In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, portions of the Town of Fairfield’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and surrounding facilities were submerged in approximately 2 feet of water due to the coastal storm surge from Long Island Sound. Following these events, the Town was awarded a grant from HUD and DOH under the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program for the WWTP Hardening Project.
The proposed project, designed by Tighe & Bond, included the construction of an earthen berm and stormwater pump station to protect the WWTP and other critical facilities in the area from future flood events. The project also includes raising portions of Richard White Way that intersect with the WWTP hardening berm, to provide access into the WWTP while maintaining a continuous flood control structure.
Tighe & Bond provided environmental permitting services for the resiliency improvements and prepared applications to FEMA for potential project funding. Also included in the project scope was the preparation of an Environmental Review Record for the hardening project as well as a microgrid installation project, which included completion of a NEPA Environmental Assessment Checklist and development of the 8 Step Process documents for work in the floodplain.