Christine Cohen

State Senator

Christine Cohen

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Listening, Advocating & Getting Results

June 30, 2023


GUILFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Christine Cohen, House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora and First Selectman Matt Hoey welcome $3.5 Million from the State Bond Commission for a project to fortify the Lake Quonnipaug Dam. The dam and surrounding area, including residential homes and sections of Route 77 have been subject to flooding. This project is part of the town’s Climate Adaptation and Resilient Infrastructure Program.

“The flooding at the Lake Quonnipaug Dam has been of great concern to our town and I am so pleased to see this project moving forward to prevent future flooding and road closures,” said Sen. Cohen. “I am so proud of our town’s forward-thinking approach to climate resiliency and I’m incredibly grateful to Guilford resident, Comptroller Sean Scanlon for starting this important work, as then representative, and his help in securing the funding. I appreciate Governor Lamont and the Bond Commission for recognizing this as vital infrastructure and continuing to support our town’s needs.”

“This is an important, and timely, allocation for Guilford, which faces significant challenges related to Quonnipaug Dam,” said House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora. “This smart investment by the Bond Commission will help local officials prevent a total failure of the dam while also protecting nearby properties and roads, and I applaud the effort of everyone who has focused on this issue and advocated for this critical allocation of state funds.”

“We are thrilled to receive State bond funding for this critical project which will ensure the integrity of the Lake Quonnipaug Dam, protect downstream properties from flooding and continued use of the State boat launch on the northern part of the lake. The project also includes a realignment of a difficult intersection on Route 77. Guilford taxpayers appreciate the State’s support of this project.” said First Selectman Matt Hoey.