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Connecticut Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access96
Water Quality95
Beach Erosion5-
Erosion Response-5
Beach Fill5-
Shoreline Structures5 5
Beach Ecology5-
Surfing Areas--
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Connecticut's Coastal Management Program is administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). A good overview of the Coastal Management Program can be found here. The coastal permitting program is explained here.

The overall DEEP Website has been reorganized with a primary focus on natural resources rather than administrative structure.

DEEP’s website gives a nice summary of the programs and activities of the Coastal Management Program, including Coastal Permitting and Coastal Land Use Planning sections which describe the primary responsibilities and tasks the program undertakes on a daily basis. DEEP also includes the Bureau of Natural Resources, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assistance, and Office of Information Management.

The DEEP Website is a fairly good source of information on beach health indicators in Connecticut. The DEEP Website has a very nice keyword search engine that lists numerous sources of information on beach access, water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, and shoreline structures.

The DEEP Website provides an extensive list of publications, including fact sheets, reports, maps and photographs, and relevant statutes. A growing number of these materials are available online via this site.

Connecticut laws and regulations are available online via the DEEP Website.

The DEEP Website has links to Current Issues, Latest News, and News Releases.

The DEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs and Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse publish the newsletter, Sound Outlook, three times each year. It addresses the water quality, coastal resources, and coastal uses of Long Island Sound.

Access to maps and photos via the Website is limited.

Links to a range of state, regional, and national organizations can also be found on the DEEP Website.

The DEEP Website appears to be up-to-date.

A new source of information about Long Island Sound became available in May 2004, when the Long Island Sound Resource Center launched a new Website, with the goal of providing Web access to information related to the Sound though a variety of tools, including the online Connecticut Coastal Access Guide. The initial version of the Website includes a searchable bibliography and a directory of information resources. In the future, the site will include an Internet mapping application, synopses of different fields of research, and a data catalogue.

Website Contact Info

Publications and Outreach Information:
Office of Long Island Sound Programs
Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Phone: 860-424-3034


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