Chepachet River Park Remediation

Fuss & O’Neill collaborated with the Town of Glocester, the RIDEM, and USEPA to lead the investigation and remediation of a historic mill site located on the banks of the Chepachet River in the heart of the Chepachet Village Historic District. Industrial uses dating back to the late 1700s resulted in significant contamination in many portions of the property.

Successful mitigation of environmental hazards at this 18-acre densely wooded site facilitated the reuse of the property as an interpretive park with public river access and walking trails. Our remediation and redevelopment strategy included a site investigation and a risk assessment to identify human health and ecological risks, archaeological assessments to identify and categorize industrial and pre-contact native American artifacts, Historic Preservation coordination, remediation design and permitting, remediation contracting, 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER health and safety training for contractors, and funding acquisition and management, including RIDEM Targeted Brownfield Assessment grants and a USEPA-funded $200,000 clean up grant.