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The Greenwich Conservation Commission is an advisory board set up under State Statute and local ordinance to assist the Town with planning and management of its natural and cultural resources.

*UPDATED June, 21 2021*

 Coastal Resiliency Assessment Plan 

Public Meetings


Part 1 (6/9/21) video and audio recording here.

Part 2 (6/16/21) video and audio recording here.


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Part 1: Present ConditionPart 2: Future Conditions
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Greenwich Municipal Impacts
  • Tidal Ponds Evaluation
  • Q&A
  • Greenwich Inundation Mapping
  • Assets and Critical Facilities
  • Actions
  • Q&A


About the project: Greenwich Coastal Resiliency Assessment and Plan

Greenwich engaged with the Princeton Hydro Team to assist in evaluating the Town’s public properties and infrastructure vulnerability from Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise scenarios. The project scope also included identifying threats to coastal areas serviced by on-site sewage disposal systems. The Team provided prioritized and recommended strategies to protect or upgrade town assets to increase resilience to coastal storm damage, flooding, and sea level rise; and engaged the Town of Greenwich on coastal resilience and ecological health. The project had an additional focus on the effects of tidal migration on the four Town owned tidal pond complexes: Binney Park Pond, Bruce Park Pond, Eagle pond, and Mill Pond. The outcome of the effort was the development of a Coastal Resiliency Assessment and Plan and Tidal Ponds Evaluation Report (both still in draft form).

The two public meeting sessions will focus on the findings of the evaluations and provide an opportunity for residents to gain a greater understanding of the challenges that the Town is confronting with Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise.


Project Team:


Princeton Hydro (Prime Consultant)

Princeton Hydro is a small business enterprise that was formed in 1998 with the specific mission of providing integrated ecological and engineering consulting services. Offering unparalleled expertise in natural resource management, water resources engineering, geotechnical design & investigation, watershed and lake management, and regulatory compliance, our staff provides a full suite of services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Our multidisciplinary team has the skill sets necessary to conduct highly comprehensive assessments; develop and design appropriate, sustainable solutions; and successfully bring those solutions to fruition.   https://princetonhydro.com/ 

BRS, Inc. 

BRS was formed in 2003 by its principals, Dr. Leah B. Yasenchak and Ms. Michele L. Christina. BRS’s single mission has been to assist its public sector clientele with the establishment and management of viable, aggressive programs that serve as the cornerstone for community revitalization.   BRS is a consulting firm that provides a unique coupling of planning, resiliency assessment, and public sector management with municipal redevelopment experience.  https://brsinc.com/ 

Ecopolitan, Inc. 

Ecopolitan Design combines landscape architecture with coastal adaptation and green infrastructure to study and adapt human settlements in response to pressing sustainability challenges. The firm focuses on coastal resiliency and climate change adaptation, urban design and green infrastructure, and ecological engineering with constructed nature. In the study and shaping of urban environments, we couple applied urban ecology with planning and built projects.


Questions before the meeting?  Email Patricia.Sesto@greenwichct.org

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The Conservation staff works daily and regularly attends meetings with:

  • Board of Selectmen's office
  • Health
  • Inland Wetlands
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Public Works
  • Planning and Zoning

Environmental Organizations the Commission Works With

Commission members and staff serve as liaisons to numerous local, regional, and state environmental organizations including:

  • Audubon Greenwich
  • Connecticut Envirothon Program
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Friends of Greenwich Point
  • Greenwich Land Trust
  • Greenwich Green and Clean
  • Land Conservation Coalition of Connecticut
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Mianus River Watershed Council
  • Soundwaters