Two Applicants Seek USACE’s Permit for Clinton Project

Applicants Mark Lender and Harry Bajraktari are seeking a permit from USACE’s New England District to conduct work in waters of the U.S. in conjunction with construction of a bulkhead and groins in Clinton, Conn.

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This work is proposed in Long Island Sound at 155 and 157 Shore Road in Clinton.

The project includes the construction of a sheet pile bulkhead, and the reconstruction of a stone groin and a timber groin for storm protection.

According to USACE, the scheme has been separated into two components: construction of the stone groin; and construction of the bulkhead and repair of the timber groin.

The first component, the construction of the stone groin, was previously on public notice; however, minor project changes and the addition of the second component to the project have resulted in the need to solicit further public comment,” said USACE.

The construction of a stone groin involves the placement of 80 cubic yards of stone into a 360-square-foot area of Long Island Sound in order to reconstruct a groin that was originally constructed sometime in the early 1900s, but is not currently serviceable and is in disrepair.

The original groin was approximately 50 feet long by 6 to 8 feet wide, but has been displaced and at present covers a 900-square-foot area. The reconstructed groin is proposed to match the original footprint but also extend an additional 10 feet into Long Island Sound.

The proposed groin will begin at the existing seawall and extend 60 feet water-ward. The groin will be approximately 6 feet wide and range in elevation above the substrate from 3.5 to 6 feet.

Additionally, the applicant has stated that the groin will maximize the width of the beach in front of the residences it protects, while not significantly impacting neighboring beaches.