Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice Workshop | November 20, 2017

CIRCA in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hosted the workshop Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice.  This NOAA funded workshop provided an update about the state of living shorelines in Connecticut, highlighted existing projects and research, and overviewed related permitting processes.  Design concepts for both a larger, municipal site and a smaller, residential/land trust site were explained and used in a mock permit review exercise during small breakout groups with guidance from DEEP environmental analysts.  This workshop targeted consultants, project designers, landscape architects, restoration ecologists and engineers in Connecticut. You will find the presentations from this training in the links below .

Workshop Presentations:

  • Workshop overview and related projects and resources, Rebecca French – CIRCA, Director of Community Engagement, CIRCA overview
  • Overview of Connecticut living shoreline permit process – Tonia Selmeski and John Gaucher, Environmental Analysts CT DEEP Land and Water Resources Division, SW District, DEEP overview
  • Hepburn Dune and Marsh, Fenwick, Marilyn Ozols – Land Use Administrator, Borough of Fenwick, Fenwick concept design
  • East Shore Park, New Haven, Giovanni Zinn – City Engineer, City of New Haven, New Haven concept design
  • Federal perspective on mock designs and permitting: Cori Rose, Senior Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, USACE overview
  • Federal perspective on mock designs and permitting: Alison Verkade, Marine Habitat Resource Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NMFS, NOAA overview

Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training | May 23, 2017


CIRCA and NOAA partnered on May 23, 2017 to present a Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training.  Training staff from NOAA and CIRCA introduced participants to fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. The agenda also featured green infrastructure projects from CIRCA grantees in Stratford and MetroCOG as well as presentations from New Haven, Eastern CT Conservation District, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.   You will find the presentations from this training in the links below.

Intro Green Infrastructure – NOAA

Community Benefits of Land Restoration – MetroCOG

Designing for the Future – City of New Haven

Green Infrastructure at the Local Community – ECCD

Green Infrastructure LID in CT – UConn CLEAR