Sponsored by the Connecticut DEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs
The coastal study area consists of the 36 Coastal Area Towns in Connecticut (shown in green) and six addition towns that border the Connecticut River (shown in red).
The coastal boundary is a small ribbon of land is shown in darker blue.
Mouse over the image below to see town names. The final image is a blow up of a coastal area to show the extent of the coastal boundary.
CT's coastal area and boundary are defined by statute [Coastal Management Act Sec. 22a-90 et seq] as:
Coastal area; coastal boundary. Commissioner to prepare maps. (a) The
Connecticut coastal area shall include the land and water within the
area delineated by the following: The westerly, southerly and easterly
limits of the state's jurisdiction in Long Island Sound; the towns of
Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport,
Stratford, Shelton, Milford, Orange, West Haven, New Haven, Hamden,
North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook,
Deep River, Chester, Essex, Old Saybrook, Lyme, Old Lyme, East Lyme,
Waterford, New London, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Ledyard, Groton
(b) Within the coastal area, there shall be a coastal boundary which shall be a continuous line delineated on the landward side by the interior contour elevation of the one hundred year frequency coastal flood zone, as defined and determined by the National Flood Insurance Act, as amended (USC 42 Section 4101, P.L. 93-234), or a one thousand foot linear setback measured from the mean high water mark in coastal waters, or a one thousand foot linear setback measured from the inland boundary of tidal wetlands mapped under section 22a-20, whichever is farthest inland; and shall be delineated on the seaward side by the seaward extent of the jurisdiction of the state.