[CT Birds] Hammonasset Beach Erosion Study and Environmental Impact Evaluation

COMINS, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue Mar 20 10:42:05 EDT 2007

Dear Birders:
	In the latest issue of the Environmental Monitor from the Council on Environmental Quality, there is a notice for a scoping hearing on a beach erosion study and potential mitigation efforts.  From the project description:

"Project Description:  Hammonasset Beach State Park has suffered significant erosion in recent years. This erosion has reduced the usable area of the beach and is threatening the park's infrastructure. The purpose of the proposed project is to study the shoreline erosion problem, identify and evaluate the feasibility of alternative solutions, and recommend a preferred solution. The following alternatives will be considered: 1) No Action, in which nature takes its course; 2) Retreat, in which beach infrastructure would be relocated to an area of reduced risk and sand dunes would be constructed for additional protection; 3) Replacement, in which the beach sand lost to erosion is replaced, with possible sources including sand dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers from navigation channels and/or offshore sites, or sand mined from upland sources, and 4) Structural Solutions such as using rock, concrete or other hard material to construct bulkheads, modify jetties, or construct a new jetty, floating breakwater or an offshore reef."

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  April 20, 2007

There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project at:

DATE: April 12, 2007

TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Madison Memorial Town Hall, 10 School Street, Madison, Connecticut

NOTES: 7:00- Sign-in and Review of Informational Displays, 7:30 PM- Overview Presentation, 8:00 to close: Comment Period and ongoing review of displays

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name:  Tammy Talbot 
Agency:  Department of Environmental  Protection 
  State Parks Division 
Address:  79 Elm Street, 6th Floor 
  Hartford, Conn.  06106 
Phone:  (860) 424-3199 
Fax:  (860) 424-4070 
E-Mail:  tammy.talbot at po.state.ct.us " 

Considering how important Hammonasset is to birders, I thought some of you might want to know about this project and make sure that birding access and habitat are taken into consideration in whatever is done.    In Particular, option 2 could have implications for birding habitat if consideration isn't given to avoidance of key areas in any relocation plans.

For more info, please see:

The March 20, 2007 edition of the Environmental Monitor has been published on-line.  It can be viewed and printed at the CEQ website:


Karl Wagener
Executive Director
Council on Environmental Quality


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
Audubon Connecticut
pcomins at audubon.org


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Southbury,  CT 06488
Phone:  (203)264-5098 x305
or (203)264-5180 x305

Fax:    (203)264-6332

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