Wintertime in Connecticut is a very busy time for the Wetlands
Restoration Unit (WRU). During the winter of 1993-94, Connecticut
was in the worst winter weather in history, the WRU was working
on a large marsh restoration project called Fletcher Creek in
Milford, Connecticut. The cold weather actually helped our work
and because of the frozen peat we were able to go into very soft
areas to remove and move spoils to upland areas.
This project included 1800 feet of re-cleaned channels and 1800
feet of new channels. Also, included in the project were five
75 feet in diameter ponds in different locations around the 35-acre
site. All the work had to be completed by early spring because
the WRU would be getting $73,460.00 at the completion of the project.
These funds were important because the staff is not on state general
funds and without the funds the WRU would not be able to continue
past July 1, 1995.
We have also started to look at doing some freshwater projects.
Most of these projects will be some type of vegetation control.
In August, we will do some herbiciding and then come back in the
winter and cut down the unwanted vegetation. Finally, the winter
months are ideal for investigating and planning wetland restoration
work. If it gets too cold, we will bring our equipment into the
shop for maintenance.