Science &
Conservation

Read our stories about conservation efforts to improve the quality of the river waters, fish ladders, dam removal, invasive plants, restoring habitats, even the geology of the river from ancient times to today.

Turn & Face the River

May 31, 2022

Though it is only ten thousand years old, a river like this always seems eternal. After all, it flows on and on, apparently able to swallow all our human wrongs and carry them away....

Below the Surface- Ugly is Good

May 31, 2022

It seemed like just another spring day when we stopped at the Salmon River, a tidewater tributary of the Connecticut River that splits the towns of Haddam and East Haddam, Connecticut....

Gardening for Good

May 31, 2022

“For the first time in history, gardens have taken on a role that transcends the gardener.”...

Brownfields

February 28, 2022

If you were a robin returning to the Connecticut River in the spring of 1970, you would have seen compromised industrial sites along the riverbanks....

New England’s First State Forest

February 28, 2022

From the rocky knob of Great Hill at the southern tip of Meshomasic State Forest, I gazed at a big bend the Connecticut River takes in the middle distance, with ridges fading to gray-blue behind it....

Lyme Land Trust

February 28, 2022

There are about 100 land trusts in the Connecticut River Watershed, plus four state land trust associations, plus a national association....

New Reserve

February 28, 2022

Residents of Connecticut should be proud that, on January 14, 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved Connecticut’s application for a National Estuarine Research Reserve (CT NERR)....

Water and Forests

February 28, 2022

Anyone who studies rivers knows that the land cover in a watershed is the number one predictor of the health of a river....

Invasive Plants- Phragmites

February 28, 2022

By now, knowledge that invasive plants are bad news is pretty widespread. Numerous articles and agencies cite “billions of dollars” in damages annually to agriculture and fisheries; they are the “leading cause” of population decline and extinction in animals....

Below the Surface- Returning Home

February 28, 2022

It seemed like just another spring day when we stopped at the Salmon River, a tidewater tributary of the Connecticut River that splits the towns of Haddam and East Haddam, Connecticut....

Below the Surface – Restoring Fish Runs

December 1, 2021

It seemed like just another spring day when we stopped at the Salmon River, a tidewater tributary of the Connecticut River that splits the towns of Haddam and East Haddam, Connecticut....

The Hunter-Conservationist

December 1, 2021

By John Buck Walking slowly through the forest of sugar maple, white ash, and yellow birch, our path skirted the edge of a farm field abandoned long ago. My good friend Tim and I were in the wee hours of daylight of our first outing during Vermont’s Ruffed Grouse season. Even stronger than our high regard for this forest-dwelling, chicken ... Read More

Invasive Plants – Oriental Bittersweet

December 1, 2021

By now, knowledge that invasive plants are bad news is pretty widespread. Numerous articles and agencies cite “billions of dollars” in damages annually to agriculture and fisheries; they are the “leading cause” of population decline and extinction in animals....

The Battle for Fenwick’s Shoreline

September 1, 2021

Surrounded by water on three sides -most dramatically by the Connecticut River to the north and east and by Long Island Sound to the south—the Borough of Fenwick is on the front lines of climate change....

Japanese Barberry

September 1, 2021

By now, knowledge that invasive plants are bad news is pretty widespread. Numerous articles and agencies cite “billions of dollars” in damages annually to agriculture and fisheries; they are the “leading cause” of population decline and extinction in animals....

Dam Removals

September 1, 2021

It seemed like just another spring day when we stopped at the Salmon River, a tidewater tributary of the Connecticut River that splits the towns of Haddam and East Haddam, Connecticut....