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Layer: Harbor Management Areas (ID: 11)

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Description: Each harbor management area is defined in the municipal town code, and sometimes also mapped in the harbor management plan itself. The vertecies described in the town codes were located and mapped to form these areas; the specifics of each and the source document link is given below. In general, in-water verticies are located on buoys or other navigational features such as breakwaters, lighthouses, etc. These were located on NOAA RNC provided online. Town boundaries, shoreline, and shelfish jurisdiction lines are provided online by the State of Connecticut and were used in the construction of these polygons. Note that there are several assumptions and caviats with this mapping:All Federal and State-published GIS data is assumed to be best available source; e.g., town lines are accurateTown N/S jurisdictions in LIS correspond with mapped shellfish management linesOnly LIS-relevant HMAs are mapped; others exist in the Connecticut and Thames Rivers not represented hereWhere mapped jurisdiction or shellfish lines were not available HMA boarders were drawn as close to the centerline (not thalweg) of channels and rivers as possible. Where southern boundaries were not identified in the relevant Harbor Management Plan, the HMA was drawn to a simplified 30-foot contour running aproxamitely E/W (Groton City)HMA jurisdiction lines tied to features on a nautical chart were drawn using largest-scale (most zoomed in) available chart; at other scales features may be drawn differentlyDefined jurisdictions and sources:GreenwichWithin that area bounded on the east by so much of the line separating the Town of Greenwich from the Town of Stamford as lies north of the forty-first parallel of latitude; on the south by a line running from the intersection of the Town line with the forty-first parallel westerly to Flat Neck Point, thence southwesterly through lighted bell buoy No. 1 east of Little Captains Island, thence southwesterly to red nun buoy No. 2 immediately southwesterly of Great Captains Island, and thence to the State line on a line running northwesterly through black can buoy No. 1 on Manursing Reef at the entrance to Port Chester Harbor; on the west by the line between New York and Connecticut, and on the north by the shore line of the Town of Greenwich, the Selectmen of the Town shall have authority to....https://www.greenwichct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3180/Harbor-Management-Plan---Chapters-PDFStamfordThe SHMA includes the Stamford Harbor and all of the other navigable waters and intertidal areas of the city below the mean high water line within Stamfor'ds territorial limid, bounded by the projection into Long Island Sound of the boundary lines of the neighboring municipalities of Greenwich to the west and Darien to the east. On the south, the SHMA is bounded by a straight line running from buoy 34 to buoy 32 and thence to buoy 30 in the Sound where that straight line is withing the projection of the boundary lines of the neighboring municipalities. The SHMA includes the lower, tidally influenced reaches of the Rippowam River upstream to the Mill River Dam as well as Stamford's jurisdiction on Holly Pond and the Noroton River upstream to Route 1https://www.stamfordct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif1256/f/u358/stamford_hr.pdfNorwalkSee map in Norwalk Harbor Management Plan Chapter 5 of linkhttps://www.norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/913/07-chapter-5?bidId=Fairfield (Southport area)For the purpose of this chapter and to define the jurisdiction of the Harbor Management Commission, the Fairfield Harbor Management Area is defined to include Southport Harbor and adjacent areas, including:A. Southport Inner Harbor, which includes the area below the mean high waterline in the Mill River from the Tide Mill Dam (also called the Mill Pond Dam) at the head of navigation and extending southwest to the southern end of the breakwater at the entrance into Long Island Sound.B. Southport Outer Harbor, which includes the area bounded on the north by Southport Beach, the entrance to the Inner Harbor and Sasco Hill Beach; on the east by a line running southeast from Kensie Point through Sunken Island, then running south to bell R 22, then running northwest to the Westport boundary at the approximately five-foot deep waters of Long Island Sound, then running along the Westport boundary to Sasco Brook and including the Southport Light and nine-foot buoyed channel.C. The Sasco Brook area, which includes the area below the mean high waterline in Sasco Brook from the bridge at U.S. Highway No. 1 south, and east of the Fairfield/Westport boundary line in said brook, to the waters of Long Island Sound."https://ecode360.com/8186664BridgeportThe harbor management commission shall have jurisdiction concurrently with federal and state jurisdiction of all navigable waters as defined by Connecticut General Statutes