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Long Island Sound Dredged Material Containment Feasibility Study. Island/Shoal Screening Report.
LONG ISLAND SOUND TASK FORCE STAMFORD CT
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This study is an initial review designed to identify factors which would eliminate or justify further consideration of a site for a containment facility on the Connecticut Coast. Construction of any containment facility along the Coast inherently involves replacement of on habitat with another. Nearshore shallow waters are considered to be more biological productive than deeper offshore waters. This is the difference between altering existing productive habitat of shallow waters and creating new habitat through artificial island construction in deeper waters. This factor played an important role in rejecting use of Norwalk Islands and Thimble Islands as containment facility sites. The question of using clean or contaminated sediments in filling containment facilities was discussed in this report. Duck Island Roads appear to be the most promising location studied for a containment site. FalknerGoose Island and Stratford Shoal both need additional study as potential offshore artificial island sites. If a more acceptable site cannot be found in Western Long Island Sound, then Captain Harbor should be studied.
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