Grant: $1,575,260 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Jul. 1, 2009
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Award Description: Replacement of 3 existing tide gates with self-regulating structures will open 5.8 river miles to fish passage and restore 50 acres of tidal marsh on the West River system. At the Bride Brook site, failing culverts will be replaced with a box culvert to restore 58 acres of marsh and enhance access to 3 river miles and 6 acres of lake habitat. Twenty acres of dunes will be enhanced through planting. This project also has public safety benefits.
Project Description: The first project is the Bride Brook (East Lyme, CT) culvert replacement, consisting of the construction of an open channel and a large box culvert. The existing culvert is collapsing, endangering the second largest run of river herring in Connecticut and also causing damage to the adjoining salt marsh. The second project is the West River (New Haven, CT) self-regulating tide gate project, which replaces one-way flapper gates built in the early 1990s. The flappers constrict tidal flushing into the river, leaving a degraded marsh system within the West River Memorial Park, an urbanized section of New Haven. Activities: Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) entered an agreement with the CT Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the sub-recipient, on 8/17/09 for the Bride Brook project. In August the DEP distributed a request for proposal, received 8 bids and awarded the project to Schumack Engineered Construction on 9/14/09. On 9/11, CFE led a group of 34 volunteers who helped transplant dune grass prior to construction. Construction started on 9/28/09 with the clearing of the site and haul road. CFE contracted with Woods Hole Group on 9/28 for consulting services. On 8/20/09 representatives from CFE, the City of New Haven and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) toured the West River restoration site. CFE contracted with Milone & MacBroom, Inc. on 9/25 for consulting services for the permitting and construction documents phase of the West River restoration project. The 90% construction design documents are under review by NOAA and the City. In September, the Office of Long Island Sound programs determined that a structures, dredging and fill permit will be required. CFE built a West River neighborhood database and organized a West River cleanup, scheduled for 10/10/09. On 9/30, CFE met with the Barnard Environmental Magnet School to plan winter programs focused on the West River project.
Jobs Summary: Environment, conservation and wildlife organizations (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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