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Inland Wetlands/Conservation Commissions

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission (IWWC) was established by an Ordinance adopted March 5, 1979, dissolved August 21, 1984, and reconstituted on January 5, 1987.

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourse Commission enforces all provisions of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act pursuant to Section 22a-36 to 22a-45, inclusive of the Connecticut General Statutes as amended. 

  • Provides reports /recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission for all subdivisions and re-subdivisions
  • Issues approval/permits for regulated activities or denials for regulated activities 
  • Considers requested amendments to the regulations
  • Resolves issues relative to violations
  • Provides determinations for uses termed “As of Right”

The Commission is responsible for reviewing applications, which may impact a wetland or watercourse. The purpose of the Commission’s regulations is to minimize or prevent disturbance and pollution of the Town’s inland wetlands and watercourses, including its bogs, swamps, and marshes, as well as its lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

To view IWWC's 2023 meeting schedule, click here.

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission (IWWC) is an eight member Commission consisting of five (5) regular members and three (3) alternate members.

Current Members Term
JOSEPH FAINER (R) Chairman JAN. 21, 2022 - JAN. 20, 2027
ANTHONY SAMELA (U) Vice-Chairman JAN. 21, 2023 - JAN. 20, 2028
CLAUDE MISEREZ (R) Secretary JAN. 21, 2021 - JAN. 20, 2026
TANYA GALPIN (U) JAN. 21, 2020 - JAN. 20, 2025
SUSAN PIERPONT (U) JAN. 21, 2019 - JAN. 20, 2024
RICHARD CHANDON (D) JAN. 21, 2022 -  JAN. 20, 2025
VACANCY JAN. 21, 2021 – JAN. 20, 2024
NATHAN VIEIRA (R)  JAN. 21, 2023 – JAN. 20, 2026
Conservation Sub-Committee

Anyone considering undertaking a regulated activity should contact the Wetlands Enforcement Officer for information and requirements pertaining to any activities involving inland wetlands or watercourses.

Stacey Sefcik, Wetland Enforcement Officer (860) 283-8411 x3
Laura Fitch, Administrative Assistant (860) 283-8411 x1

The Commission meets at 7:00 P.M.  the fourth Wednesday of each month in Thomaston Town Hall, Fourth Level, Meeting Room # 1, 158 Main St., Thomaston, CT.

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