DEEP: What You Can Do

Living on the Shore: 
What You Can Do

The complex issues raised by the scarce resources and competing uses of Connecticutís coast require active management in order to keep our coast a good place to live, work, and play. One aspect of coastal management is the regulation of coastal development. Any work in tidal wetlands or waterward of the high tide line requires a prior authorization from the Office of Long Island Sound Programs of the Connecticut DEEP. In particular, if youíre thinking about purchasing property with coastal structures or planning to repair structures in the water or in tidal wetlands, first check with the Office of Long Island Sound Programs at (860) 424-3034 to see if the structures are permitted. In many cases, you may need to undertake few or no additional procedures to conduct maintenance and repair activities. If the structures were not previously permitted, the Office of Long Island Sound Programs can provide information on how to proceed.

In exercising your rights to use and enjoy your property, please keep in mind that the ownership of shorefront property gives you a special opportunity to protect and preserve the natural resources and quality of life that all of Connecticutís citizens cherish. In pursuing this opportunity, we offer a list of "DOs and DONíTs" to help you improve your stewardship of and appreciation for your part of the coastal environment:

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DONíT interfere with tidal flow by blocking culverts, tidegates, or tidal streams;
DONíT fill or dump in wetlands;
DONíT dump animal waste, household wastes, or litter into the water;
DONíT build unauthorized structures or place unauthorized fill waterward of the high tide line;
DO contact the DEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs before undertaking projects involving work in tidal wetlands or waterward of the high tide line;
DO landscape your property appropriately, use a vegetated buffer, and reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers;
DO preserve and, where appropriate, restore your tidal wetlands;
DO contact the DEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs to learn more about Connecticutís coastal management and regulatory programs, and for more information on what you can do to help protect Long Island Sound;
DO observe and learn about the plants and animals which share their coastal habitat with you;
DO join the drive to preserve the Sound by purchasing a Long Island Sound license plate, the proceeds of which go to the Long Island Sound Fund, which provides money for education, public access, habitat restoration and research; and
DO enjoy your special place on the Connecticut shore and help protect it for future generations.

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