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Connecticut Port Authority, New London

Notice of Tentative Determination to Approve Structures, Dredging & Fill and Tidal Wetlands & Water Quality Certificate And Notice of Hearing

Applicant: Connecticut Port Authority
Application No. 201905859-SDF WQC TW
City: New London

The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) hereby gives notice that a tentative determination has been reached to approve the following application submitted under Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act, as amended, for a Water Quality Certificate and Sections 22a-32 and 22a-361 of the Connecticut General Statutes (“CGS”) for a permit to conduct work waterward of the coastal jurisdiction line in tidal, coastal or navigable waters of the state and in tidal wetlands.  Interested persons may submit written comments no later than forty (40) days from the publication date of this notice. The applicant has requested a hearing pursuant to CGS Sections 22a-32 and 22a-361(b)(A). To date, no other hearing requests have been received, including any petition by twenty-five or more people under applicable statutes.  To begin the hearing process, a status conference to review the issues for adjudication and to set the hearing schedule will be held on January 26, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.  To register for the Zoom conference, go to (It may be necessary to copy this link into a browser to open.) Persons must register with full names; identifications using initials, phone numbers or other abbreviations will not be admitted to the conference.  

Applicant’s Name and Address:  Connecticut Port Authority, c/o John Henshaw, 455 Boston Post Road, Suite 204, Old Saybrook, CT 06745

Contact:  Michael Garbolski, AECOM,, 860-263-5821   

Site Location:  200 State Pier Road, New London  


The proposed activity includes site improvements, dredging, the installation of a sheet pile bulkhead between the existing Admiral Shear State Pier and the Central Vermont Railroad Pier, placement of the dredged material within this area located between the pier with additional placement of on-site upland soils for the creation of a central wharf to be used for marine commercial and industrial use.  The proposed activities will affect aquatic and coastal resources of the Thames River.  


Interested persons may obtain a copy of the application at  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the DEEP office located at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, is closed to the public until further notice.


All interested parties are invited to express their views on the tentative determination concerning this application.  Written comments regarding this application may be submitted via electronic mail to: no later than forty (40) days from the publication date of this notice, which is the close of business on January 25, 2021. 

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.


Published in The Day on December 16, 2020


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