The town’s conservation director will be the featured speaker at the 49th annual meeting of the Mill River Wetland Committee on Feb. 23 at the Fairfield Public Library.

Brian Carey, who last spring took over the post from the longtime director, Thomas Steinke, will deliver the keynote remarks at the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the library’s main branch, Old Post and Post roads. The program is free.

Carey will discuss “the roles and functions of the Conservation Department and how the department has an impact on everyday life for Fairfield residents,” according to the committee.

Before being hired in Fairfield, Carey was the conservation superintendent for the town of Stratford for seven years. In that town, he was instrumental in the 35-acre Long Beach West barrier beach restoration project, which was awarded the Coastal America Partnership Award by President Barack Obama.

The Mill River Wetland Committee, founded in 1967, established the River-Lab Program for students in third through sixth grades in Fairfield public and parochial schools.

The group has been among the community groups pressing for removal of lead and other contaminants deposited in the Mill River by manufacturing along the lower river banks.

For information about the committee, visit riverlab.org or contact Roberta Clark at river-lab@juno.com or 203-259-1847.