Mill River Wetland Committee holds public meeting

The Mill River Wetland Committee (MRWC) will conduct its annual meeting Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at the Fairfield Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. The event is free, and is open to the public. MRWC is Fairfield’s oldest nonprofit organization committed to environmental science education.

The meeting will feature an intimate look into the dredging system that is removing lead from the upper estuarine end of the Mill River. Barry Culp, senior project manager for TRC Environmental, the company conducting the lead removal project for the former Exide Battery Company, will be presenting a lecture on the project. His talk will be accompanied by images that show how the cutterhead dredge in use is guided as it removes and sends the lead-laden river-bottom sediments to Exide’s treatment facility on the Post Road.

Culp is a registered professional geologist who earned his bachelor of science degree from Furman University. With 20 years of technical project management experience, Culp has directed multi-disciplined projects for various industries in a number of states and internationally.  His specialty is hydrologic remedial design–developing innovative and cost effective strategies for removing pollutants from waterways.

MRWC has more than 45 years experience with the Mill River. Since 1968, the group has been developing and conducting the River-Lab Program for Grades 3-6 in the Fairfield Public and Parochial Schools. Members of MRWC were an integral part of the community response to the lead removal project, and they continue to actively monitor the progress of the cleanup.  The Mill River is an important ecological resource and Town asset. If not properly remediated, there will be lasting negative financial and environmental implications. 

For more information on MRWC, visit riverlab.org.

Event contact: Roberta Clark, [email protected], 203-259-1847.

Lead-removal barge, operated by TRC Environmental Corporation for Exide Battery Company, in the Mill River just below Mill Hollow Park. The ladder-like attachment along the boom for the dredging cutter-head (far left) allows more flexibility in this complex operation, which will be the subject of the Mill River Wetland Committee's Annual Meeting, Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at the Fairfield Main Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Lead-removal barge, operated by TRC Environmental Corporation for Exide Battery Company, in the Mill River just below Mill Hollow Park. The ladder-like attachment along the boom for the dredging cutter-head (far left) allows more flexibility in this complex operation, which will be the subject of the Mill River Wetland Committee’s Annual Meeting, Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at the Fairfield Main Library. The event is free and open to the public.

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