Please Join the Online Public Hearing
Regarding Proposed Plans to Raise the Grupes Reservoir Dam in New Canaan, Cut Down Over 400 Native Trees and Shrubs, and Add a Wall Along the Silvermine River
September 29, 3PM
Zoom Link Here: https://ctdeep.zoom.us/j/91282249776
Written Comments will be accepted until the close of business on October 6, 2020. Written comments may be submitted by mail to the address below or by e-mail to the hearing officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed plans to repair and raise the Grupes Reservoir Dam in New Canaan include removing over 400 native trees and shrubs along 1500 feet of riverbank in order to build a series of walls and berms along the eastern riverbank. The First Taxing District of Norwalk water company provides drinking water to Norwalk and a small section of New Canaan from the 4 dams and reservoirs it operates along the Silvermine River. The dams begin at the river’s source in Lewisboro, NY and end at the Grupes Dam along Valley Road, just adjacent to the New Canaan Land Trust’s Browne Wildlife Sanctuary.
NRWA and the New Canaan Land Trust are concerned that the potential negative environmental effects of removing the vegetation from the riverbank and disconnecting the wetlands of Browne Sanctuary from the Silvermine River have not been included for review in the proposed permit application for the work that was submitted to the Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The dam, built in 1871, is in need of repair. NRWA appreciates the importance of the dam safety issues involved, but argues that a full review of the plan to wall off the eastern bank of the river should be required. We, and many of you, have petitioned to have this public hearing, so that we may make a case for the addition of this review to the application. There are feasible alternative plans that repair the dam, protect the homes below the dam from potential flooding, and spare the riverbank and the beautiful, pristine wetlands that have been protected by the Land Trust since the 1960s.
Please join us on Zoom here: https://ctdeep.zoom.us/j/91282249776. The hearing will be held by DEEP and the public will be invited to submit comment afterwards. We need your voices.
Pictured here, the banks of the reservoir, an arial view of 1.5 acres of riverbank forest that would be lost under the plan, and one of the native shrubs (wild buttonbush) that will be lost if the current plans are implemented.