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Public Meeting Scheduled for Dam Rehabilitation Project

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the project sponsor, is developing a rehabilitation plan for the multi-purpose flood control and wildlife reservoir dam located at Norwalk Site 2. The dam is located east of Danbury Road (Route 35) and southeast of Fox Hill Drive and the Fox Hill Condominiums in Fairfield County, in the Town of Ridgefield.

The dam does not meet current NRCS design criteria and performance standards and is eligible for the NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation Program. To qualify for partial funding for rehabilitation improvements through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (Public Law 83- 566), NRCS and DEEP must first develop a Supplemental Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment (EA) with input from stakeholders and the public. The plan evaluates the social, economic, and environmental impacts for each of the alternatives being considered including: No Federal Action, Decommissioning (dam removal), Structural Rehabilitation, and Non-structural Measures. Planning activities will determine the best rehabilitation alternative that meets both current Connecticut Dam Safety Regulations and NRCS planning policy, design criteria, and performance standards. Currently, planning activities and analyses suggest the best course of action for this site may be dam removal with selective local floodproofing. This alternative will be presented in detail.

You are invited to attend a public information meeting where your input is requested. The public meeting will be held to discuss and answer questions regarding the planning activities to-date, the various alternatives that were evaluated and analyzed, and the preferred alternative of dam removal that is currently being considered. The public will have another opportunity to review the Draft Plan-EA and provide input before the plan is finalized.

Meeting Date: February 27, 2020*

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Ridgefield Recreation Center (Charter Oak Room)
                195 Danbury Road
                Ridgefield, CT 06877

For additional information, contact Charles Lee with DEEP at (860) 424-3716. The location is accessible for persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made by February 10, 2020 to Kristin Walker with NRCS at (860) 871-4033.‚Äč


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


 *Snow date: March 12, 2020, 5:30 pm, same location (NOTE NEW DATE, PREVIOUSLY MARCH 5)