District Vision

Provide technical assistance and environmental education to promote sound natural resource management utilizing a watershed approach.

Primary Activities

  1. Promote best management practices and implement projects to reduce pollution.
  2. Research land use and water quality to develop management plans.
  3. Engage residents and towns to raise awareness of natural resource concerns and present workshops on natural resource topics.
  4. Assist town land use commissions with environmental reviews of development plans and provide technical assistance to residents.
  5. Conduct projects that demonstrate or test new conservation methods.

Dan Mullins, Executive Director

Dan brings with him more than a decade of experience spearheading a project in Willimantic to restore the Willimantic River and its migratory fish, while creating an urban whitewater facility for recreational boating. While at the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, Dan studied environmental law, interning at Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE), Trout Unlimited and the University Of Connecticut Office Of Environmental Policy. Dan served on UConn’s Water and Wastewater Advisory Committee and on the Board of Trustees of Joshua’s Trust. Dan can be reached at our Norwich office at 860-319-8808.

Maura Robie, Natural Resource Specialist

Maura has decades of experience in natural resource conservation including municipal inland wetlands regulation, land stewardship support, research and environmental education. She is the Watershed Coordinator for the Baker Cove Watershed Committee in Groton, assists NRCS with conservation planning for farms and procures funding for grant projects addressing non-point source pollution. Maura can be reached at maura.robie@comcast.net or 860-319-8807.

Paul Burgess, P.E.  Environmental Engineer

Paul has Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering, which focused on water quality and water resources course work, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in CT. He has over 35 years of experience in environmental engineering and consulting. At ECCD, he works on storm water, erosion control and water resources projects.


Heather Pala

Heather Palardy, Conservation Technician

Heather has an AS degree in Environmental Engineering working towards her Bachelor’s in Ocean Engineering. Living her whole life by the ocean, freshwater ponds, rivers, and lakes she has a passion for conservation, education, and an understanding of all types of aquatic systems. Heather has a landscaping experience that will be put to good use installing rain gardens, planning riparian buffers and with urban agriculture initiatives. Heather’s office is at the USDA Service Center located at 238 West Town Street in Norwich, CT. You can reach Heather at Heather.Palardy@conservect.org.


Chair, Sherwood Raymond, Norwich

Vice Chair, William Jorsz, Baltic

Treasurer, Paul Shaffer, Norwich

Secretary, Leonora Szruba, Lisbon


Susan Manning, Griswold

Cathy Osten, Sprague

Charlie Hobbs, Ledyard

Matt Peckham, Woodstock

Lydia Pan, Mystic

Gwen Haaland, Ashford

Cindy Wright-Jones, Pomfret Center


Laura Hopkins, Stonington

The Board of Directors meets once a month.

Eastern Conservation District Conservation Awards

At its Annual Meeting held via ZOOM, ECCD was pleased to recognize these individuals or organizations that contributed to our mission.

Award CategoryReceived ByDescription
Special Project Support AwardPeter O’DonnellFor his help in generating complex maps needed as part of the Little River Watershed Based Plan update.
Communications Workhorse AwardBailey ComeauAssistance with communications and outreach
Watershed Workhorse AwardJean Hixson and Karen Butts
Black Swallow-wort Eradication Team and participation with TLGV WQM E. Coli trackdown .
Milo Appley Conservation Showcase Special Conservation Award 

Meaghan Rondeau and Meaghan Strange

For planning, acquiring and planting pollinator plants on the District land.


Brooklyn office
Eastern Connecticut Conservation District
139 Wolf Den Road Brooklyn, CT 06234
860-774-9600 x 13

Norwich office:
Eastern Connecticut Conservation District
238 West Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360