March 16, 2016
Special Notice: In 2016, one of CTRC&D’s signature programs, the “Environmental Review Team” (ERT) will be undergoing significant program updates to promote efficient use of available funding. There are several goals associated with the transformation of the ERT program which include:
- maintaining and increasing sources of revenue for the program,
improved accessibility, consolidation, and information available on website (s)
-improved delivery schedule for ERT reports, and
-creating an ERT geospatial database for ease of information transfer
Over the last two years, CTRC&D’s almost 50 year-old ERT Program has experience significant changes and milestones; staffing, accessibility to volunteers for Environmental Review Teams, and funding sustainability.
With the departure of 30 year veteran ERT Program Coordinator, Elaine Sych in September 2015, available staffing has been constrained and new requests for ERTs have not been processed to account for these changes. CTRC&D wants to ensure that approved ERT requests are completed in a timely manner. Over the next year, CTRC&D will evaluate options for improving and expanding the ERT program and report delivery.
CTRC&D recently hired its first Executive Director, Jeanne Davies, AICP, who will be working with CTRC&D board and staff in the coming months to restore momentum on currently approved ERT requests. CTRC&D will potentially expand service, promote user friendly upgrades to the website, and create new partnerships within the conservation and agriculture community. Throughout the coming year, CTRC&D will continue to evaluate new ERT requests. Approved and pending ERTs will be completed by October 2016. Please note, there will be a limited by number of ERT requests approved until December 2016. We thank you for your patience as we work to improve the ERT program. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Davies @ 860-345-3977.