Remediation needs to be done according to deed

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

When land for the 55-acre Greenwich High School (GHS) campus was assembled in the mid-1960s, the town of Greenwich (TOG) seized buildable land along Hillside Road using eminent domain powers and then purchased the surrounding wetlands, which were deed-restricted to remain forever in their natural state as “a green oasis.”

This wetlands deed restriction has been affirmed by the town in every official document submitted by town agencies to state agencies, to federal agencies and to all judicial authorities for the past 50 years.

GHS is currently operating under a 2003 “Stipulation and Order of Judgment” court order in which the TOG again affirmed the wetlands portion of the GHS campus will forever remain natural wetlands, never to be filled, covered, drained, excavated or clear cut.

The TOG Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency (IWWA) and the TOG Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) have repeatedly advised the Board of Education (which is the legal entity responsible for maintenance of the 10 Hillside Road Property) that the entire GHS site remains a “wetlands” to this day, subject to all IWWA, CT-DEEP, US-EPA and US-ACE wetlands regulations and permitting procedures.

Any “option” presented by Board of Education to leave in place polluted fill deposited in GHS wetlands is not really an option at all.

All fill deposited in GHS wetlands must be removed, pursuant to stipulations made by the Board of Education in 2003 as part of the court order, regardless of who placed the fill in the wetlands, or when this occurred.

 

Bill Effros
Greenwich

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