August 12, 2014

Save the Sound completes Plainville asphalt project

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HBJ File Photo
Save the Sound is working on cleaning up Connecticut watersheds in order to protect Long Island Sound, which has many access points in Connecticut, including the Port of New Haven.

Connecticut environmental advocate Save the Sound completed work on a 4,000-square-foot porous pavement this month, preventing rainfall from entering the stormwater management system.

The porous asphalt will allow 400,000 gallons of rainfall annual to infiltrate the ground and replenish the aquifer, rather than running off into the stormwater system.

The effort is part of Save the Sound's Quinnipiac River Groundwater Recharge Project, designed to recharge the local aquifer using green infrastructure after groundwater contamination from the Old Southington landfill rendered millions of gallons of water undrinkable.

The pavement project is part of an agreement reached between the responsible parties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, which is Save the Sound's parent nonprofit.

Other Save the Sound initiatives funded under the project include installation of nine rain gardens at homes in Southington. A final project at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Wallingford will round out the initiative later this summer.

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