Green infrastructure project to combat stormwater runoff in Bridgeport

Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo are breaking ground this week on a joint green infrastructure project. Construction will involve installing a porous walkway and bio-retention garden designed to capture stormwater runoff from the zoo’s parking area.

The project will slow down and clean stormwater runoff before it flows into the Pequonnock River. The walkway and garden will provide a two-step process for capturing, filtering, and releasing clean water into the river. In addition, the garden and walkway’s prominent location in a highly-trafficked Connecticut tourism site will act as a public education opportunity.

Local youth groups will join in the project with a green infrastructure education workshop and garden planting event on May 21, World Fish Migration Day. The cleaner water will benefit fish migrating up the Pequonnock to spawning ground.

The project is supported by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Jeniam Foundation, and Werth Family Foundation.