DEEP: State of Connecticut Proposal to Nominate a National Estuarine Research Reserve - Notice of Public Hearing (Lyme, Old Lyme, Groton)

Notice of Public Hearing
State of Connecticut Proposal to Nominate a National Estuarine Research Reserve
Towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Groton
The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) hereby gives notice of a public hearing concerning the preliminary recommendation by the State of Connecticut that portions of the Lower Connecticut River, Bluff Point, Haley Farm State Park and adjacent areas of Long Island Sound be proposed to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for designation as a National Estuarine Research Reserve. The hearing, to be held on November 13, 2018, is more thoroughly described herein.
The proposed research reserve site is comprised of the following state-owned properties: Lord Cove Wildlife Management Area; Great Island Wildlife Management Area; Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve and Natural Area Preserve; Haley Farm State Park; and the public trust portions of waterbodies defined by:
(a) Long Island Sound ranging approximately west to east from the mouth of the Connecticut River to Mason’s Island and north to south waterward of the mean high water shoreline to just shy of the Connecticut state boundary in Long Island Sound; 
(b) the area waterward of the mean high shoreline of the lower Thames River from approximately the Gold Star Bridge south to the area described in (a);
(c) the area waterward of the mean high shoreline of the lower Connecticut River from approximately Lord Cove south to the area described in (a)
DEEP will hold a public hearing on this application on November 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Academic Building Auditorium at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus, located at 1084 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340.  The public hearing will consist of informational presentations and collection of public comment.  Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearing and will be accepted until the close of business on November 20, 2018.  Written comments may be submitted by mail to Kevin O’Brien, Land & Water Resources Division, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106 or by e-mail to
Members of the public should refer to the DEEP Calendar of Events at for the official schedule in this matter, including cancellations, or other schedule alterations.
Interested persons who wish to obtain more information regarding the proposed nomination may do so at the DEEP website or by contacting Kevin O’Brien of the Land and Water Resources Division at or 860-424-3432.  DEEP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To request an accommodation contact Michelle MarcAurele at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus by November 6th, 2018.  Phone: 860-405-9115, e-mail:

/s/ Brian P. Thompson
Brian P. Thompson, Director

Published in the Day, The Hartford Courant, Middletown Press, The Norwich Bulletin on October 26, 2018