EA Mill River Flood Mitigation and Habitat Corridor Extension, Stamford, Connecticut
The U.S. Department of the Interior's (Department) Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program (Program) supports projects that reduce communities' vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion, and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. The Program is funded by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 and is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
On June 16, 2014, the Department announced the award of 54 grants totaling $102.75 million. In addition, the grantees committed over $55 million in additional funding and in-kind contributions, for a total conservation investment of over $158 million. Grants were awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance, or create wetlands, beaches, and other natural systems to help better protect communities and to mitigate the impacts of future storms and naturally occurring events on fish and wildlife species and habitats. Projects are located in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each of these states officially declared a natural disaster as a result of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy storm event.
The Department, as lead Federal agency, and its project partner, the Mill River Collaborative, are proposing to complete the Mill River Flood Mitigation and Habitat Corridor Extension Project in Stamford, Connecticut, Federal Financial Assistance Grant Number: 42984 (Project). The Project would be Phase IIA of the "Mill River Restoration Project" (MRRP), a multi-year collaborative effort between the City of Stamford (City) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to restore the aquatic ecosystem and increase public access along the Mill River. Improvements include those on the western bank of the Mill River to improve recreation, improve the degraded aquatic ecosystem along the river and improve public access to this resource in the vicinity of the Project. The Project would also include analysis and filing of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) which would correct the boundary of the Special Flood Hazard Area along the Mill River.