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City of Meriden

Notice of Tentative Determination to Approve an Application for Dam Safety Permit and Intent to Waive Public Hearing

Applicant(s): City of Meriden
Application No: DS-202100775
City/Town: Meriden
Dam Name & DEEP ID No: Beaver Pond Dam, #8010, B (Significant) Hazard
The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) hereby gives notice that a tentative determination has been reached to approve the following application. The Commissioner also intends to waive the requirement for public hearing pursuant to Section 22a-403 of the Connecticut General Statutes for a dam safety permit.  

The Commissioner also gives notice that a hearing may be held on this dam safety permit if the Commissioner determines that the public interest will best be served thereby or shall hold a hearing upon receipt of a petition as described below.

Application No.: DS-202100775

Applicant’s Name and Address: City of Meriden, 142 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450

Contact Name/Phone No/Email: Brian Ennis, P.E.,, 203-630-4020

Type of Permit: New Permit, Dam Safety

Relevant Statute(s)/Regulation: 22a-403

Project Description: Improvements and repairs to an existing dam

Project Location: The Beaver Pond Dam is located at 1 Beaver Lake Road Meriden, CT 06450. The site is accessed through property owned by Meriden Boys Club Recreation. The City has an agreement with the owner for access.

Water(s): Beaver Pond & Belcher Brook
The proposed activities include the following: replacing the existing concrete culvert spillway with a new concrete drop inlet spillway consisting of a 48-inch discharge pipe. The trees will be cleared from the embankments, the downstream slope will be flattened to 3 to 1 and upstream slope will be protected from erosion with riprap. The existing low-level outlet pipe will be replaced with a new 16-inch low level outlet controlled by a stainless-steel slide gate installed in the drop inlet spillway structure.  The new spillway will have increase in a length from 4 feet to of 16 feet, and be capable of safely passing the 1/2 Probable Maximum Flood.  An eel passage will also be constructed as part of the outlet drop-structure. 

Impacts to the wetlands and watercourse will result from the installation of a cofferdam, extension of the downstream slope of the dam, installation of the new outlet, and addition of riprap on the upstream side of the dam. There will be a loss of 4,670 sf of wetland at the toe of the dam. Dewatering with a cofferdam will be achieved through a 3-foot drawdown over a period of three months. 

This application has been assigned No. 202100775; please use this number when corresponding with DEEP regarding this application. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the application from the applicant’s contact noted above.  Electronic copies of the application and supporting documentation can be provided to interested persons via email. Any such requests for electronic documents may be directed to Dan Lesniewski of the Dam Safety Section at (860) 424-3384 or  

Before making a final decision on this application, the Commissioner shall consider written comments on the application from interested persons.  Written comments on the application should be directed to the staff person indicated above no later than thirty (30) days from the publication date of this notice. Written comments may also be submitted in paper form to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection located at 79 Elm Street, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse Hartford, CT.  In this submittal, please identify the name of the staff assigned to the application, the permit application number and your phone number and/or email address to facilitate responses to your comments.  You may contact the staff person identified in this notice with any questions you may have. 

The Commissioner may conduct a public hearing if the Commissioner determines that the public interest will best be served thereby or shall hold a hearing upon receipt of a petition signed by at least twenty-five persons.  Petitions for a hearing shall be submitted within thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this public notice, should include the application number noted above, and also identify a contact person to receive notifications.  Petitions may also identify a person who is authorized to engage in discussions regarding the application and, if resolution is reached, withdraw the petition.  

In order to facilitate the filing of requests for hearing during the COVID-19 emergency and be consistent with the Department’s Temporary Directive, the Office of Adjudications will accept electronically-filed petitions in addition to petitions submitted by mail.  Petitions with required signatures may be filed by email to the Office of Adjudications at or mailed to the DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.  Within thirty (30) days, original petitions that were filed electronically must be also mailed to the Office of Adjudications at the above-noted address.  If the original petition exists only in electronic format or signatures were produced using a computer or typewriter, the petition must be submitted with a statement bearing the wet-ink signature of the petitioner that the petition is only available in that format and has been submitted to satisfy the requirement that an original petition be filed. Additional information can be found at

All petitions must be received within the comment period noted above. If a hearing is held, timely notice of such hearing will be published in a newspaper of general circulation and posted on the DEEP website at

/s/ Jennifer L. Perry
Jennifer L. Perry, P.E.
Water Planning and Management Division    

Published in the Record-Journal of Meriden on September 14, 2021.  

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