Tag Archives: Environment

Zoning Strategy. Riparian Corridor Protections

WestCOG is pleased to release a report titled “The Case for Riparian Corridor Protections: Zoning Strategies to Reduce Pollution of Inland Waters and Resultant Hypoxia of Long Island Sound.”

Public Act 21-29 (passed in June 2021) expands the responsibility of zoning commissions in protecting the water quality of Long Island Sound from 24 coastal municipalities to all 169 municipalities of the state.

This report provides history protecting riparian corridors along with model regulations for implementing Public Act 21-29.

Learn more on WestCOG’s Zoning Strategies Webpage or reach out to Francis Pickering, Executive Director at WestCOG.

REMINDER: 2020-2030 WESTERN CONNECTICUT POCD PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGS

The Draft 2020-2030 Western Connecticut Regional Plan of Conservation and Development is now available for public comment. Join us at one of our Public Information Meetings to learn more about the plan, ask questions and provide feedback.

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PUBLIC COMMENT REQUESTED FOR 2020-2030 WESTERN CONNECTICUT POCD

The Draft 2020-2030 Western Connecticut Regional Plan of Conservation and Development is now available for public comment.  You can find the plan and more information on the Plan of Conservation and Development webpage or at plan.westcog.org

Join us at one of our Public Information Meetings to learn more about the plan, ask questions and provide feedback.  The presentation will be the same at either location. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 7pm-8pm
Greenwich Audubon Center
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831

and

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 7pm-8pm
Highstead
127 Lonetown Road
West Redding, CT 06896
*Follow the signs to “The Barn”, approximately a ½ mile long driveway

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POLSKI: W przypadku pomocy językowej lub innej pomocy, skontaktuj się z WestCOG co najmniej pięć dni roboczych przed wydarzeniem w help@westcog.org

Launch of Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT, a new statewide initiative to support Connecticut’s cities and towns, will have a regional launch event on January 9th, at the Comstock Community Center in Wilton, in collaboration with the Western Council of Governments, at 1:00 p.m.  Created by towns for towns, the initiative includes a wide-ranging menu of sustainability best practices, tools and resources, peer learning, and recognition. Continue reading Launch of Sustainable CT

MS4 Stormwater

Municipal Stormwater Support

For the latest in Storm water Municipal Support head to UConn NEMO’s MS4 Support Page.

Stormwater Inventory Mapping

WestCOG performed a pilot stormwater inventory project for the town of Bethel. The approach uses low cost approach and field technicians using a tape measurer, flashlight, smartphone, and a WestCOG custom app to collect stormwater inventory data.

Contact Tucker Beckett to inquire about resources and employing practices within your community at tbeckett@westcog.org.

Stormwater Listerv

Get on the listserv to learn the latest on MS4 issues or to collect answers yourself.

Stormwater Mapping Data

GIS Data useful for stormwater mapping can be found on WestCOG’s data page. Datasets include impervious cover, watersheds, and catchment locations.

30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD UNDERWAY

Regarding their regional transportation plans and transportation capital improvement programs, the Housatonic Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (HVMPO) and the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (SWRMPO) are required to submit Air Quality Conformity Statements to the US Federal Highway Administration and to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue reading 30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD UNDERWAY

WestCOG Partners with the Governor’s Council on Climate Change

WestCOG is pleased to partner with the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) in coordinating a series of stakeholder engagement events this year.  This first stakeholder meeting provides the opportunity to learn about and offer feedback on the technologies and measures that will be modeled in the Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP). This widely-used software tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment will help us understand the GHG reduction potential of various measures and technologies (and combinations thereof).
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