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5/6/2019 - Mill River Wateshed Management Plan - Request for Public Comment - May 6th, 2019

Town of Fairfield is seeking in input from the public and interested parties regarding the draft of Mill River Watershed Management Plan that was funded by a grant provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program. Under Section 319, states receive grant funds that support a wide variety of activities including; technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects and monitoring to assess the success of specific nonpoint source implementation projects.

The Mill River Watershed Management Plan, or WMP, is primarily intended to provide a path to improve water quality throughout the watershed, including the river itself, the tributary network of various streams and brooks, and the many lakes, ponds, and reservoirs found within its watershed. The document follows the requirements for the Environmental Protection Agency’s watershed based plans (WBP) that addresses nine specific elements. This type of plan therefore covers a wide range of topics including identification of water quality problems, determining the cause of those problems, identifying measures to correct the problems, securing the technical and financial assistance to implement the plan, and developing criteria, schedules, and a monitoring program to track progress.

Written comments regarding the plan will be received until June 10, 2019 and can be sent directly to Brian Carey (bcarey@fairfieldct.org) and Christiana Pollock (cpollack@princetonhydro.com).

An electronic copy of the plan can be found here.