GI/LS Projects

Projects

CIRCA has directly supported projects focused on the planning or implementation of Green Infrastructure and Living Shorelines applications at a local or regional scale across the State of Connecticut. The reports, documents, and presentations pertaining to these project can provide site-specific information valuable to communities considering these forms of erosion control alternatives. Many of the projects listed were funded through the CIRCA Municipal Grants or Matching Fund programs.

Fenwick

Fenwick – Hepburn Dune and Marsh Preservation Project

The Hepburn Dune and Marsh Preservation Project implements living shoreline strategies at a site on the coast of Long Island Sound, located just east of the Katherine Hepburn Estate in the Old Saybrook Borough of Fenwick.

Fenwick

Hartford – Green Infrastructure Specialist for a More Resilient and Sustainable Future

The City of Hartford received grant assistance from CIRCA to hire a Green Infrastructure Specialist for 12 months.  This position will assist the City of Hartford with its rigorous, comprehensive climate resiliency effort – the Climate Stewardship Initiative (CSI) – which aims to improve quality of life through environmental stewardship, while advancing the economy, improving public health, and promoting social equity.

Fenwick

MetroCOG – Beardsley Zoo Green Infrastructure Project

The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Government’s (MetroCOG) Beardsley Zoo Green Infrastructure Project is a highly visible green infrastructure retrofit at the zoo located along the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport.

Fenwick

MetroCOG – Designing Resilience: Living Shorelines for Bridgeport

The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG), in partnership with the City of Bridgeport and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is developing preliminary, semi-final and final design plans for a living shoreline project at Bridgeport’s West Johnson Creek.

Fenwick

Milford – Developing and Implementing a Restoration and Management Plan to Combat Threats and Challenges to Coastal Dune Resiliency in Urban Landscapes

With 17.5 miles of coast, the City of Milford has the longest shoreline in Connecticut. This coastline was severely impacted in both storms Irene and Sandy. To address storm impacts, the city proposed restoring a degraded dune in a high-traffic area and developing a plan for post-restoration dune management.

Fenwick

NHCOG – Building Municipal Resilience and Climate Adaptation through Low Impact Development

With flooding, erosion, and sedimentation becoming an increasing concern for Northwest Connecticut towns, the Northwest Conservation District supported by Northwest Hills Council of Governments staff, coordinated the creation of a Low Impact Sustainable Development (LISD) Design Manual.

Fenwick

Norwalk Land Trust – The Village Creek Saltmarsh Restoration Demonstration

With flooding, erosion, and sedimentation becoming an increasing concern for Northwest Connecticut towns, the Northwest Conservation District supported by Northwest Hills Council of Governments staff, coordinated the creation of a Low Impact Sustainable Development (LISD) Design Manual.

Fenwick

Stratford Point: Stratford Point Living Shoreline Project

Project Partners including Sacred Heart University, UCONN, and CIRCA are working on a living shoreline project at Stratford Point, Fairfield County, Connecticut. The Living Shoreline consists of an artificial reef, smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) marsh, high marsh, coastal dune and upland woody/grassland mosaics.On-going coastal restoration, monitoring, and research at the site are providing data and information supporting investigation into the design and performance of living shoreline applications.