One of the key recommendations of the Niantic River Watershed Protection Plan is to support an establishment of a sustainable watershed board. To that end, the four municipal chief elected officials signed a Watershed Compact in March 2011, affirming their commitment to the protection of water quality in the Niantic River. With the support and assistance of the four participating municipalities, representatives from each town were appointed and the Niantic River Watershed Board of Directors convened on October 26, 2011. The Board consists of representatives from East Lyme, Montville, Salem and Waterford, including the East Lyme Harbor Management Commission and the Waterford-East Lyme Shellfish Commission.
Our mission is:
To restore and preserve the Niantic River Watershed through inter-municipal cooperation and the sound development of land use practices that mitigate pollution of the watershed, and that support all uses including shellfishing, fishing, swimming, boating, habitat, and drinking water supplies.
The responsibilities of the Watershed Board of Directors includes planning, directing and evaluating the activities of the NRWC work groups as they implement the recommendations of the watershed management plan. The Board of Directors maintains a Plan of Work, which identifies implementation goals, and proposes activities which can be undertaken to meet those goals. Click here to review the 2015-2016 NRWC Plan of Work.
The Board of Directors meets at 6 PM on the first Thursday of each month at the East Lyme Town Hall, located at 108 Pennsylvania Avenue in Niantic. The 2016 and 2017 meeting dates are listed below. Agendas and minutes can be obtained from the Town of East Lyme website at Niantic River Watershed Committee.
January 7, 2016 January 5, 2017
February 4, 2016 February 2, 2017
March 3, 2016 March 2, 2017
April 7, 2016 April 6, 2017
May 5, 2016 May 4, 2017
June 2, 2016 June 1, 2017
July 7, 2016 July 6, 2017
August 4, 2016 August 3, 2017
September 1, 2016 September 7, 2017
October 6, 2016 October 5, 2017
November 3, 2016 November 2, 2017
December 1, 2016 December 7, 2017
Our meeting are open to the public, and we encourage you to join us if you would like to learn more about our projects and activities within the watershed. If you are interested in attending a meeting or becoming a member of our partnership, please contact Judy Rondeau, at 860-774-9600, extension 13, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.