U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service requests public comment on an Environmental Assessment and
Finding of No Significant Impact for the Springborn Dam removal project located on the Scantic River in Enfield, Connecticut
July 13, 2016 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Springborn Dam removal project located on the Scantic River in Enfield, Connecticut. The Proposed Action involves removal of the timber crib, the masonry Dam structure, and accumulated sediment to restore the river channel. The purpose of the project is to reduce flooding risk for local communities, eliminate a public safety risk associated with an obsolete dam in poor condition, restore migratory and resident fish passage to upstream waters and to remove contaminated sediment from the Scantic River.
An EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act to evaluate the impacts of the project on the human environment, including natural and cultural resources, and provide an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the project. The EA analyzes the potential impacts of four alternatives on the human environment. These alternatives include a No Action Alternative, the Proposed Action (preferred alternative), and two additional action alternatives.
Printed copies of the EA are available for review at the Enfield Central Library, 104 Middle Road, Enfield, CT and can be accessed online below. Comments will be accepted through July 31st, 2016 and can be sent to the Supervisor, New England Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 70 Commercial Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03301. Telephone: (603) 223-2541, Fax: (603) 223-0104 or email at Suzanne_Paton@fws.gov.
Springborn Dam Final Environmental Assessment (PDF-1.25MB)
Springborn Dam Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF-242KB)