information and guidance relative to natural resource protection, invasive vegetation management, native landscaping, storm water management, and habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement.


 The Department strives to meet its responsibilities as stated in Section 22a-36 of the CGS, to provide “an orderly process to balance the need for the economic growth of the state and the use of its land with the need to protect its environment and ecology in order to forever guarantee to the people of the state, the safety of such natural resources for their benefit and enjoyment and for the benefit and enjoyment of generations yet unborn.”


“The inland wetlands and watercourses of the state of Connecticut are an indispensable and irreplaceable but fragile natural resource with which the citizens of the state have been endowed. …The preservation and protection of the wetlands and watercourses from random, unnecessary, undesirable and unregulated uses, disturbance or destruction is in the public interest and is essential to the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the state”.  (Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-36).  

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