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CT: DEP: $2.7 Million Available for Grants to Restore Quinnipiac River Groundwater Resources

Applications Due on May 26

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
today announced that approximately $2.7 million in settlement funds
are available for projects to help preserve or acquire groundwater
resources in the Quinnipiac River Basin. The settlement money is
from a case involving natural resources damage at the Old
Southington Landfill Federal Superfund Site.

The DEP was represented by the Office of the Attorney General in
the negotiations that led to this settlement. “In the enforcement
of environmental protection laws, it is critical that we also seek,
where appropriate, damages for the loss of our precious natural
resources,” said Attorney General George Jepsen. “The damages
recovered in this case will be used to replace a source of drinking
water lost by the pollution from the Old Southington Land Fill and
to ensure the availability of water for future use,” he said.
Assistant Attorneys General John M. Looney and Lori DiBella
negotiated the settlement.

“We will put the funds from this settlement to good use to
acquire and preserve additional groundwater resources,” said Betsey
Wingfield Chief of DEP’s Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse.
“There is nothing more important than having clean water to drink
and healthy rivers and streams – and even in a water-rich state
such as Connecticut we need to be constantly vigilant in protecting
the quality and quantity of this resource now and in the
future.”

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requesting
competitive grant proposals from non-profit, local, and municipal
entities to devise and implement a plan for the replacement or
acquisition of equivalent resources in the watershed. Eligible
projects must be located with the Quinnipiac River Regional Basin
in Connecticut, and successful applications will demonstrate that
the proposed project will replace or acquire an equivalent
groundwater resource. An opportunity for public comment on these
competitive project proposals will be provided following the
completion of the DEP technical review of eligible
applications.

The Old Southington Landfill Federal Superfund Site is an
approximately twelve-acre former municipal landfill in Southington.
The site was a municipal landfill in use from approximately 1920
until 1967. Different portions of the landfill were used for
disposal of municipal, commercial and industrial waste materials,
as well as wood and construction debris. Cleanup at this site will
proceed as outlined in a September 2006 Environmental Protection
Agency decision. The funding results from an enforcement action
under federal law with the Commissioner of DEP acting in the
capacity of the state’s natural resources trustee.

For a copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), visit the DEP web
page at: www.ct.gov/dep and select the link to the Quinnipiac River
Ground Water Restoration Projects or contact Kate Hughes Brown, at
(860) 424-3652 or by email at kate.brown@ct.gov. Proposals must be
received by 4:00 P.M. on Thursday May 26, 2011 and should be
submitted to DEP, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, 79 Elm
Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.

 

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