Southwest Conservation District

Hamden office:
Northern Research Station
51 Mill Pond Rd
Hamden, CT 06514

Phone: 203-287-8179

Fax: 203-288-5077


Municipal AssistanceWatershed ManagementLocal ResidentsOpen Space & FarmlandManure Share Program

Photo Courtesy of USDA NRCSAs key partners with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Conservation Districts are involved in many on the ground projects statewide resulting in cleaner waterways. Many of these projects are funded in part by Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act, and address non-point source or agricultural pollution. Visit your local District to find out what’s happening in your watershed.

Conservation Districts also work closely with local Watershed, Lake or River Advocacy Groups. In partnership, they tackle many projects statewide in areas such as:

  • Assessment: State of the Watershed Reports
  • Watershed Planning
  • Monitoring River Health
  • Water Testing and Monitoring
  • Streambank Restoration
  • Storm Drain Labeling
  • Non-point source education for business owners
  • Control or Eradication of Invasive Aquatic Weeds

Districts also conduct public informational campaigns aimed at fostering a sense of land stewardship among local citizens. Each of us can do a lot for water quality by simple actions in our daily lives.

  • Place trash in covered containers
  • Prevent soil erosion
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Conserve water
  • Limit your use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Perform regular vehicle maintenance
  • Choose household cleaners thoughtfully
  • Have your septic system inspected annually
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