Section 15-03a, bounded by the projection of the boundary lines of Fairfield on the west to latitude 41°8′ on the south to the projection of the boundary line of Stratford on the east and below the mean high water mark of the real property located on, in or contiguous to the navigable waters of the city of Bridgeporthttps://library.municode.com/ct/bridgeport/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT2ADPE_CH2.96HAMACO_2.96.010CROMStratfordThe Harbor Management Area should include all of the area within the territorial limits of the Town, seaward of the mean high water line and bounded on the north by the Stratford/Shelton boundary, on the east by the Stratford/Milford boundary in the Housatonic River, and on the west by the Stratford/Bridgeport boundary. To enable adequate Town attention to such management concerns as beach use and replenishment, shoreline erosion, construction and repair of shore protection structures, littoral transport of sediment, remediation of contaminated sediments, water quality, management of natural shellfish beds, board sailing, small boat launching, surf fishing, swimming, use of personal watercraft, and other water-use considerations, the Harbor Management Area should be bounded on the south by an imaginary line in Long island Sound 1,000 feet offshore. This Harbor Management Area should be considered the Town’s area of “active” harbor management within the Town’s overall territorial limits which, on the south, extend to the Connecticut/New York boundary in the center of Long Island Sound.http://www.townofstratford.com/filestorage/39879/40023/42593/Stratford_harbor_plan.pdfMilfordThe Harbor Management Commission shall have jurisdiction within the area located on, in or contiguous to the waters of the Wepawaug River, Indian River and Beard's Creek seaward to a line from Welches Point to Charles Island and along the tombolo or sand bar to the high water mark at Silver Sands Beach. The Harbor Management Commission shall also have authority over the area 29 that lies within the Milford boundary of the East side of the Housatonic River from the Milford/Orange town boundary line to the southern end of the breakwater at Milford Point.https://www.ci.milford.ct.us/sites/g/files/vyhlif3461/f/file/file/harbor_plan_complete.pdfWest HavenThe territorial limits of the West Haven Harbor Management Area shall include all of the navigable waters and intertidal areas of the City waterward of the mean high water line within the territorial limits of the City, bounded by the boundary of the City of New Haven in the West River and New Haven Harbor to the east and the boundary of the City of Milford in the Oyster River on the west. On the south, the HMA shall be bounded by a straight line that runs, within the projection of the boundary lines of the neighboring municipalities, generally from Morgan Point in New Haven to Merwin Point in Milford. (Page 6-32 [149 of 300])https://www.cityofwesthaven.com/DocumentCenter/View/1698/Harbor-Management-Plan-Final-PDF?bidId=GuilfordThe Guilford Harbor Sector…lies between Hogshead Point on the East and Tuttles Point to the West; thence, southeasterly to Bell Buoy #4 at the entrance of the Federal channel into the harbor.http://www.ci.guilford.ct.us/wp-content/uploads/pdf-BOS_Adopted_FINAL_HMP_12-03-12.pdfClintonThe Harbor Management Commission shall have jurisdiction within the area located in or contiguous to all tidal waters which are within the territorial limits of the Town of Clinton and are below the mean high-water line, bounded by the projection of the boundary line of neighboring towns....The jurisdiction of the Harbor Management Commission include the area located in or contiguous with all tidal waters within the territorial limits of the Town and below the mean high water line. This area of jurisdiction include the lower reaches of the Hammonasset, Indian, and Hammock Rivers as they flow into Clinton Harbor and Long Island Sound as well as the inner and outer portion of the Harbor and the area adjacent to Clinton Beach.https://ecode360.com/12730226https://clintonct.org/DocumentCenter/View/4655/Harbor-Management-Plan?bidId=WestbrookThe Harbor Management Commission shall have jurisdiction within the area located in or contiguous to all tidal waters which are within the territorial limits of the Town of Clinton and are below the mean high-water line, bounded by the projection of the boundary line of neighboring towns....The jurisdiction of the Harbor Management Commission include the area located in or contiguous with all tidal waters within the territorial limits of the Town and below the mean high water line. This area of jurisdiction include the lower reaches of the Hammonasset, Indian, and Hammock Rivers as they flow into Clinton Harbor and Long Island Sound as well as the inner and outer portion of the Harbor and the area adjacent to Clinton Beach.https://westbrookct.us/DocumentCenter/View/63/Westbrook-Harbor-Management-Plan-PDFOld SaybrookSection 3 of Town Ordinance No. 77 establishes the jurisdiction of the Commission as the " waters within the territorial boundaries of the Town of Old Saybrook below mean high water, with the exception of the waters within the jurisdiction of the Fenwick Harbor Management Commission." The HMA encompasses Old Saybrook's municipal jurisdiction on the Connecticut River, North and South coves, the Oyster River, nearshore Long Island Sound, and other navigable waters seaward of the mean high water line. (See Figure 1-4.)