At the Urban Scale, watershed resiliency must be considered alongside land use, transportation connectivity, and citywide assets. The Urban Strategies include green stormwater infrastructure, combined sewer separation, floodproofing/building elevation, and cross-city connections/networks.
The Riparian Strategies include river/watershed restoration, stream daylighting, stream capacity enhancement, and park- to- riparian corridor connections.
The dam at Bunells Pond is a beautiful spot to observe the flow of the Pequonnock and take a stroll through Olmsted’s Beardsley Park. The dam incorporates a fish ladder, and future designs for the area gave consideration for terraced steps which negotiated the grade change in this location, support the migration of fish, and create an enjoyable public space.
The waterfront of the Pequonnock can serve as an alternative model of waterfront living in Connecticut, one that is riverine rather than coastal, having greater protection from storm surge threats if designed properly. Currently the Pequonnock waterfront is underperforming, with many vacant properties and spaces and few access points for the public.
Green lines indicate major thoroughfares targeted for strengthened connection and green infrastructure. Orange lines indicate hard protection lines while black indicates proposed development.
The introduction of East Side Green Streets mitigate runoff and pollution, demonstrating watershed benefits at a neighborhood scale.
By understanding the Pequonnock’s floodplain, parks and mixed use development can be designed in a way which allows for periodic flooding of soft, terraced banks. Flooding would stop at a slightly elevated green street which protects built assets.
Historically, 19th c. roadways remain important connectors today and are still seen in the proposed plan highlighted in green. These streets would be targeted for green infrastructure investment. In the existing condition, the flood plan is confined. The proposed plan looks to historical mappings of the Pequonnock River to indicate where additional space should be configured to allow for expansion and contraction of the river.
Uncovering the Pequonnock River at key junctures, such as Shoppers Plaza, will reveal connections from upland areas down to the coast, this reorganization will allow for daylighting in the water system.
Segments of the Pequonnock that are currently buried in a culvert have the potential to resurface and revitalize the waterway. This reveal will reintroduce daylighting in the water system and incorporate new mixed-use development along the river.
Currently many abandoned warehouses front the Pequonnock River.