Northwest Conservation District
1185 New Litchfield St
Torrington, CT 06790
Mayor Elinor Carbone cut the ribbon at a recent ceremony celebrating the City of Torrington's first low impact development (LID) municipal parking lot. The City designed and permitted the lot, which is located at the intersection of Main Street and Route 4 along the banks of the East Branch of the Naugatuck River. The Northwest Conservation District (NCD) was able to aquire funding for contruction and landscaping through a U.S. EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source grant. NCD then worked with the City to finalize plans and build the lot. The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut provided funds for creation of a rain garden which will receive roof runoff from a commercial building adjacent to the parking lot. It was previously the site of a small, vacant dirt lot that regularly shed sediment-laden stormwater to the nearby river. Reinforced, porous paving blocks over a specially prepared base will now filter and clean stormwater before it flows through the ground to the river, thus helping to improve the Naugatuck River's water quality.
(l-r): Mayor Carbone, Susan Peterson (DEEP), Sean Hayden (NCD) and Martin Connor (City Planner)
Confer in new LID parking lot after ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo: Karen Nelson (NCD)