Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Agency

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Email:
weo@townofdurhamct.org
Primary Contact:
Joseph Carta, Wetlands Enforcement Officer
Durham
,
CT
06422
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About Inland Wetlands & Water Courses Agency

 On August 27, 1973, the voters of the Town of Durham approved and adopted the "Town ordinance for an Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency." Authority also provided by the Town Charter, Section 6-19. 

In September of 1973 members of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency were appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Agency held its first meeting on October 9, 1973. Informational Guidelines This Agency has the responsibility of regulating and preserving the wetlands and watercourses in the Town of Durham. Its function is to help the residents and property owners in the town minimize the impact on an irreplaceable and fragile natural resource, the wetlands. Any proposed construction activity on any property within a radius of 100 feet from any wetlands or watercourse must be evaluated by the Agency. Monthly meetings are held in the library meeting room on the second Monday of every month. 

Duties: 

  • Protect the citizens of Durham by making provisions for the protection, preservation and maintenance and use of the inland wetlands and water courses by minimizing their disturbance and pollution
  • Maintaining and improving water quality in accordance with the highest standards set by Federal, State or Local authority 
  • Prevent damage from erosion, turbidity or siltation
  • Prevent loss of fish and other beneficial aquatic organisms, wildlife and vegetation and the destruction of natural habitats 
  • Deterr and inhibit the danger of flood and pollution
  • Protect the quality of wetlands and water courses for their conservation, economic, aesthetic, recreational and other public and private uses and values
  • Protect the Town's potable fresh water supplies from the dangers of drought, overdraft, pollution, misuse and mismanagement 

There are three types of deliberations: 

  1.  A Review: This is an informal discussion between the members of the Agency and the applicant concerning any activity that is proposed anywhere within 100 feet of the wetlands. The applicant should bring all information available so that the Agency can determine whether a formal application is necessary, what additional information is needed and whether or not a site visit is appropriate. Reviews are also performed under certain circumstances as a requirement for Planning and Zoning. 
  2. Application for Permit: This is a formal discussion. A submission of all information necessary for the Agency to make a decision and determine whether the proposed activity will have a significant impact on the wetlands in the area or adjacent to the area is required. There may be prudent alternatives. The regulations and application forms are available at the Town Hall Building Department. 
  3. Public Hearings: Held when the activity may have a significance impact on the wetlands or the public interest would be served by allowing any interested parties to testify concerning the activity and allowing their input to be used in the decision making process. Any applicant should familiarize themselves with the regulations, application forms and fee schedule. Help is available in the Town Hall Building Department.

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Staff

Joseph Carta
Dem
Rep
Ind
UNA
Deputy ZEO, Wetlands Enforcement Officer
Term:
-
Robin Newton
Dem
Rep
Ind
UNA
Town Planner ZEO
Term:
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Members

Seven members appointed by Board of Selectmen to three year staggered terms
Frank DeFelice
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Chairman
Term:
-
Dec 2024
Philip S. Augur
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Vice Chair
Term:
-
Dec 2024
Mark Laudano
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Dec 2023
-
Dec 2026
Christopher Balay
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Dec 2023
-
Dec 2026
Gene Riotte
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Dec 2023
-
Dec 2026
Mike Dahlheimer
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
-
Dec 2025
Chris Meisenkothen
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Secretary
Term:
-
Dec 2025

Alternate Members

Three alternates appointed by Board of Selectmen to three year staggered terms
Jim Martinelli
Democrat
Rep
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Dec 2023
-
Dec 2026
Gary Sheldon
Democrat
Rep
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Dec 2022
-
Dec 2025
Noah Ventola
Democrat
Rep
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
-
Dec 2025

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