Nearly $1 million in federal money has been awarded to Norwalk for removal of the Flock Process Dam from the Norwalk River.
Removing the dam should eliminate a risk that the structure could fail, as well as restore native species populations and help mitigate future flooding, according to an announcement Thursday from U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4. Himes was joined by U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both D-Conn., in issuing the statement.
The $970,000 grant was awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"One year later, the effects of Superstorm Sandy are still felt by many Norwalk residents," Himes said in a press release. "I am pleased that the city has received this important investment to reduce the effects of future storms while also improving the health of the river's ecosystem."
The grant is one of 45 announced around the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to assist restoration and research projects designed to protect Atlantic Coast communities from powerful storms.
The socio-economic benefit of this project is estimated at $1.75 million, according to the federal legislators.