DEEP eyes migratory fish habitat improvement in Seymour

Seymour’s Tingue Dam is among the projects the state DEEP is considering for improvement. The state has earmarked funds to potentially improve upstream access for migratory fish.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have unveiled a proposal to use about $2 million from the 1999 Housatonic River settlement to fund seven projects to increase fish habitat and restore marshes. The public is invited to learn more about the proposal on Feb. 19 at 7 pm at Kent Town Hall.
Seymour’s Tingue Dam on the Naugatuck River is one of the projects under consideration. The funds could be used to build a bypass channel around the dam, facilitating the movement of migratory fish upriver.
A Draft Amendment detailing the seven projects is available on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website at and on the Environmental Protection Agency’s GE/Housatonic River site website at  A paper copy is available to review at DEEP Eastern District Headquarters, 209 Hebron Road, Marlborough.
The public will have until March 11, 2013 to submit written comments. Comments should be sent to Robin Adamcewicz, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Eastern District Head quarters, 209 Hebron Road, Marlborough, CT 06447, or emailed to
“We’ve enjoyed remarkable success restoring natural resources and providing new recreational opportunities in the Housatonic watershed in Connecticut, and we are gratified to have the opportunity to fund additional projects that will further accomplish these goals,” said Rick Jacobson, DEEP Wildlife Division Director and Natural Resource Trustee SubCouncil member.
Funding comes from a 1999 settlement with General Electric that included $7.75 million for projects in Connecticut aimed at restoring, rehabilitating or acquiring the equivalent of the natural resources and recreational uses of the Housatonic River that were injured by the release of PCBs from the GE facility in Pittsfield, Mass. Settlement funds grew to more than $9 million in an interest-bearing fund.
The allocation of these funds is the responsibility of the Natural Resource Trustee SubCouncil for Connecticut, which is composed of the natural resource trustees from the State of Connecticut and the federal Department of the Interior, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Department of Commerce, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The original restoration plan, released in July 2009, awarded funding for 27 projects including about $2.8 million for riparian and floodplain natural resources, $2.6 million for recreational use of natural resources, and $1.7 million for aquatic natural resources.

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