Herring May Delay Dredging of Mill River, CT

MinutemanNewsCenter: There’s no doubt that everyone wants to get the lead out of the Mill River [in Westport, Connecticut], but, as Chairman of the Conservation Commission, Kevin Gumpper, said, “We don’t want to get rid of the lead and be left with a biologic dead zone.”

When the Commission met on Thursday, January 17, in Sullivan Independence Hall, they agreed to send a letter listing their concerns to Daniel Esty, head of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Everyone agrees with Exide that the bottom of the river will be dredged, the sediment hauled onshore to the 6-acre Exide site, and the water will be separated from the sediment, cleaned and put back into the river. However, the devil is in the details. If done for too many hours at one time, if done without monitoring the toxicity, or during spawning season, there could be that “biologic dead zone.”

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