Upcoming Projects

Latimer Brook Stormwater Infiltration Project

The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District has received funding to install stormwater infiltrators at the East Lyme High School. In partnership with NRWC,  the East Lyme School Board and the Department of Public Works, ECCD will install stormwater infiltrators in a parking lot at the high school. Currently, stormwater from the school’s many parking lots is collected by the on-site storm drain network and discharged to Latimer Brook. The stormwater infiltrators will collect over 1 million gallons of stormwater per year from a 1.1 acre parking lot and allow it to soak into deep sand layers (called stratified drift) under the high school property. The infiltrators will replace three traditional storm drains and will be connected to the existing storm drain network so that during very large storms stormwater will be safely conveyed away from the parking lot. This project is slated to be conducted in the summer of 2017, concurrently with the  East Lyme High School bio-retention rain garden, and is funded in part by CT DEEP through a Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program grant.

East Lyme High School Bio-retention Rain Garden

The Niantic River Watershed Committee, in partnership with the East Lyme School Board and Department of Public Works, will be installing a bio-retention rain garden at the East Lyme High School in the summer of 2017. This bio-retention rain garden will capture and treat roughly 525,000 gallons of stormwater run-off annually from athletic fields and surrounding parking area.  Presently, stormwater runoff from the site flows untreated into the storm drain system and is discharged to Latimer Brook. This stormwater runoff may contain fertilizer, bacteria, trash, sediment, heavy metals, oil, gas and other automotive products that will pollute Latimer Brook and ultimately end up in Long Island Sound. This project is funded in part by a Dominion Foundation Environmental Stewardship grant.

A bio-retention basin at Doyle-Hollis Park in Emeryville, CA.

A bio-retention basin at Doyle-Hollis Park in Emeryville, CA.

For more information about bio-retention, visit CT NEMO’s Rain Garden page at http://nemo.uconn.edu/raingardens/.


Niantic Watershed Rain Garden Initiative

The Niantic River Watershed Committee has obtained funding through a Dominion Foundation Environmental Stewardship Program grant to encourage and assist watershed residents to install rain gardens on their property. Rain gardens are shallow, bowl-shaped gardens that are integrated into existing landscapes. Rain gardens are designed to intercept and infiltrate storm water runoff, capturing contaminated runoff so that pollutants do not end up in our rivers and streams.

For more information about the Niantic Watershed Rain Garden Initiative, please visit the Rain Garden Initiative page on this website.

If you live in the Niantic River watershed, have a stormwater runoff problem that you would like to correct and are willing to install and maintain a rain garden on your property for a minimum of five years, please contact Judy at judy.rondeau@comcast.net or 860-774-9600, ext. 13.

To see  rain gardens in action, check out this YouTube video by TreePeople of a project utilizing rain gardens in a Los Angeles neighborhood to manage stormwater runoff. TreePeople is a non-profit organization in Los Angeles “focused on growing a sustainable, climate-resilient Los Angeles–one with sufficient tree canopy, healthy soil, and locally sourced, clean water–even for the most urban neighborhoods.”

Example of a rain garden in a residential setting.

Example of a rain garden in a residential setting (image – www.pandawn.com).

Small Farm Best Management Practices

In 2017, the Niantic River Watershed Committee will be providing outreach and technical assistance to small farm owners who wish to learn methods to manage stormwater runoff on their fams,  Geared toward small producers and private farm owners, this program will assist farm owners with diverting clean water to reduce farm runoff, managing heavy use areas, and adopting manure best management practices (BMPs). For more information, please visit the Small Farm BMP page on this site.

This project is funded in part by a Dominion Foundation Environmental Stewardship grant.