Eastern Connecticut Conservation District

The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) is a local not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the towns and citizens of Eastern Connecticut with their conservation needs. The creation of the ECCD is a result of the reorganization of Connecticut’s eight county-based soil and water Conservation Districts into five regional watershed areas: Northwest, Southwest, North Central, Connecticut River Coastal and Eastern.

The service area of the ECCD encompasses thirty-six municipalities covering Windham and New London counties and part of Tolland County. Our service area includes the towns of:

Andover, Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Scotland, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Windham and Woodstock.

The ECCD Fishcam at Hallville Dam is now live for the 2023 season.

ECCD Plant Sale Being Discontinued

Staff at Eastern Connecticut Conservation District has made the difficult decision to discontinue its annual plant sale. ECCD’s plant sale has been a hallmark event in eastern CT for many years, heralding the spring growing season and signaling the promise of warmer days ahead. As District staff has expanded its programs and increased the number of projects with which we are involved, our efforts and energy necessarily must be applied to our critical work of improving water quality in eastern CT. We thank all our customers and the many volunteers who made the plant sale a success.

ECCD Covid-19 Response

ECCD staff will continue to primarily work remotely from their homes. We are checking our voice mail periodically, but suggest email as the best means to reach us during this time.

Dan Mullins, Executive Director Dan.Mullins@comcast.net

Jean Pillo, Watershed Conservation Project Manager, Thames River Basin Partnership Coordinator and TLGV Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Coordinator Jean.PIllo@comcast.net

Maura Robie, Natural Resource Specialist Maura.Robie@comcast.net

Paul Burgess, Professional Engineer paullewisburgess@gmail.com

Heather Palardy, Conservation Technician Heather.Palardy@conservect.org

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LISFF ‘From Rain Gardens to Riparian Buffers: Pollinator Pathways for Healthy Water Project’

What can be better than improving water quality? Improving water quality AND helping out our declining pollinators with habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects!

ECCD is working to create and map one contiguous pollinator pathway on town, residential, business, learning centers and open space properties along the Tri-town multi-use recreational trail (City and Town of Groton, Ledyard, and Preston) and a second pathway from the City of Groton to the Town of Stonington following existing and creating new pollinator pathways (pollinator-pathway.org). ECCD staff is working with town conservation commissions, garden clubs, conservation groups and volunteers to plan and install 5,000 square feet of vegetated buffers along waterways and 20 rain gardens from 2022-2023. Installation of vegetated buffers along streams and coastal riparian corridors and installing bowl-shaped rain gardens using native plants will provide flood control, filter or trap pollutants and provide food and shelter for critical pollinator species along their migration routes.

Outreach and education is being conducted in the form of workshops and brochure distribution such as how to install riparian buffers, rain gardens and alternative landscaping practices and how these small changes can lead to a reduction of pollution entering Long Island Sound.

Installations primarily will be located where there is a great need to intercept stormwater runoff and connect nectar food sources. Recipients will be asked to encourage their neighbors to participate as a means to extend the contiguous pollinator pathways, rain gardens and riparian buffers into the future. Please check our social media sites and your local newspapers for information on upcoming workshops and workdays. Have a site you’d like us to consider? Contact Maura: maura.robie@comcast.net

  • Alternative Landscaping to benefit water quality workshop recording Here
  • Septic System Maintenance to benefit water quality workshop recording Here

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement LI-00A01075 to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.

Rain garden capturing rain from a parking lot

Quick Updates

Visit ECCD’s website for updates as they become available.
ECCD Job Postings

Eastern CT Conservation District is hiring for two staff positions:

Natural Resource Specialist (full-time) – click on link for more information

Community Engagement & Outreach Specialist – click on link for more information

ECCD Newsletter Going Digital

Eastern Connecticut Conservation District is transitioning to an electronic newsletter that will be distributed every 6 months through MailChimp. ECCD will not share or sell your email address. It will be used solely to distribute the newsletter and to keep you updated on District programs and opportunities. Below is a link to sign up for the newsletter, so sign up to receive our newsletter and stay informed about regional conservation initiatives in eastern CT.

Sign up for ECCD’s digital newsletter by clicking here.

ECCD Outlook Newsletter

Come Letterbox at MACS!

ECCD has placed letterboxes around our property, the Milo Appley Conservation Showcase (MACS), at the rear of 139 Wolf Den Road in Brooklyn, CT. Perfect for families, this self-guided activity will explore the different wildlife habitats found at MACS. MACS is open every day from dawn to dusk. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.  Be advised, due to the mild winter, ticks are especially prevalent this year.

Click here to download the Letterbox directions and trail map.

Hallville Fishway sets new record in the 2023 fish run.

The Hallville Fishway has been closed after a record breaking season. More than 6,000 alewife were observed passing by the fishcam window.

Visit our fish-cam to see the action.

Click on the Alewife to watch a YouTube Video recorded by Project Oceanology about the Hallville Fishway and ECCD’s other efforts to restore the historic fish run up Poquetanuck Brook towards Amos Lake.

StoryMap!

ECCD is pleased to share our new StoryMap, the Birds of the Milo Appley Conservation Showcase. In 2020, ECCD partnered with the Univ CT Natural Resource Conservation Academy’s Conservation Training Partnership program. ECCD joined two local high school students to conduct surveys of birds found at our property at 139 Wolf Den Road in Brooklyn. Read the StoryMap to see what we found!