State to hold bamboo training for municipal workers on Aug. 20

Municipal officials can learn more about a new state law overseeing bamboo plants at a training session next week.

Bamboo planted in the ground grows rapidly and often is sold as a privacy screen, but if not properly contained it can spread quickly to unwanted areas and damage neighboring properties.

Controlling or eradicating bamboo can be difficult and expensive, and issues with bamboo have caused problems between neighbors and led to land-use boards being pressed to get involved.

Property line setbacks established

The new state law establishes setbacks from property lines and containment requirements for those planting running bamboo, and requires retail sellers to provide information to people who purchase the plant, including methods to keep it contained.

Under the law, town zoning enforcement officers and other staff have authority to enforce the law’s provisions. The workshop is intended to provide information about this new law to municipal officials and address relevant enforcement and bamboo control questions they may have.

Open to those enforcing the law

The training session for city and town officials will take place Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 9:30 a.m.–noon at Milford City Hall auditorium, 110 River St., Milford. It will be conducted by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut.

Due to limited space and resources, attendance is limited to municipal staff who may be actually enforcing the law (or their representatives) and no more than five staffers per municipality. The law provides for enforcement by authorized:

— Zoning enforcement officers

— Inland wetlands and watercourses enforcement officers

— Municipal constables

— Municipal tree wardens

The event is free, but registration by Aug. 16 is needed to confirm that space is still available. Registration and additional information are available online at