A Newsletter from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Exploring Long Island Sound - Issues and Opportunities
Spring 2023
No. 67
Everyone loves an
environmentally friendly lawn
Photo Credit: DEEP LWRD
You can also minimize the need to add nutrients to your lawn--and save yourself some effort--by leaving grass clippings in place when you mow.

Also, be sure to apply fertilizer only where you need to. Minimize spillage onto hard surfaces, because it won't make the concrete grow and it will just get washed away.

You can also talk to your lawn care company, if you use one, and ask them to employ these practices when caring for your lawn.

We encourage readers to visit these online resources for additional tips for cultivating lawns and gardens that are both beautiful and environmentally friendly:

SPOTLIGHTED PUBLIC ACCESS: Steelpointe Harborwalk, Bridgeport 

Regular readers of Sound Outlook know that public access to the shores of Long Island Sound is one of the cornerstones of the State’s Coastal Management Program. Public access is defined as a water-dependent use in the Connecticut Coastal Management Act, and highest priority and preference must be given to locating water-dependent uses in shorefront areas. Most often, the provision of coastal public access areas is achieved through the municipal coastal site plan review process.

In May of 2010, back when DEEP was DEP, the then-Office of Long Island Sound Programs (now the Land and Water Resources Division) reviewed a municipal coastal site plan application for the redevelopment of Steel Point in Bridgeport. The project represented a unique opportunity to showcase Bridgeport’s vision to reestablish its connection to Bridgeport Harbor, promote more sustainable development practices, and maximize water-dependent use of suitable waterfront property. The General Development Plan proposed for the property included development of a marina, a general public access walkway, public fishing, and a mix of non-water-dependent uses such as retail and restaurants that would invite the public to the water’s edge.

Throughout the subsequent redevelopment of Steel Point, the Office of Long Island Sound Programs/Land and Water Resources Division continued to work closely with the applicant and the City of Bridgeport to ensure that the DEEP-related components of the project moved forward in an efficient manner, and that consistency with coastal management policies was appropriately achieved. To that end, we are happy to report that the Steelpointe Harborwalk public access walkway is one of the newest additions to the Connecticut Coastal Access Guide.

The Steelpointe Harborwalk runs along Bridgeport Harbor from The Bass Pro Shops, and loops in front of Boca Oyster Bar. Bicycles and skateboards are not allowed, but leashed dogs are welcome. This site is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

When you take a stroll along the Harborwalk, or any of the over 350 public access sites on the Connecticut Coastal Access Guide, you can take comfort in knowing that Connecticut's Coastal Management Program is working continuously to bring additional public opportunities to enjoy Long Island Sound.
Steelpointe Harborwalk
Photo Credit: DEEP LWRD
The view from Steelpointe Harborwalk includes Bridgeport Boatworks
and Pleasure Beach in the distance
Photo Credit: DEEP LWRD
Restoration implementation activities like living shorelines are eligible for NCRF funding
Photo Credit: DEEP LWRD
Published by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse.

Editor: Mary-beth Hart
Layout: Caryn Furbush; Illustrations: Tom Ouellette

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