The management framework for the Eightmile River watershed is based on a cooperative effort of all stakeholders to oversee the long-term protection of the watershed. An “Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee” was established after completion of the Study and as part of the designation process (see description below). This committee provides oversight and guidance in the implementation of the Eightmile Watershed Management Plan. The Committee works with and largely depend on landowners, town boards, commissions and their associated local communities, the state, user groups, and federal agencies to all have active roles in the implementation of the management plan and the protection of the outstanding resource values.
The strength of the Coordinating Committee lies in its broad base of membership (as detailed below) from the community as well as members representing non-governmental and state agencies.
The purpose of the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee, which is advisory, is to:
- Coordinate and champion implementation of the Watershed Management Plan.
- Bring the stakeholders in watershed management together on a regular and ongoing basis to facilitate continued cooperation and coordination.
- Provide a forum for all watershed interests to discuss and resolve watershed related issues.
- Monitor the outstanding resource values with respect to the degree they are protected, degraded or enhanced during implementation of the plan.
- Assist in securing additional funding to facilitate implementation of the watershed management plan
The following entities constitute the core voting membership of the ERWSCC. Each municipality has two representatives and one alternate, all other entities have one representative and one alternate. There can be no additional core members.
Additional detail on the Coordinating Committee can be found in the Watershed Management Plan Chapter 5.
- Anthony Irving – Town of Lyme
- Bernie Gillis – East Haddam/ Planning & Zoning
- David B. Bingham – Salem Land Trust
- Eric Belt – Town of Salem/ Inland Wetlands & Conservation Commission
- Eric Thomas – CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Management
- Anthony Griggs – Town of Salem
- Jamie Fosburgh – National Park Service
- Kim Barber-Bradley – Town of Salem and Inland Wetlands Commission
- Linda Bireley – Lyme Land Conservation Trust
- Richard Chyinski – Salem Land Trust
- Nathan M. Frohling – Lower CT River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
- Parker Lord – Town of Lyme
- Melvin Woody – Lyme Land Conservation Trust
- Mary Augustiny – Town of East Haddam and Inland Wetlands Commission
- Rob Smith- East Haddam Land Trust
- Paul Armond -Town of Lyme and Inland Wetlands Commission
- Susan Merrow – Town of East Haddam
- Elizabeth Robinson – Eightmile River Steward-The Nature Conservancy
- Patricia Young- Program Director
Project Review and Comment
Mission: To work with all watershed stakeholders to protect the Outstanding Resource Values of the Eightmile Watershed from degradation due to new and existing use projects.
Primary Duties: This committee will monitor, review and comment on development and land use applications and projects that may effect the ORV’s of the watershed.
Public Outreach and Education
Mission: To increase protection and long term stewardship of the Eightmile River Watershed by working with all watershed stakeholders to increase awareness of and involvement in the Outstanding Resource Values of the Eightmile River Watershed.
Primary Duties: To engage the public, including landowners, recreational users, towns and the state to be continually aware, involved and active in protecting and enhancing the outstanding resource values of the Eightmile River Watershed.
Monitoring and Research
Mission: 1) To monitor the Outstanding Resource Values of the watershed in order to determine the effectiveness of the management and to identify new or changing threats to the ORVs. 2) To increase scientific and social knowledge of the Eightmile River watershed in order to maintain a current and relevant Watershed Management Plan.
Primary Duties: Work with staff, volunteers and consulting entities to monitor outstanding resource values with respect to the degree they are protected, degraded or enhanced during implementation of the plan. Identify areas of need and implement new or continuing research as necessary to supplement the Committee’s current knowledge of the watershed.
Mission: To protect the Outstanding Resource Values of the Eightmile River Watershed by facilitating implementation and adoption of the Tier One and Tier Two Tools as recommended by the Watershed Management Plan.
Primary Duties: Work with all stakeholders to prioritize and implement the ORV protection tools recommended in the Watershed Management Plan.
The Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee now meets every other month on the fourth Monday from 5-7pm. Meeting locations rotate between East Haddam (Grange), Lyme (Town Hall) and Salem (Town Hall). Please contact us if you plan to attend a meeting – they are occasionally rescheduled or moved to a different location.
In the event of urgent or timely buisness, the committee may call special meetings from time to time. If you would like notice of these meetings, please contact us.
Map links to meeting locations: Salem Town Hall, East Haddam Grange, Lyme Town Hall
Tentative Meeting Schedule 2016 – 4th Monday every other month for Coordinating Committee
- January 23, 2017 – East Haddam Grange, 5pm
- March 27, 2017 – Salem Town Hall, 5pm
- May 22, 2017 – Lyme Town Hall, 5pm
- July 24, 2017 – East Haddam Grange, 5pm
- Sept. 25, 2017 – Salem Town Hall, 5pm
- Nov. 27, 2017 – Lyme Town Hall, 5pm
Please call 860.345-8700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify location prior to meeting.