Southwest Conservation District
Northern Research Station
51 Mill Pond Rd
Hamden, CT 06514
Conservation Districts provide many technical services to their towns and cities including site visits, site plan reviews and other on-site investigations. We specialize in soil erosion and sediment control plan review. We often assist municipalities with water quality, wetland and stormwater issues as well as associated environmental impacts.
ERT - Environmental Review Team
For large or complicated land use changes, your local Conservation District can help your town apply for an ERT Report prepared by a diverse team of experts statewide. This free service is funded in part by the Conservation Fund administered by the Connecticut DEP.
Education for Town Staff and Commission Members
Due to Connecticut’s system of home rule and the lack of any county or regional level of government, key land use decisions are made on the local level. This means that the volunteer members of Planning & Zoning, Inland Wetlands or Conservation Commissions play an important role in shaping the future landscape of their community.
We provide high quality technical training programs geared to municipal land use staff and commission members. It is our goal to provide these individuals who make the important land use decisions with the best information and tools possible.
As 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:
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.
Your local Conservation District is a valuable source of information and referrals on a wide range of environmental topics.
We are knowledgeable and well connected to the statewide network of federal, state and local environmental service providers. District staff can answer your question or refer you to the right agency. We can untangle the often complicated web of jargon and procedures to find answers for your environmental needs.
Your Conservation District office is a resource center offering USGS Topographical Maps and a variety of books, journals, pamphlets, fact sheets, videos and many free resources for the public.
Building on our agricultural roots, Conservation Districts serve agricultural farmers and landowners across Connecticut in many ways. We work to:
The Southwest Conservation District manure share program is a free, public service in concert with the Natural Resource Conservation Service to facilitate the recycling of valuable nutrients and organic matter from livestock waste. The program offers many benefits as a link between livestock owners and gardeners or professional landscapers!
By connecting these two groups we hope to alleviate the pressure and cost on livestock owners of disposing of excess manure/compost while also providing a valuable resource for the public to utilize. Of course, the environment also wins by reducing the usage of store bought fertilizers and potentially improving water quality near the manure sources by reducing excess material running off into local water sources.
If you are interested in taking part in this program please navigate to the page via the sidebar on the left under Services->Manure Share.