Fairfield Secures Grant to Conduct Drainage Study and Improve Resiliency
The Town has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to conduct a drainage study of the downtown area to explore opportunities to reduce flooding risks and to improve resiliency through use of green technology. The study will examine whether use of porous pavers, green roofs and other approaches will appreciably lessen storm water run-off and the effects of major rain events. The Town has retained consulting engineering firm, Milone & MacBroom, to work with the Town’s Engineering Department to perform this work. As part of the initial data collection phase, Milone & MacBroom will be collecting this month soil samples at various locations throughout the downtown using a geoprobe, pictured below. Most of this work will be taking place within the public right of way; though several locations are on private property for which the Town has secured an access agreement. The study is expected to be completed by mid-summer.
The Town is also undertaking a project to add additional detention capacity in Sherman Green through a $300,000 grant obtained by the Town through the State’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP). That work is also expected to be completed later this year.