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6/20/2016 - Public Informational Session for Riverside Drive Coastal Resiliency Planning Grant

First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that the Town of Fairfield will host a Public Informational Session regarding the Riverside Drive Coastal Resiliency Planning Grant on Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00 pm in Seminar Room 295 A&B at the Board of Education Administrative Offices, 501 Kings Hwy East, Fairfield.

Any member of the public is encouraged to attend this meeting to hear the progress that has been made in the design of potential coastal resiliency measures that can be implemented along the Riverside Drive Corridor to prevent flooding from future coastal storms. The Town of Fairfield Flood and Erosion Control Board are assisting in the project.

During this meeting, representatives from Milone and Macbroom, Inc., the firm that has been conducting the technical planning, will present information regarding work that has been completed to date and will look to solicit feedback from interested parties. A short question and answer period will follow the presentation by the consultants. This will be the first of two meetings that will be held jointly by Milone and Macbroom, Inc. and the Town of Fairfield to solicit comments from interested individuals.

The planning project, which involves no Town funds, is being fully funded by a $200,000 Community Development Block Disaster Recovery Grant (CDBG-DR) that was awarded to the Town by the Connecticut Department of Housing in September 2015. The scope of work associated with the grant is primarily focused on evaluation of flood protection options such as flood walls, berms, dikes, and dune ridges that may be used to prevent flooding from Ash Creek and Long Island Sound. The scope of work also includes evaluation of other resiliency options such as elevating homes, maintaining access and egress, and making utilities more resilient in the area of Riverside Drive. Milone and Macbroom, Inc. and the Town of Fairfield hope to complete the planning and design process by December 2016.

Anyone interested in obtaining further information or providing input may do so by contacting Brian Carey, Conservation Director, at 203-256-3071 or at bcarey@fairfieldct.org.

The caption shows Conservation Director Brian Carey and First Selectman Mike Tetreau.