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Posted on: January 5, 2012

[ARCHIVED] 1/5/2012 - Conservation Commission Seeking Interested Residents

The Town of Trumbull Conservation Commission is seeking local residents with interest and expertise in conservation and environmental protection to be appointed to two open commissioner seats.

One position was added recently under the approved Charter Revision process and the other seat was vacated by the term ending of Commissioner John Russell who was an original commission member since 2008 and the first Chairman of the commission. The new Commission will now have seven members appointed by the First Selectman

    The Conservation Commission meets once a month. It serves as a science based advisory board charged with study, protection and improvement of natural resources in the town. Since it’s formation in 2008 the Commission has been successful in developing:

•    Trumbull’s first Geographic Information System (GIS mapping), now available on the Trumbull Town Website,  

•    The Pequonnock River Watershed Plan in partnership with the Town of Monroe and the City of Bridgeport supported by Connecticut Fund for the Environment, DEEP and Fuss and O’Neil, including significant fund-sourcing.

•    Advisory recommendations to Trumbull’s regulatory land-use boards on the environmental impact of proposed land use changes.

•    A remediation plan and securing funding for the riveredge buffer along the Pequonnock in Old Mine Park in the recently dredged bridge area, to be installed this spring.

•    Support for successful approval of state streamflow regulations with our local state representatives.

Current projects underway include drafting a Tree/Landscape Preservation Ordinance to support the safety and sustainable health of our tree canopy as per the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development and the Pequonnock River Watershed Plan; as well as supporting a new community educational outreach initiative for Trumbull’s new Single Stream Recycling process. A start-up project this year will be the development of a GIS supported Natural Resource Inventory of all publicly and privately owned areas of woodland, wetland, and water bodies within the town borders. With one of the largest percentages of open space per capita, Trumbull has a wealth of natural resources that is evaluated, protected, and managed by the science-based support of the Conservation Commission.

The current members of the Conservation Commission, are an extraordinary group of local professionals comprised of environmental design architects, science teachers, masters in environmental science, environmental engineering, wildlife conservation, and landscape architects who volunteer their time and expertise to environmental protection within our town and region.  If you have interest in becoming a Conservation Commissioner please contact Chairwoman Mary Ellen Lemay at 375-9998 or email You can also call the First Selectman’s office at 452-5004.

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