The wetland project is designed as part of CL&P’s Middletown-Norwalk (M-N) upgrade and was included in an integrated environmental plan covering the 69-mile path of the transmission line project.
The new wetland and surrounding buffer areas include more than five acres in total. Once complete, the wetland will be a year-round visual attraction in the park. CL&P will monitor and maintain this area until it is established as a viable self-sustaining wetland habitat.
The first phase is scheduled to begin this fall and will involve excavation to create a shallow depression, removal of bordering invasive plant species, grading of a finished soil surface, and seeding to establish a winter cover for the project area. The second phase will begin next spring and include installation of a perimeter split-rail fence and installation of native wetland shrubs and trees.
The Eisenhower Park location was chosen because it is close to the Wepawaug River, adjacent wetlands and flood plain, and because of existing soil and ground water characteristics. The restoration will benefit the disturbed nature of the existing landscape. Approvals for this wetland creation plan were obtained from the City of Milford and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
For more information on the M-N transmission line project, call the M-N hotline at 866-643-6679 or visit www.middletown-norwalk.com.
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