Stamford water quality: It’s time for information

Jan 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Water

A dispatch from the North Stamford Concerned Citizens for the Environment:::

2012 is the Year of the Dragon – apparently a sign that is unafraid of challenges and willing to take risks.  That is something we need in Stamford.  We’re looking forward to collecting a huge amount of water quality data this year that, if confronted with an open mind, should have a tremendously positive impact on our community.

The City’s well water testing program is set to start soon – testing 750 wells per year for pesticides and Volatile Organic Compounds throughout the City.  For information or to sign up, just call 203-977-0816 and leave your name, address, and telephone number. You will be contacted by a Health Department representative to schedule an appointment to collect the water sample.  More than 450 families have already signed up – which means that in the next few months we should have more new information about groundwater quality than we collected in the last three years.
We understand that the Scofieldtown Landfill “monitoring” or “impact evaluation” will start in March and continue for the next twelve months.  It’s a shame that we were unable to study the water table last year – that extra 15 inches of above-average rainfall surely had a big impact on the aquifer.  We plan to discuss the data with NSCCE’s hydrogeologist to make sure that nothing is overlooked and no ideas are left unconsidered – we have one shot at this process and our community deserves to make sure it’s done right.
Areas of contaminated soil at the Bartlett Arboretum are on deck for cleanup during the next twelve months.  At a Board of Reps meeting last year, the City committed to having a plan and budget soon for that project – to clean up areas with exceedences of DDT, arsenic, chlordane, dieldrin, etc that have likely been lingering in the soil for over 50 years.  The Arboretum is a wonderful resource, but we should be able to use it with the assurance that there are no public health threats on this City-owned property.  We are anticipating more details at the Tuesday, January 24 meeting of the Water Supply committee of the Board of Reps (7pm, Democratic Caucus Room on the fourth floor of Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd).
Also, the City is rebuilding a bridge / culvert on Brookdale Road, just outside the entrance to the Arboretum.  The City has proactively taken samples of soil from that project site, and the preliminary results indicate that while DDT and other contaminants have been found, they appear to be below the regulatory standards.  We look forward to the opportunity to review that final soil management report.

Karen DeFalco
President, NSCCE
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