Acquisition of 38 & 40 Old Mill Road, Westport, CT

Basic Project Information
Site Name
Sherwood Millpond
Habitat Types
Habitat Acres Miles Feet
Acquisitions/Easements 0.50 0.00 0.00
TOTAL 0.50 0.00 0.00
Funding Sources
Funding Organization Funding Program NFWF-LISFF Funded Amount Amount Awarded Amount Spent
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Town of Westport
Project Partners
Partners Organization
Town of Westport
Partners Organization
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Cause of Degradation
Development Encroachment
Fill - Other
Seawall at Tidal/Upland Border
Degradation Description
A pair of summer cottages was built on a small marsh island in the narrow channel between Sherwood Millpond and Compo Cove, in Westport, CT. Construction involved filling of tidal wetlands to raise the ground level, as well as armoring the shoreline with boulders and seawalls
Project Description
The 2 homes have a combined footprint of approximately 1700sqft, including the attached decks. They date back to 1900 and 1920, and quite surprisingly survived many storms, given their extremely high-risk location. They were finally damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, and the owners decided to sell their properties to the Town of Westport for conservation purposes. The Town was able to acquire the properties, demolish the homes, and clean up the site thanks to a grant by the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The Town is allowing the property to return to a natural state and restricting access to the site for the next year or two. The properties will be maintained in perpetuity as open space for the conservation of natural floodplain functions and restricted from use or development that interferes with this purpose.
Restoration Technique
Cottage / Home / Structure removal
Fill Removal
Land Acquisition
Compo Cove
Mill Creek
Sherwood Millpond