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 Commission is an eight (8)member Commission consisting of five (5) regular members and three (3) alternate members.
|JOSEPH FAINER (R) Chairman
||JAN. 21, 2017 - JAN. 20, 2022
|ANTHONY SAMELA (U) Vice-Chairman
||JAN. 21, 2018 - JAN. 20, 2023
|RICHARD JENNINGS (U)
||JAN. 21, 2015 - JAN. 20, 2020
|LAURA FITCH (R) Secretary
||JAN. 21, 2014 - JAN. 20, 2019
|CLAUDE MISEREZ (R)
||JAN. 21, 2016 - JAN. 20, 2021
|SUSAN PIERPONT (U)
||JAN. 21, 2015 - JAN. 20, 2018
||JAN. 21, 2017 – JAN. 20, 2020
||JAN. 21, 2016 – JAN. 20, 2019
|LAURA FITCH (R), Chair
|TONY SAMELA (U)
The Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in Thomaston Town Hall, 4th Level Meeting Room # 1, 158 Main St., Thomaston, CT.
For the 2020 meeting schedule click here
For the Conservation Commission 2020 schedule click here
To view meeting agendas and minutes click here
The 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 and local Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations. The IWWC also:
- Reviews permit applications for any activities requiring a permit under local regulations and Connecticut General Statutes,
- Provides reports/recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission for all subdivisions and re-subdivisions,
- Determines required action to resolve violations of regulations. View the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Citation Ordinance ,
- Conducts jurisdictional reviews to determine if an activity requires a permit or is for uses termed “As of Right” or “Non-Regulated”,
- Considers requested amendments to the regulations or the wetlands map.
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. All activities proposed to be conducted within a wetland or watercourse or within one-hundred (100) feet (the “upland review area”) require permits. Inland Wetlands and Watercourse locations may only be determined by a Connecticut Certified Soil Scientist.
Anyone considering undertaking a potential regulated activity should contact the Wetlands Enforcement Officer for information and requirements pertaining to any activities involving inland wetlands or watercourses.
To view the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations click here.
(These are for reference only. They are not intended to be part of the regulations.)
Applications & Fees:
IWWC Agent Approval Application
Owner Authorization form
Land Use Administrator/Wetland Enforcement Officer
Pat Santa Maria
Monday - Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 noon