Officials Concerned Over Connecticut River Erosion
June 27, 2013
Middletown Press: As the Army Corps of Engineers moves to reinforce a section of [Connecticut River] riverbank that separates river water from a major [Middletown, CT] city well field, environmentalists have expressed concerns about the changing ecology of that section of the river.
Soil erosion caused by the natural flow of the Connecticut River has cut into the bank near the John S. Roth Memorial Well Field, from which about 70 percent of Middletown’s drinking water originates. The state Department of Health requires a 50’ setback between the river and any wells, and the land barrier is now much smaller than the required length in several places.
The bank in question runs along a section of River Road between Eastern Drive and Silver Street.
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