Natural Resource Conservation & Management


To fully evaluate land use and development activities in order to minimize environmental impact and to protect and enhance natural resources through open space preservation. A primary component of this objective includes improvement of surface and subsurface water quality.

Conservation Activities to Date Include:

  • Completed the 2007-2017 Plan of Conservation and Development which sets guidelines for development practices to protect the Town’s natural resources and the environment. More Info
  • Land use proposals are reviewed to create environments that encourage healthy living choices.
    Glastonbury Grown Fruits
  • Updated and widely distributed “Glastonbury Grown” brochure to encourage purchase of locally grown products. More Info
  • Purchased over 1,500 acres of land for Municipal use and open space preservation since 1988. More Info
  • Updated the Town’s Aquifer Protection Regulations to further protect water sources utilized by drinking water wells in Town.  More Info
  • Continued establishment of conservation easements as part of development proposal review and permitting processes.
  • Upgrading the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Facility to remove nitrogen and replace chlorine gas with ultra violet light for disinfection. Effluent water quality to the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound will be improved. $ More Info
  • Glastonbury High School Synthetic Turf Football FieldInstalled a synthetic turf field at Glastonbury High School, eliminating the need to water, mow, and fertilize while maximizing the amount of play that can occur.
  • Developed Storm Water Management Plans for Town-owned industrial sites to improve the quality of storm water discharges.
  • Developed Spill Prevention and Counter Measure Plans for Town facilities containing above ground fuel storage tanks which outline measures to be taken to prevent or minimize impacts to receiving waters in the event of an accidental spill.
  • Continued use of Integrated Pest Management principles in the care of turf areas to reduce water consumption and minimize use of herbicides and pesticides.
  • Purchase fertilizers that do not contain phosphorus to protect both surface waters and groundwater, as dictated by soil tests.
  • Utilize mulching mowers to recycle grass clippings into the soil to increase organic content and make efficient use of nitrogen.
  • Pond at JB Williams ParkDeveloped a Forest Stewardship Plan to guide the natural resource management of the 161-acre J. B. Williams Park property.
  • In partnership with Glastonbury Partners in Planting, Inc., implemented a demonstration project, “Battling Bittersweet,” to increase public awareness of the problems associated with the widespread infiltration of non-native plants. The volunteer work day was held at a three-acre demonstration plot in the Riverfront Park on September 28, 2013.  More Info

Water Conservation

Water conservation, the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary usage, is essential as fresh, clean water is a limited resource. Glastonbury, through our Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), emphasizes the importance of conserving this natural resource through policies related to aquifer protection and wetlands and watercourse preservation. Aquifers are essential drinking water sources for areas of Town not serviced by public water. The town has longstanding policies in the POCD pursuant to aquifer protection and has had zoning regulations in place since 1996 for the protection of groundwater. Wetlands and Watercourses ande also essential to the environment and help recharge and purify groundwater. To supplement these policies, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency works to protect this valuable resource through the land use decision-making process.

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports that a typical shower uses 25 gallons of water and normal dish washing uses 30 gallons!* With day-to-day activities having such a significant impact on water use, it’s imperative that we each do our part to conserve water whenever possible. There are many simple ways to reduce water usage in your home and business, including the following:

  • Turn water off while shaving or brushing your teeth
  • Take short showers and fill the tub halfway when bathing small children
  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets promptly 
  • Wash and peel fruits & vegetables using a bowl of water rather than running the faucet
  • Fill your dishwasher/laundry machine completely rather than running small loads
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Avoid watering on windy days and when rain is in the forecast. You can also keep your lawn length a little longer to avoid the need to water more frequently.
  • Sweep your driveway / garage to remove debris rather than using a hose

For a more comprehensive list of water conservation tips and resources, please view "Tips for Conserving Water" on the CT DEEP website.

Interested residents can also view the State Water Status here.

*Source: “Water Saving Options”,

 $ = Includes Supplemental Funding (i.e. grants, rebates, incentives, etc.)

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