The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection can ask homeowners to cease work, waterward of the high tide line, and to contribute money to a supplemental environmental project. Allegedly, the respondents own property in Branford that is adjacent to Long Island Sound and hired a contractor, George Linsley, to repair a concrete wall along the shoreline, waterward of the high tide line. A 2011 certificate of permission required that Linsley use handheld equipment and place construction-related debris on tarps. Allegedly, the respondents' contractor used heavy equipment to excavate, in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §22a-361. The respondents signed a consent order with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The respondents agreed to cease work waterward of the high tide line, without written authorization of the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and to pay $2,500, to fund a supplemental environmental project.

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