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Naugy Suffers Again


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Jan 22, 2018 

Naugy Suffers Again


The Naugatuck River can't seem to catch a break. As if it wasn't bad enough to get vaguely associated with Legionnaires Disease in December, and after a five million gallon sewage spill October 9, on Saturday, January 20,  4000 to 6000 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled from a Somers Thin Strip in Waterbury, contaminating the factory grounds, pavement, soil and storm-water catch basins. Much of it reached the River. The Waterbury Fire Department put oil booms in the river, but most of the oil had already flowed downstream. CT DEEP took over cleanup of the river.  Here is a Waterbury Observer Jan 23 article (with photos) summarizing events up to that day.   Click here for a Jan 20 news story.  Click here to run a Google search for other recent news. 

Other Naugatuck River Problems

According to DEEP's Bypass and CSO Events Public Viewer there were 6 other sewage spills into the Naugatuck River in 2017 in addition to the big one described above. 2 of them occurred since the famous Oct 9 spill. During the massive rain storms Oct 29-30,  from 100,001 to 500,000 gallons of sewage got into the river from an overflowing manhole at Waterbury's treatment plant, and from 501 to 1000 gallons overflowed from a manhole on High Street in Naugatuck.

Earlier in 2017 from 1,001 to 5,000 gallons of raw sewage reached the river from a spill on Derby Avenue in Seymour September 9.  The Waterbury treatment plant had a spill estimated to be anywhere from 500,001 to 1,000,000 gallons on April 16.  A spill on Church Street in Naugatuck on February 7 spilled an unknown amount of sewage in the river.   The Naugatuck's bad year began on Jan 20, 2017 when  650 gallons of raw sewage was bypassed into the Naugatuck River from the City of Naugatuck's treatment plant.

However, if there were any sewage spills in Beacon Falls in 2017, they would not show up on the list above because that system does not report electronically to DEEP.  The other sewage treatment plants on the Naugatuck, in the cities of Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour, Shelton, Torrington, Thomaston, and Waterbury all report electronically. 


Connecticut River Watershed Council Has New Name: Connecticut River Conservancy

CRWC has retired its old name and logo to become the Connecticut River Conservancy. Its mission remains focused on protecting and advocating for our rivers and working toward a vision outlined in CRC's new slogan: Clean water. Healthy habitat. Thriving communities.