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2022 - 2023
Connecticut River (CT)

 GRS Project

This project was completed in 2023.  The 15 Geographic Response Strategies that were developed are listed below and are available at the Regional Response Team 1 website located here.

CR-CT-01 Barnes Boat Launch

CR-CT-02 Windsor Locks Canal

CR-CT-03 Kings Island Boat Launch

CR-CT-04 Windsor Meadows Boat Launch

CR-CT-05 Hartford Riverside Park

CR-CT-06 Hartford Great River Park

CR-CT-07 Hartford Charter Oak Landing

CR-CT-08 Cove Park

CR-CT-09 Keeney Cove (A117) Crow Point Cove

CR-CT-10A Mattabessett River

CR-CT-10B Pecausette Meadows (A118)

CR-CT-11 Haddam Meadows Boat Launch

CR-CT-12A Salmon Cove (A119)

CR-CT-12B East Haddam Public Launch

CR-CT-13 Parkers Point/Champman Pond (A120)

CR-CT-14 Hamburg Cove (A124)

CR-CT-15 South and Middle Cove (A110)


EPA Region 1

Karen Way

GRS Project Coordinator


Nuka Research

Mike Popovich

Senior Project Manager


View the Project Overview Presentation 
Initial Work Group/Site Selection Meeting

January 23, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

via Zoom Video Conference

Work Group participants were briefed on project goals and timeline, reviewed the site sensitivity data compiled by Work Group members including the EPA, CT DEEP, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Nuka Research, and identified 15 sites for GRS development.

Site Surveys

May 16, 2023 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

May 17, 2023 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Work Group Participants
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Connecticut  Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Towns of:
    • Enfield
    • Sufield
    • Windsor Locks
    • East Windsor
    • Windsor
    • South Windsor
    • Hartford
    • East Hartford
    • Wethersfield
    • Glastonbury
    • Rocky Hill
    • Cromwell
    • Portland
    • Middletown
    • East Hampton
    • Haddam
    • East Haddam
    • Chester
    • Lyme
    • Old Lyme
    • Deep River
    • Essex
    • Old Saybrook

Work Group members conducted site surveys at multiple predetermined locations to obtain additional information about each GRS site, to inform the development of tactics, logistics, and other elements.

Tactics Sub-Group Meeting

June 15, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

via Zoom Video Conference

The Tactics Sub-Group was comprised of select individuals from the project Work Group with direct experience and expertise in inland spill response, GRS development, and/or in-depth knowledge of the Connecticut River. The Sub-Group reviewed the draft GRS maps showing the tactics and strategies recommended by the site survey team. Changes to these initial tactics and strategies were made and draft GRS were developed for final review by the Work Group. 

Final Work Group Meeting

August 3, 2023 10:00 am - 11:30 am

via Zoom Video Conference

This was the final meeting of the Connecticut River GRS Work Group. During this meeting, each draft GRS was presented for review and comment prior to finalization.

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