CONSERVING CONNECTICUT'S NATURAL RESOURCES
At its inception in 1969, CT RC&D’s Environmental Review Team program was originally developed to respond to the overwhelming number of residential subdivisions that were being approved without adequate consideration of the natural resources. At the time, assistance was given to towns who lacked adequate staff to perform technical reviews and environmental impacts.
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ERT Program Services
Today, an ERT review consists of a natural resources inventory report assembled with summaries written by a team of environmental professionals drawn together from a variety of federal, state, regional and local agencies, and private consultants. Team members vary for each review conducted based on the concerns and requests mentioned in the application.
How can the ERT help you?
The ERT review can provide information about:
The physical characteristics of the property
(geology, topography, soils, etc.)
The biological characteristics of the property
(wildlife, wetland functions, etc.)
Limitations and opportunities of the site
We offer a number of other services:
The Team can also review any plans, reports and supporting documentation submitted by the applicant. The final report contains recommendations to help improve the site or project. Additionally, the ERT program can provide technical assistance with grant writing for those who have already had an ERT to implement measures identified in the ERT, expert referral, or open space workshop facilitation for those who request it.
- soil testing, water testing or other laboratory services
- drainage calculations or detailed drainage plans
- soil erosion and sedimentation control plans
- wetland crossing plans
- septic system designs
The Connecticut Environmental Review Team does not make final decisions for town officials or land owners, the reports are non-regulatory, advisory in nature, and public information. It is up to the requesting agency as to how they will use the information provided by the ERT.