Winter/Spring 2017 –
Park Watershed continues implementation of the North Branch Park River Watershed-based plan. This includes working with a team of seniors from the UConn Environmental Engineering program who are preparing site specific recommendations for the repair of an erosion channel caused by stormwater runoff from three parking lots. Repair of the erosion channel follows the installation of 3 bio-retention basins that capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff from parking lots that negatively impact water quality in the North Branch.
Project updates will be posted as available. If you are interested in learning more about the specific details of this project work, contact Mary Pelletier.
The North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan concluded in July 31, 2010. The approved final document resides with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, along with other watershed management plans and documents on the Ct DEEP website. For the details of the process, see the North Park Plan project website.
The plan is a comprehensive, yet practical planning document for the protection and restoration of water resources in the North Branch Park River watershed. The plan characterizes the watershed conditions, identify, investigate, and address the current and emerging issues facing the watershed, and have the clear potential to affect on-the-ground change within the watershed.
The watershed management plan development followed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ‘Nine Element’ planning process guidance for the development of watershed-based plans. The guidance outlines nine key elements that establish the structure of the plan, including specific goals, objectives, and strategies to protect and restore water quality; methods to build and strengthen working partnerships; a dual focus on addressing existing problems and preventing new ones; a strategy for implementing the plan; and a feedback loop to evaluate progress and revise the plan as necessary. This approach will enable implementation projects under this plan to be considered for funding under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
The project team, led by Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., included the Farmington River Watershed Association, the Park River Watershed Revitalization Initiative, and New England Environmental, Inc. The North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan was developed in cooperation with the CT DEEP, other governmental entities, stakeholder groups, and the general public. For more information about the planning process, and project documents, see the North Park Plan project website.