GHS Fields Remediation Project
In July 2011, during the course of excavation work for the Greenwich High School building project, unexpected soil conditions were discovered in the fields. Comprehensive air, water and soil sampling was conducted, revealing levels of contaminants in the soil above acceptable limits. Interim remediation strategies were implemented and the fields were cleared as safe for use. The Greenwich Public Schools/Board of Education and the Town of Greenwich are working in collaboration to address the environmental concerns of the GHS fields. Licensed environmental professionals have been contracted to plan for and implement a comprehensive Remedial Action Plan (RAP). The Town of Greenwich and State Departments of Health and Environmental Protection and the Federal EPA are also involved in consultation on the testing and remediation plans.
The environmental investigation and remediation activities that began at Greenwich High School property in July 2011 have progressed to the second phase (Phase II) of remediation under the Connecticut Voluntary Remediation Program, and remediation of the athletic fields is ongoing.
Some of the highlights include:
- The school continues to be safe. Most of the parking spaces and athletic fields will be available for use during the school year.
- Fields 2 & 5 work commenced in June 2023 and will continue into the Fall/ Winter 2023-2024 school year. The bulk of excavation work was completed during the school recess. The remaining work includes some additional excavation and backfilling and field restoration.
- The details of remaining cleanup activities planned for several smaller areas located west of the school building are still being discussed by the Town, DEEP, and EPA and are pending regulatory approval, ideally to be completed in Summer 2024.
As a reminder:
- The health and safety of students, faculty, neighbors, and the public is paramount to the Town during the performance of this work. To ensure public safety:
- Work areas have been demarcated with fencing and signage, and access to work areas is restricted.
- A dust monitoring and control plan is implemented when earthwork is occurring.
- Truck traffic will be limited during school operational hours and will be directed to avoid busy times at the beginning and end of the school day.
- Sediment and erosion controls will be installed, inspected, and maintained routinely to protect West Brothers Brook and other natural resources.
For a more detailed updates, please refer to the dropdown below.
The Town of Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools held a virtual public meeting to provide additional information to the community and provide additional opportunity for comment. Representatives from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will also be available to answer questions. The public meeting was held via Zoom and began at 6:00 pm on January 27, 2021. The recording of the public meeting is included below and the presentation that was shared is available here. Additionally, details about how to submit public comment in writing are below. The deadline to submit public comment is March 1, 2021.
Verbal and written comments from the public were accepted at the forum.
Written comments can also be submitted to:
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Please note: Public comment period runs through March 1, 2021