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Stonington wants to use historic wharf for storm protection

A historic wharf in Connecticut once used as a gangway for wagons to unload 19th century schooners may one day morph into a new, more modern purpose: helping to protect a quaint, shoreline community from rising sea levels.

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed legislation transferring control of the deteriorating rock structure, dating back to 1827, to the town of Stonington from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. Senate was expected to vote on the measure Friday, but it was unclear whether that would happen, given a dispute over an unrelated issue with the bill.

"We've got our fingers crossed that it will not get tripped up with this sort of...