Conservation Commission

Michael Prisloe, Chairman
Margot Burns                                     Theodore Taigen
Richard Holloway                              Lisa Wahle
Margaret N.W. Wilson                      Patrick Woomer

 

This commission consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The commission’s responsibilities include development and maintenance of an open space inventory for the town, which was completed last year. The commission may also inventory and study the town’s natural resources and make recommendations to other town boards, commissions, and officials concerning the conservation and best uses of these resources.

 Tree Mortality in Eastern CT: A Preliminary Report This is a report by Thomas E. Worthley, Associate Extension Professor, UConn Extension, on the recent widespread deaths of oak trees due to drought and defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars.  Click on the report’s title to read it or to download a copy.

 

 

 

 

Protecting Chester’s Water Resources and Water Quality

Chester is fortunate to have many valuable water resources (Cedar Lake, Pattaconk Brook, Waterhouse Pond and the CT River among others) that have played an important role in the town’s history and development and that continue to provide critical natural habitats and recreational opportunities. Protecting these waters from pollution, especially polluted stormwater, is a high priority.

The town is required under CT state law to proactively work to mitigate stormwater pollution. Stormwater pollution is caused when rain or water from snow melt picks up contaminates from roads and parking lots (sand, salt, oils, metals, etc.), lawns and gardens (fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, pathogens from pet waste, etc.), construction sites (eroded soil), failing septic systems (pathogens), agriculture (fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc.) and carries these pollutants to water bodies.

As residents, we all can do things to lessen stormwater pollution. The links below provide quick access to some information about things you can do to help protect Chester’s water resources.

An Energy Plan for Chester

A quick update – a Conservation Commission subcommittee, with interested volunteer members having expertise in energy conservation and renewable energy, has been working to develop a comprehensive energy plan for Chester. The goal is to develop a framework to help the town and residents save energy and where possible use renewable energy. We hope to have the plan completed by early spring.

Here’s a link to an excellent Home Energy Resource Guide that may be of interest. We’ll continue to post material here as we discover it.

 

Agendas / Meetings

November 1, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

October 4, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

September 6, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

August 2, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

July 11, 2018 Special Meeting Agenda|Minutes

July 5, 2018 Agenda  Minutes

June 7, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

 May 3, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

April 5, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

March 8, 2018 Agenda

March 1, 2018 Cancellation

February 1, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

January 4, 2018 Agenda|Cancellation

December 7 2017 Agenda|Minutes

November 2, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

October 5, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

September 7, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

August 3, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

July 6, 2017 Agenda Minutes

June 1, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

May 4, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

April 6, 2017 Agenda|

March 1, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

February 2, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

January 5, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

December 14 2016 Special Meeting Agenda|Minutes

December 7, 2016 Cancellation

November 2, 2016 Cancellation

October 4, 2016 Agenda\Minutes

September 7, 2016 Agenda|Minutes

August 3, 2016 Minutes
July 6, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
June 1, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
May 4, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
April 6, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
March 2, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
February 3, 2016 Revised Cancellation
February 3, 2016 Cancellation

2015

January 6, 2016 Agenda|Minutes, December 2, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, November 4, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, October 7 2015 Agenda|Minutes, September 2, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, August 5, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, July 1, 2015 Agenda|Cancellation, June 3, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, May 6, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, April 1, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, March 4, 2015 Agenda, February 4, 2015 Cancellation, January 7, 2015 Agenda|Minutes

2014

December 3, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, November 5, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, October 1, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, September 3, 2014 Agenda|Minutes , August 6, 2014 Cancelled, July 2, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, June 4 2014 Agenda|Minutes, May 7, 2014 Agenda|Cancellation, April 2, 2014 Agenda, March 5, 2014 Agenda | Minutes, February 5, 2014 Agenda|Minutes|Corrected Minutes, January 8, 2014 Agenda\ , Minutes

2013

December 4, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, November 6, 2013 Agenda, October 2, 2013 Agenda, August 7, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, July 3, 2013 AgendaMinutes, June 5, 2013 Agenda, May 1, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, April 3, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, March 6, 2013 Agenda|Minutes, February 6 CANCELLED

2012

Agenda 120512|Minutes, November 7 CANCELLED, October 3, 2012 Agenda|Minutes, Sept. 5, 2012 Cancellation, Agenda | August 01, 2012, July 11, 2012, June 06, 2012, May 02, 2012, April 03, 2012, February 01, 2012