About Us.

Estuary is for folks who care deeply about the Connecticut River, America’s only National Blueway.

 

We Believe…


that you and many others like you have a deep interest in the Connecticut River … especially its:

RECREATIONAL OFFERINGS including birding, kayaking, photography, hiking, camping, boating and fishing;

HISTORY including its geological beginnings, Indian life, early settlers, the revolutionary war, the impact of the industrial revolution, and the impact of the Clean Water Act and the environmental movement that emerged in the 1970s;

FUTURE CHALLENGES including land conservation, water quality, and the environment for river plants, fish and wildlife.

By “River”, we mean all 410 miles from the Canadian border near Pittsburg, New Hampshire, to Old Saybrook, CT., including its tributaries, in fact its entire watershed.

We Believe …


… it’s okay to call a magazine for this watershed “estuary” because a part of every drop of water in the entire watershed may find its way into the estuary, the tidal and saline lower portion of the river; in that respect, those who live in the lower regions of the river are somewhat dependent upon the care given to the river by those who live in the upper regions. The reverse is also true, but to a lesser degree; those in the lower “stem” of the river are interested in, and may visit, upper regions of the river … to learn about its history, to see its magnificent falls, dams and covered bridges, to hike the trails and kayak and canoe its waters, and to witness and learn from the good works of the river stewards in the upper regions.

60 Years Ago…


… the Connecticut River was deemed a Class D River, suitable only for commercial traffic and waste discharge.

Today…


… the Connecticut river is clean, swimmable and fishable, and is rated a Class B river. It took the federal government to enact, amend, and enforce the Clean Water Act, which resulted in a near-miraculous improvement in the quality of water in the entire river over the past fifty years.

The Future…


… will require more community and more inter-state involvement to move from a clean river to one that remains “healthy and full of life.” We believe the Estuary community can play a role in the years to come by keeping stakeholders in the river informed about events, happenings and trends that matter.

Our Research…


… has shown that there is great unmet demand for a publication devoted entirely, and permanently, to matters related to the Connecticut River and its estuary. We are impressed by the large number of organizations and institutions along the river that have goals and objectives that are complementary to ours. We are collaborating and partnering with these institutions, and perhaps being “the voice” for some. We are impressed by the work of individuals to maintain portions of the river. Estuary will raise public awareness of institutions and individuals dedicated to making a difference!

A Vital Source…


… this river is an important migratory haven for many species of birds, certain endangered species, and many other animals, fish, and forms of plant life. The Connecticut River provides 70% of the fresh water that flows each day into the beleaguered Long Island Sound.
In 2012, the Connecticut River was designated America’s 1st National Blueway in recognition of successful restoration and preservation efforts. The river is a vital source because of its physical characteristics, the 3 million people who live in its watershed, its estimated 15,000 miles of tributary rivers, streams, and other waterways, and the opportunities each represents for recreational activities and scientific studies.

The Connecticut River is also important for what it is not: it is one of the longest rivers in the northern hemisphere with no deep sea port at its mouth, in part because of the significant silting activity there. This is good for the organic matter carried back up the river during rising tides, and for the same reason it makes it a poor location for a deep-water port, requiring costly frequent dredging.

We Will…


… publish a quarterly magazine, both in-print and online, beginning in the spring of 2020. We have enlisted a group of outstanding writers, journalists, photographers, and artists to provide content for the magazine on a regular basis. Our editors are experienced and able to communicate complex, technical and scientific matters to the general public. Most important, they are master storytellers.
Those interested mainly in archival data and the ability to research articles and blogs via digital means, and to correspond, via the most effective social media should be delighted.
Our editorial “departments” are based on community interests.
Power Boating
50%
Sailing
60%
Canoe / Kayak
75%
Science
95%
Fishing
75%
Birding
89%
Hiking
79%
Photography
89%
Conservation
98%
History
95%
We will report regularly on the progress of the lower Connecticut River on its multi-year path to becoming recognized as a federally-designated National Estuarine Research Reserve, or NERR. This designation means that modest federal and state funds will be used for scientific research at specific points in the lower Connecticut River to understand, for example, what is happening to the river’s estuary over time.

And finally, we will commission some of our own feature stories, and science/photo essays. When it comes to science reporting, our job is to communicate science in easy-to-read, non-scientific terms.

Did We Mention…


… that the Connecticut River is extremely photogenic.

Estuary magazine will celebrate this imagery with world-class photography and design worthy of any print magazine you would like to see on your coffee table. There is no end to the visual beauty of the river, whether from professional photographers hanging out of helicopters, or really patient and good amateurs with the ability to find and film nature’s wonders on the nest, in the water, or about to have lunch.