Shoreline towns get total of $140,000 in harbor improvement funds

A commercial fishing vessel is moored at Lang Dock at Lobster Landing in Clinton in this archive picture Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media

Posted on April 22, 2021

HARTFORD — The State Bond Commission this week approved the allocation of $140,000 in funding for two grants-in-aid under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program in Chester and Clinton.

Those projects, a creek dredging, and an update of a key harbor management plan, will assist the municipalities in improving the infrastructure and management of local waterways, according to a press release from state Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex.

“I’m grateful to Governor Lamont and the Bond Commission for their foresight in funding these projects,” Needleman said in a prepared statement. “Our state’s natural beauty and recreation opportunities are rarely easier seen than in our local creeks, streams, rivers and waterways. This funding will ensure Chester Creek continues to be an important focal point for local ecology and ensure leadership and guidance for use of Clinton’s waterways and marine resources remain up to date and effective.”

Chester received $100,000 for the dredging of Chester Creek, a local creek and freshwater marsh that is vital for migrating waterfowl and several species of fish.

Clinton received $40,000 to update its harbor management plan and study its harbor, which contain natural resources including wetlands, beaches and open water. Updating its plan will lead to safe, equitable and efficient use of the waters for years to come.

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