Wednesday, September 9, 2015

O’Sullivan’s Island in Derby to get fishing pier

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The city has secured a $325,000 grant to build a fishing pier at O’Sullivan’s Island.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Connecticut Housatonic Natural Resource Trustee Council, according to a press release from Mayor Anita Dugatto.

Dugatto said although the pier was previously planned, the project was unable to be approved due to ongoing environmental issues at the site.

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), however, was able to secure the funding after conducting extensive analysis of the soils and groundwater. Based on those studies, NVCOG requested a report on potential public health risk from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH). Meg Harvey, epidemiologist with the CTDPH and author of the June 2015 Health Consultation for the site, concluded that, “the available site information indicates that the intended construction and engineering work can proceed as planned in a safe manner.”
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