Section 7-131a of the Connecticut General Statutes enables towns and cities in Connecticut to establish a Conservation Commission "for the development, conservation, supervision and regulation of natural resources, including water resources within its territorial limits." While the role of a Conservation Commission is advisory, one of its most significant assignments is its role in reviewing pending land use applications and reporting to planning and zoning and inland wetland commissions concerning those applications. It is also responsible for preparing an inventory of natural resources which should act as a baseline for a town's preservation and conservation policies.

The Representative Town Meeting established the present Branford Conservation and Environment Commission in 1992 by enacting Ordinances 21-1 through 21-7 of the Branford Code which superseded a former chapter which was adopted in 1964. In addition to the duties set forth by state statute, the Code charges the Conservation with investigating pollution, including alleged violations of clean air and clean water standards, and advising the Board of Selectmen and the RTM about environmental matters concerning the Town of Branford.

It is the goal of the Branford Conservation and Environment Commission to fulfill its role as established by state statute and town ordinance with diligence and openness. Individuals who are interested in helping us to fulfill our mission are invited to contact any member of the Conservation Commission.