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Cleanup Work Moves Forward Along Fairfield's Mill River

Barry Culp, senior project Manager for TRC, shows Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau the clarifiers at the cleanup site.
Barry Culp, senior project Manager for TRC, shows Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau the clarifiers at the cleanup site. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Over the next several weeks, Fairfield residents will see increased activity on the Mill River in preparation for upcoming dredging work, First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced.

TRC, the engineering firm that will be conducting the cleanup work, will begin deploying boats, barges, dredging equipment and other equipment into the Mill River adjacent to Exide Group Inc.’s property.

As part of the in-water preparations, TRC has installed floating turbidity meters (yellow buoys with solar panels) to collect background water quality data. The barge-mounted dredge will be moved upstream and positioned in Area V, which is the northern-most section of the Mill River site.

Turbidity curtains and a discharge pipeline will also be installed. When dredging is completed for the season, the equipment will be removed from the river and stored at Exide’s property.

Here is a brief summary of the in-water preparation activities that the public may see in the next few weeks:

Week of Oct. 6 to 10

• Turbidity curtains will be installed in Area V

Week of Oct. 13 to 17

• Oct. 14: A public informational meeting on Mill River Cleanup will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Board of Education Conference Room, 501 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, 2nd floor

• Oct. 15: Dredging begins in Area V

If you have any questions or comments, contact Rich Chandler at richardchandler@ccaengineering.com or 203-815-3141.

The Connectucut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has project information on its website here and also has a fact sheet, which can found here .

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