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Public Meeting Scheduled Regarding Great Swamp Dam Rehabilitation Project

 

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are hosting a second public meeting to discuss rehabilitation planning efforts of Norwalk River Dam No. 2 (known locally as the Great Swamp Dam) in Ridgefield. The session will be held January 29, 2020, at the Ridgefield Recreation Center (Charter Oak Room), 195 Danbury Road, at 6:30 PM.  

 

The Great Swamp Dam and flood pool area offers flood protection and wetland/wildlife enhancement to residents of Fairfield County and the Town of Ridgefield. The state and federal agencies collaborated on a rehabilitation study in order to determine the best course of action to rehabilitate the dam so it meets current safety, performance, and design criteria. The study, which began in late 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by August of this year, has evaluated several options, including: No Federal Action, Decommissioning (dam removal), Structural Rehabilitation, and Non-Structural Measures. Federal funding has been received to assist the local sponsors in developing the plan, but has not yet been secured for the design or construction of the project. 

 

The public meeting will be a chance for DEEP and NRCS staff and others to provide information on up-to-date activities and various rehabilitation alternatives. Ample time will be provided to seek public input, as well as to answer questions/concerns before a plan is finalized.

 

DEEP and NRCS will be more than happy to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure all persons with disabilities are able to participate. Should you wish to attend and require special accommodations, please contact NRCS’ Kristin Walker at (860) 871-4033 or kristin.walker@usda.gov by January 22, 2019. 

 

Additional information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.