Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission Regulations

Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations (PDF) - Effective date August 15, 2015 (please allow sufficient time for the regulations to download)

These Regulations shall be known as the “Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations of the Town of Preston, Connecticut,” and are herein referred to as “these Regulations.” (Rev. 08/16/11; Eff. 09/06/11)

  • 1.2 These Regulations have been prepared and adopted in accordance with the provisions of 22a-36 and 22a-45 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, as authorized by ordinance of the Preston Town Meeting on February 11, 1988. (Rev. 08/16/11; Eff. 09/06/11)
  • 1.3 The preservation and protection of the wetlands and watercourses from random, unnecessary, undesirable and unregulated uses, disturbance or destruction, is in the public interest and is essential to the public health, welfare and safety. It is therefore, the purpose of these Regulations to protect the citizens of Preston by making provisions for the protection, preservation, maintenance and use of the inland wetlands and watercourses by minimizing their disturbance and pollution; maintaining and improving water quality in accordance with the highest standards set forth by Federal, State or Local authority; preventing damage from erosion, turbidity or siltation; preventing loss of fish and other beneficial aquatic organisms, wildlife and vegetation and the destruction of the natural habitats thereof; deterring and inhibiting the danger of flood and pollution; protecting the quality of wetlands and watercourses for their conservation, economic, aesthetic, recreational and other public and private uses and values; and protecting potable fresh water supplies from the dangers of drought, overdraft, pollution, misuse and mismanagement by providing an orderly process to balance the need for economic growth of the Town of Preston and the use of its land with the need to protect its environment and ecology in order to assure to the people of the Town of Preston, the safety of such natural enjoyment of generations yet unborn.
  • 1.4 The Commission finds that in order to properly protect the wetlands and watercourses located in the Town of Preston it is necessary to regulate activities which take place outside of the wetlands and watercourses that are likely to impact or affect the wetlands or watercourses (05/18/04)