Proposed increase in barge traffic in Norwalk Harbor sparks debate: Trying to reduce heavy industry

Concerns about the future of Norwalk Harbor have arisen since O&G Industries proposed expanding its use of barges to transport construction supplies in the area. But the rowing community along with environmental activists have protested the pending change, which, if allowed, would mean more barges in Norwalk Harbor. Several rowing clubs also protested the proposed increase in barges on the river, which they all share when taking part in the sport. The application from O&G Industries, which has facilities across the state, was already approved by the Harbor Management Commission, which is considering the rowing and environmental concerns again. In all, O&G hopes to bring 10 to 12 barges a year up the Norwalk Harbor. The change in the use of the property is still up to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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