CAWS started in 1997 with a few wetland scientists who wanted to have an organization to promote the science and advancements of wetland research in Connecticut.  They met, discussed topics, came up with a name, established Bylaws and held its first meeting.  Annual meetings have been held ever since.  The Annual Meetings are a forum for the exchange of ideas and information of current topics.   This year's meeting was attended by nearly 200 people.

Since 1997 we have:

  • Created a Vernal Pool Monitoring program to help understand how pool-breeding amphibians respond to varying levels of development,

  • Created a Water Quality Database which is a searchable database of nearly 30,000 records from over 250 waterbodies throughout the state,

  • We award two annual $1,000 grants,

  • Organized numerous field events and talks, and

  • Held Annual Meetings to desseminate current research, regulatory changes and general information on wetland science.

CAWS counts on volunteers to keep it running.  If you would like to help, please contact us at  wetlands@ctwetlands.org.