...While the Town's overall territorial limits extend to the Connecticut/New York boundary in the center of Long Island Sound, the HMA delineates a more specific area of "active" harbor management jurisdiction in nearshore Long Island Sound. This area is bounded by an imaginary line extending due south for 1,000 feet from the Old Saybrook/Westbrook boundary at the mouth of Cold Spring Brook, then in a generally southeasterly direction to the center of Halftide Rock, then in a generally east-southeasterly direction to a point 1,000 feet due south of Cornfield Point, and then in a generally easterly direction following a straight line through a point 1,000 feet due south of the Saybrook Breakwater Light to the Old Saybrook/Old Lyme boundary in Long Island Sound. (See Figure 1-4.)...In the Connecticut River, Old Saybrook's municipal jurisdiction extends to the center line of the River; that line also marks the western boundary of the jurisdiction of the Town of Old Lyme. Upstream of the HMA, the towns of Essex and Lyme share jurisdiction on the Connecticut River.https://www.oldsaybrookct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3626/f/uploads/harbor_management_plan_-_june_2003_searchable.pdfOld Saybrook (Fenwick)The Harbor Management Ordinance establishes the jurisdiction of the Harbor Management Commission as all of the waters within the territorial boundaries of the Borough below the mean high water line and bounded by “a line running northerly and perpendicular to the shore from the northwest corner of the Borough to the centerline of South Cove, thence easterly along the centerline of the Cove to the west side of the Connecticut River channel, thence southerly along the channel to the south end of the Federal west jetty, thence westerly maintaining the same distance from the shore to a point of intersection with a line perpendicular to the shore from the southwest corner of the Borough, and thence to the southwest corner of the Borough.” (See Figure 1-4.∗) As so defined, the HMA encompasses a total of about 480 acres of open water surface on South Cove, the Connecticut River, and Long Island Sound. This total does not include Crab Creek and the intertidal area adjoining the Creek. https://www.boroughoffenwick.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif571/f/file/file/hm-plan.pdf Old LymeUnless otherwise provided, each provision of this Ordinance relating to Old Lyme waters shall apply from the mean high water mark out to: The West from the Lyme/Old Lyme border to the middle of the Connecticut River, southerly to Long Island Sound extending 1000 feet into the sound and East to the middle of Four Mile River.https://www.oldlyme-ct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3616/f/uploads/harbor_management_planfinalrev29may19.pdfEast LymeThe Town’s area of municipal jurisdiction for harbor management purposes, defined in the Harbor Management Ordinance, includes the tidal waters and intertidal areas within the territorial limits of the Town waterward of the Mean High Water (MHW) line and bounded on the south in Long Island Sound by an imaginary line extending from Hatchett’s Point easterly to the southerly end of Black Point and thence easterly to Millstone Point; on the west by the East Lyme/Old Lyme town boundary; and on the east by the East Lyme/Waterford town boundary. This area of jurisdiction, known as the East Lyme Harbor Management Area (HMA), includes that part of the Niantic River within the jurisdiction of the Town upstream to Banning Cove, including Smith Cove, as well as much of Niantic Bay, the Pattagansett River estuary, and nearshore areas of Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Giants Neck and Rocky Neck.https://eltownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/East-Lyme-Harbor-Management-Plan-March-2019-Draft-for-Adoption.pdfWaterfordThe Jurisdiction of this Harbor Management Plan is: The area of navigable waters below mean high water within the territorial limits of the Town of Waterford and boarded by the projection of the boundary line of neighboring municipalities by but not limited to the following areas: ... B. North of a line extending from White Rock to Rapid Rock, easterly from the Waterford/East Lyme border to the Waterford/New London boundary, Cormorant Rock, including the area of Jordan Cover to the Jordan Mill Pond Dam and Alewife Cove to the 213 Bridge...https://www.waterfordct.