VMT Reduction Strategy

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.

Active Transportation Plan

The NVCOG is developing the Active Transportation Plan to enhance walking, rolling, and cycling and to advance mobility equity in the Naugatuck Valley Region.

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Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG)

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) are a five-billion-dollar federal program to help state and regional governments reduce greenhouse gases. NVCOG towns are split among several planning regions, each of which is conducting its own GHG assessment and planning GHG reduction measures.

Waterbury Line Station Projects

The CT Department of Transportation is upgrading all six Waterbury Line Train stations to enhance safety and comfort, making them key community hubs, sources of pride, and gathering places for residents and visitors.

SMM Trash Reduction Pilot Program

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) has awarded $5 million in Sustainable Materials Management Grants to help CT municipalities address the state’s waste crisis.

Route 8 Design/Build

The Route 8 Design Build project will bring the section of roadway from Exit 13 in Shelton to Exit 22 in Seymour up to modern highway standards and make it safer for motorists. The work is expected to start in the summer of 2023 and finish by the end of 2024.

Bus Shelter Replacement Project

The NVCOG and the Valley Transit District are working with a team to design and build bus shelters to address the current lack of accommodations. This project aims to improve public transit facilities in lower valley municipalities.

MTP 2050

NVision50: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the NVCOG and the Central Naugatuck Valley MPO lays out a comprehensive vision for transportation in our region leading up to 2050.

Kinneytown Dam Removal

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.    

Kinneytown Dam and Fish Ladder
Kinneytown Dam and Fish Ladder, Seymour, CT

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 under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) 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 will be continually added here and on the Story Map, so please check back often!

Explore the Issue:

This interactive storymap details the effort to restore migratory fish to the Naugatuck River, the longstanding issues at Kinneytown, and the current plan to remove the dam. 

NVCOG FERC Docket Filings:

You can find a full annotated timeline of FERC docket P-6985 filings HERE

Staff Contact:

Aaron Budris
Environmental Planning Director
abudris@nvcogct.gov

Ansonia 35 North Main Street

Project Type: Cleanup

Activities: Cleanup – Removal of Hazardous Waste

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments has sub-granted the City of Ansonia $176,766 from its Revolving Loan Fund program to aid with remedial activities in Building 12 at 35 North Main Street.

Project Status: Large quantities of hazardous waste have been removed from Building 12. More funding is required to continue the cleanup process throughout the entire site.