DEEP: Coastal Management

Coastal Management

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Office of Long Island Sound Programs is soliciting comments on a draft Assessment and Strategies for enhancing the State’s coastal management program during the 2016-2020 Enhancement Cycle. 
The Assessment and Strategies relate to nine coastal zone enhancement objectives specified in Section 309 of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1996: the protection of coastal wetlands; addressing coastal hazards; increasing opportunities for public access; reducing marine debris; assessing, considering and controlling cumulative and secondary impacts of coastal growth and development; special area management planning; planning for the use of ocean resources; facilitating the siting of energy and government facilities; and facilitating the siting of aquaculture facilities. The proposed Strategies are intended to enhance the State’s ability to address the highest-priority objectives within the constraints of available federal funding and project eligibility under Section 309.

Further information on the federal Section 309 Enhancement program, including the previous version of OLISP’s Assessment and Strategies, is available at: 


Copies of the draft Assessment and Strategies are also available for review from the Office of Long Island Sound Programs, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127 or by calling (860) 424-3034 between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday.


Please submit written comments on the draft update no later than June 30, 2015.  Comments should be sent to: Brian P. Thompson, Director, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, Department of Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127 or e-mail  For additional information call David Blatt at (860) 424-3610 or e-mail

Coastal Management Overview

      Guidance on Public Act 12-101

State of Connecticut Coastal Management Program and Final Environmental Impact Statement

Coastal Land Use Planning

      UConn CLEAR Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide for Long Island Sound 

Coastal Permitting

Habitat Restoration

Holly Pond Sedimentation Study – Final Report, July 2010

Tidal Wetlands

Coastal Hazards Analysis and Management Project (CHAMP)

Great Creek Tide Gate/Outlet Improvements at Silver Sands State Park, Milford:

Public Presentation to the City of Milford, November 14, 2013

Engineering Investigation Services/Coastal Processes Evaluation: Great Creek Outlet, Silver Sands State Park; May 2013 Final Report Prepared by Woods Hole Group

Tide Gate and Outlet Structure Investigation, Great Creek Outlet Structure, Silver Sands State Park, Milford, CT; April 2012 Report Prepared by Fuss and O'Neill

Draft Connecticut Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) Plan, January 2015 <NEW>