Dean/Pocono Road/Still River Overview

Engineering AgreementThis sewer extension project is the subject of a 55% Clean Water Fund Planning Grant by CT DEEP approved January 2022. The purpose is to develop the sewer system designs for the Candlewood Peninsula and Dean Road areas at a greater cost-share by the state than the conventional 20% Clean Water Fund construction grant—a savings to Brookfield of over $500,000. The 45% difference will be provided in the form of a loan from the WPCA to be repaid when the project is funded by a Bond. The work starts first quarter 2022. The State approved work plan agreed to between the engineering company and the WPCA is shown in Appendix A on page 14 of the document. [Download the Engineering Agreement.]

Background

The Brookfield Water Pollution Control Authority held a public informational meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via the ZOOM remote video teleconferencing platform.  The purpose of the meeting was to present a summary of the findings and recommendations of the Dean Road and Pocono Road Wastewater Management Plan Study, dated as of June 2020, and to receive public comment with respect to those findings and recommendations.

See the October 21, 2020 Special Meeting Minutes

The Dean Road and Pocono Road Wastewater Management Plan Study is available for public inspection and may be copied or downloaded at https://brookfieldwpca.org/dean-report.

The documents below represent studies of the septic challenges along Dean and Pocono Roads. A number of calls have come in about distressed septic systems. This project is likely to move forward. We are recommending no additional repairs, but simply pump septic tanks more frequently. A next step is to solicit bids for the engineering design and attempt to raise some funds so to keep the cost to the homeowners below the threshold of 10% of the Grand List Value.

In addition, studies have found there are significant amounts of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and e-coli contamination into the river from the septic systems of low lying homes. These nutrients and bacteria flows north eventually into Lake Lillinonah and eventually into the Long Island Sound.

State Reports on the Still River

Links to State reports on the Still River in Brookfield as impaired waters identified by CT DEEP (2020) are provided below. The Still River is on the priority list for action by 2022. That may help in securing funding.

Map with area properties are below: