DEEP: Training for Inland Wetlands Agencies

Training for Municipal Inland Wetlands Agencies
The Municipal Inland Wetlands Agency Comprehensive Training Program 
The comprehensive training program consists of an online course. A DEEP certificate of program completion is awarded upon course accomplishment. The course fulfills the training requirement for duly authorized agents pursuant to CGS section 22a-42a(c)(2), and fulfills the statutory requirement pursuant to CGS section 22a-42(d) that at least one member of the inland wetlands agency or staff of the agency be a person who has completed the comprehensive training program. 
2019 Course Information UPDATE: In 2017 The Municipal Inland Wetlands Agency Comprehensive Training Program online course was temporarily closed for redesign and improvement. This initiative continued through 2018. The online course was expected to re-open in early summer 2019. Course activation is delayed and is anticipated for mid- or late September. An announcement will be mailed to all municipal inland wetlands agencies and posted on this web page.
Continuing Education Workshops
Continuing education workshops provide municipal inland wetlands agency members and staff the opportunity to complement their knowledge with additional training. These workshops consist of annual legal and administrative updates; and technical, field oriented classes. Continuing education program announcements are mailed to every municipal inland wetlands agency as workshops are scheduled. 
Workshop Handouts:  Presentation outlines and training material from 2013 through present can be viewed by year on the Continuing Education Workshops page. 
Archived Training Material
Prior to 2013, training was offered to municipal inland wetlands agencies in a three-segment format.  Presentation outlines and training material from these workshops can be found using the following
Segment 1, 2, or 3 links.   
Please note: due to the age of the material a presentation outline or training handout may contain a line item that references a dated administrative procedure or statutory section. Overall, the information is relevant and is being provided for educational and transparency purposes.  
Segment 1:  Tailored for new agency members and staff, this program provided an introductory curriculum to assist in the implementation of the Connecticut Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act. The content in this segment was repeated annually.
Segment 2:  Recommended for all agency members and staff, this segment provided annual case law, administrative and resource updates. Presentations and background materials are organized by year.
Segment 3:  Designed for agency staff and experienced agency members, this segment explored specialized technical topics with both classroom presentation and a field component. Topics changed on an annual basis. Presentations and background materials are organized by year.
Three award winning videos have been produced to complement workshops and training materials. 
Introduction - Connecticut's Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act: This interactive video introduces the law and examines municipal inland wetlands agency responsibilities such as conducting meetings and public hearings, making the record and timelines for applications.
Map & Site Plan Review: This humorous video takes an imaginative journey with new inland wetlands agency member Harvey Windsor as he learns to navigate various maps and site plans.
The Functions and Values of Wetlands and Watercourses>: This stunning video provides a visual exploration of the functions and values of wetlands and watercourses, focusing on the key areas of hydrology, ecology and land use.
The preferred browser for viewing the videos is Internet Explorer (use Windows Media Player to view WMV files, this is typically the default player in IE) or Firefox (WMV files can be played in Firefox with the Windows Media plugin). Google Chrome will not automatically play WMV files. You will need to download and install a media player or plugin that will stream the WMV files. You may also find success by clicking on the "Larger View using Windows Media Player" link on the left side of each video chapter page. In addition, WMV files will not automatically play in Mac products.  There are a number of programs that will play WMV on Mac that can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. You can also convert WMV to MOV and then the MOV files can be opened using the QuickTime Player.
The three videos are available as DVDs while supplies last. If you are unable to view the links above, or prefer a DVD, please contact the Inland Wetlands Management Program at (860) 424-3019. You may request one, two or all three DVDs.  There is no cost.
Newsletter for Municipal Inland Wetlands Agencies
An e-Newsletter offering guidance and articles on a variety of municipal inland wetlands agency administrative, statutory and management issues can be viewed on the DEEP's newsletters and magazines web page
Annual Training Reports
2009 Training Report (not available at this time)
Content updated on August 14, 2019.