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif4006/f/uploads/harbor_management_plan.pdfNew LondonNew London HarborManagement Area (HMA) defines the jurisdiciton fo the New London Port Authority for harbor management purposes and encompasses all navigable waters and inter-tidal areas below the mean high water line of the shoreline of the City of New London and within the territorial limits of the City, bounded on the south by a staight line running from the south breakwater at the mouth of Alewife Cove to Avery Point.As of this writing New London is preparing a plan and does not have an approved jurisdiction; what is included is draft; above description was provided by Geoffrey Steadman in a personal communication Groton (City)The Jurisdiction of this Harbor Management Plan is: The area of navigable waters below mean high water within the territorial limits of the Town of Waterford and boarded by the projection of the boundary line of neighboring municipalities by but not limited to the following areas: ... B. North of a line extending from White Rock to Rapid Rock, easterly from the Waterford/East Lyme border to the Waterford/New London boundary, Cormorant Rock, including the area of Jordan Cover to the Jordan Mill Pond Dam and Alewife Cove to the 213 Bridge...https://cityofgroton.com/download/Boards-and-Commissions/harbor_management_commission/Harbor-Management-Proposed-Plan-December-2006.pdfNote that the City of Groton does not define a southern border to its harbor management area, either on maps or in text. The southern extent used here is a reasonable approximation at the 30-foot contour.Groton (Noank)Within the area of navigable waters below mean high water within territorial limits of the Town and bounded by the projection of the boundary line of neighboring municipalities, as delimited by the following harbor areas: 1. Noank Harbor, Lower Mystic River, West Cove, Palmer’s Cove, and Beebe Cove.http://www.groton-ct.gov/town_gov/bccdocs/Harbor%20Mgt.pdfStonington (Mystic River)The jurisdictional area of the Mystic Harbor Management Commission is the water area seaward from the Mean High Water MHW and otherwise contained within the following bounds. Starting at buoy N6 east of Enders Island the southerly boundary is a straight line extending from N6 (a) tangent to the northern edge of Ram Island (b) to its intersection with the Groton Stonington Town Line Continuing from this intersection in a northerly direction the westerly boundary follows the Town Line until it intersects the eastern shore of the Mystic River in Old Mystic The boundary continues southward from this intersection following the shore of the Mystic River until it reaches US Route 1 at the drawbridge. The boundary turns easterly at this point following the southern edge of Rt 1 until its intersection with Masons Island Road. The boundary continues in a southerly direction from this intersection following the Masons Island road until it reaches the center of the Riding Way bridge (c) The boundary then continues in a southerly direction along the eastern edge of the Special Anchorage area to the east of Masons Island. At the southeastern corner of the Special Anchorage area the boundary continues in a southeasterly direction to buoy N6, the starting pointhttps://www.stonington-ct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3851/f/file/file/mystic_harbor_management_plan_may_1995.pdfStonington (Stonington Harbor)"The territorial limits of the waters which shall constitute the jurisdictional limits of the Commission, shall include the following:(a) the waters laying east of Wamphassuc Point, south of the Conrail railroad embankment and the shoreline eastward to the Borough of Stonington, west of the western shoreline of the Borough of Stonington and north of the westerly breakwater and of a line between its eastern end and the red and green buoy ""SP"" laying south of Stonington point, (and to)(b) the waters laying east of the eastern shoreline of the Borough of Stonington and north of the line running from the aforesaid buoy ""SP"" true East to the Connecticut-Rhode Island border, thence following the state border north and thence generally eastward to buoy ""19"", thence north to the tip of Pawcatuck Point."https://www.stonington-ct.gov/special-acts-and-local-ordinances/pages/stonington-harbor-management-commStonington (Pawcatuck River)The territorial limits of the waters which shall constitute the jurisdictional limits of the Commission, shall include the following: all the waters in the Pawcatuck River bounded in the westerly direction by the mean high water mark, bounded in a generally easterly direction by the Connecticut-Rhode Island border, bounded in the northerly direction by the Pawcatuck River Bridge (U.S. Route 1), and bounded on the south by buoy "19" and a line from buoy "19" to Pawcatuck Point.https://www.stonington-ct.gov/special-acts-and-local-ordinances/pages/pawcatuck-river-harbor-management-comm

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Copyright Text: This dataset was created by Christian Fox of TNC Connecticut and made possible by funding from Connecticut Sea Grant. Geoffrey Steadman provided insight on where to locate jurisdictions for Harbor Management Areas.

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