A common measure of transportation system performance is vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which looks at the total number of miles driven by personal cars across a given area. A reduction in VMT typically yields benefits for congestion, air quality, and can help reduce costs for drivers.
The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) are a five billion dollar program, created under the Inflation Reduction Act and administered through the EPA, to help state and regional governments reduce greenhouse gases. The first phase involves noncompetitive planning grants that are presumptively allocated to each state, and then to particular Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). In the case of Connecticut, the three MSAs that will receive one-million-dollar planning grants are Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, New Haven-Milford, and Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown. Learn how NVCOG’s municipalities are divided below.
For nearly two centuries, migratory fish have been blocked from most of the Naugatuck River by Kinneytown Dam in Seymour. That continues today, with the facility no longer producing electricity and serving no useful purpose. Now, a project is underway led by NVCOG in partnership with Save the Sound to remove Kinneytown Dam. Removal will open miles of restored habitat to shad, alewife, lamprey, river herring and other anadromous fish, and will also reduce flood risk, remove a safety concern and eyesore, and reconnect communities to recreational opportunities along the Naugatuck River.
After the longstanding failure of a fish ladder at Kinneytown Dam came to light in 2019, the Naugatuck River Restoration Coalition was formed to advocate for the restoration of fish passage on the Naugatuck River. Consisting of NVCOG, the Naugatuck River Revival Group, and Save the Sound, the Coalition has worked with state and federal regulatory agencies to shed light on the failure to pass fish as required by Kinneytown Dam’s federal license exemption and encouraging the dam owner to remedy the situation.
It has become clear that restoring hydroelectric generation while providing safe, timely and effective fish passage at Kinneytown Dam is not economical, and removal of the dam is the only way to fully restore fish passage at the site. In partnership with Save the Sound, NVCOG applied for and received funding through the NOAA Restoring Fish Passage Through Barrier Removal grant program in 2022 for the acquisition and decommissioning of the facility, and for the design and construction work leading to the dam’s removal. The project is supported by municipal leaders, state and federal regulatory agencies, the CT federal delegation, environmental advocates, and the current dam owner.
The Coalition has developed an Interactive Story Map to explain the issue. Project details are forthcoming, so please check back soon!
Explore the Issue:
This interactive storymap details the effort to restore migratory fish to the Naugatuck River, and the current issues at Kinneytown Dam keeping fish from miles of restored habitat upstream.
Environmental Planning Director
The final Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan and Municipal Annexes have been posted to the NVCOG Hazard Mitigation Plan webpage. The Plan has been adopted by all 19 NVCOG Communities, and the NVCOG Board endorsed the plan on December 10, 2021. FEMA approved the plan in January, 2022.
In 2019, NVCOG received funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) for all 19 NVCOG municipalities.
An approved NHMP is required by FEMA to qualify a municipality for certain federal mitigation funding. NHMPs must be updated every 5 years. The purpose of this project is to update municipal NHMPs and develop a consolidated multijurisdictional plan for the entire Naugatuck Valley planning region in compliance with FEMA standards and requirements that will serve as the approved NHMP for each NVCOG municipality.
The NHMP will identify natural hazards and risks, existing capabilities, and activities that can be undertaken by a community to prevent loss of life and reduce property damages associated with the identified hazards. Public safety and property loss reduction are the driving forces behind this plan. Careful consideration will also be given to the preservation of history, culture and the natural environment of the region.
Milone & MacBroom Inc. (MMI) was selected to serve as the project consultant. MMI has extensive experience developing NHMPs in the region and across the state. NVCOG is administering the project and has prepared a detailed scope of work in collaboration with MMI. The project is expected to take 18 months and will include extensive public and stakeholder outreach and coordination with various municipal officials and departments.
Click on the tabs at the top of the Project Storymap and scroll through the narrative to learn about hazards impacting the region and view topical maps.
Senior Regional Planner
As our towns, the state, and country return to normal, NVCOG seeks to provide the best information available for the residents of our nineteen communities.
On this page, you can find links with information related to the COVID-19 pandemic for:
- Bus Transit, Commuter Rail, and Highway Updates
- Resources for Businesses
- Latest Press Releases and Executive Orders from Governor Lamont
- Local Health Districts
- Your Municipality’s COVID-19 Response web page
- Federal Departments and Agencies
NVCOG Current Status
Employees are back in the office and our office is open to the public. Public information meetings encourage in-person participation and will continue to have a virtual option for participation.
Below are links to trusted agencies with status updates, resources for municipalities and businesses, and the best data on how to prevent coming into contact with the virus and what to do if you do come into contact with the virus.
Click on a heading below for the resources NVCOG has compiled.
FTA Mask Travel Guidance Order and FAQ
Bristol-Burlington Health District (Bristol)
Chesprocott Health District (Cheshire, Prospect & Wolcott)
Naugatuck Valley Health District (Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour & Shelton)
Housatonic Valley Health District (Oxford, Southbury & Woodbury)
Torrington Area Health District (Bethlehem, Middlebury, Plymouth, Thomaston & Watertown)
Executive Order No 700 “Protection of Public Health and Safety during COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Procedures for Local Appointments and Elections Requiring In-Person Vote”
Find a Test Center Near You including No-Cost COVID-19 Test Sites
Department of Public Health (DPH) resources
Department of Housing (DOH) Housing Notices and Orders regarding COVID-19
Connecticut State Department of Education Supporting Student Participation
Department of Social Services for SNAP and Child Support Services
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) resources for social distancing at state parks, beaches and more.
CT State Library for updates on local libraries.
Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection (4-CT) was launched as a non-profit that unites donors with state-wide programs that will help make an immediate impact.
Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) news and resources
Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) news and updates
Municipal Guidance Document #1 “Suspension of In Person Open Meeting Requirements”
Municipal Guidance Document #4 “Suspension of Tax Deadlines and Collection Efforts”
Municipal Guidance Document #5 “Suspension of In-Person Voting Requirements by the Public in the Municipal Budget Process”
Municipal Guidance Document #8 Index of Executive Orders Pertinent to Municipalities
The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes funds for Connecticut governments to pay costs incurred in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has established the Municipal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Program to reimburse municipalities for such costs.