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Aug. 7, 2017

Connecticut’s ocean economy grew in 2014, report shows

Connecticut’s ocean economy grew by nearly 1 percent during 2014, with the tourism and recreation sector employing the most workers, and the ship and boat building sector contributing the highest value in terms of wages, according to a new federal report.

 The report, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management, shows employment growth nationally in the ocean economy of 2.5 percent from 2013 to 2014 and growth in goods and services of 15.6 percent from 2007 to 2014. The ocean economy includes living resources, marine construction, marine transportation, offshore mineral extraction, ship and boat building and tourism and recreation.

 State-specific information in the report shows Connecticut’s ocean economy employed about 51,000 people, generating $2 billion in wages and $4.2 billion in gross domestic product. That’s just over 3 percent of the state’s total employment, about 2 percent of its wages and 1.7 percent of its GDP, according to the report.

 Most of the ocean economy workforce was based in Fairfield County, in tourism and recreation-related businesses, according to the report. New London County, where submarine builder Electric Boat is located, supplied the largest proportion of the ocean economy GDP. The ship and boat building sector statewide contributed $1.4 billion of Connecticut’s total gross domestic products, the report found.

The report’s findings highlight the importance of the ocean economy to Connecticut. Although it is the nation’s third smallest state in land area, and 29th in population, it ranks 15th in ocean economy employment and 14th in GDP among the 30 coastal states.

 To access the report, visit:

 More information can also be found on the Economics: National Ocean Watch data page at:

Re-posted from Connecticut Sea Grant Research Announcements.

July 25, 2017

Eelgrass on Decline in Narragansett Bay, Coastal Ponds

KINGSTON, R.I. — Michael Bradley calls eelgrass “the canary in the coal mine for estuarine health.” The flowering plant that grows beneath the surface of coastal waters and salt ponds provides nursery habitat for shellfish and finfish, while also dampening wave energy, stabilizing sediments, and serving as an indicator of clean water.

Read this article from ecoRI News at 

July 13, 2017

Come Celebrate East Lyme Day!!

Join NRWC members on Main Street this Saturday for East Lyme. Learn about the watershed and activities NRWC has undertaken to preserve and protect the Niantic River.

July 13, 2017


Join staff and volunteers at the Children’s Museum of Southeast Connecticut for hands-on sessions about water and our coastal communities. This program is a collaboration with Save Oswegatchie Hills Coalition founders and Niantic River Watershed Committee.

July 12 – Niantic River Watershed
What’s a watershed? Where does its water come from, and where does it go? How can we keep our streams, rivers and Long Island Sound waters clean, swimmable and home for aquatic life? Make it rain on farms, yards and streets of our EnviroScape®! See where you are on our big map of the Niantic River Watershed!

July 26 – Oswegatchie Hills Wetlands
What are wetlands? Who lives in them? Why do we need to protect them? Create a rainstorm on our wetlands EnviroScape® and see how wetlands help protect our rivers and streams from pollution. See what plants and animals depend on the wetlands in the Oswegatchie Hills. Plan your next trip to Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve in East Lyme!

August 9 – Long Island Sound & Beaches
How healthy is your favorite beach? Meet a local “Sound Sleuther” volunteer who is testing Niantic Bay. Use our EnviroScape® to learn about point and non-point source pollution and what you can do to protect our beaches. See the 2016 Long Island Sound Report Card!

For more details you can download this event flyer: CMSECT_WaterWed2017_8.5×11

April 4, 2017

East Lyme students win award for documentary on environment

Three East Lyme High School seniors recently won an award for a documentary that tries to bring the issue of preserving open space and the environment to the forefront.

Click here to read this article by Kimberly Drelich of The Day.

January 24, 2017

CT DEEP Posts Interactive RBV (Riffle Bio-assessment for Volunteers) Story Map to Website

Using recent and historic RBV data, DEEP has created a story map showing where each of the RBV ‘most wanted’ insect types have been  found in CT. RBV, or Riffle Bio-assessment for Volunteers, is a methodology for assessing the relative health of a stream system based on the types of riffle-dwelling aquatic insects found in it. Aquatic insects form an important part of the aquatic foodweb, providing food for fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Certain types of aquatic insects are very sensitive to pollution, and their presence or absence from a stream can be used to make a relative assessment about how healthy a stream is, and therefore how likely it is to support a robust and diverse habitat. The story map, which is an interactive, geographically-linked on-line map, shows where pollutant-sensitive – ‘most wanted’ insects –  have been found in Connecticut’s streams, as well as information and photographs about each type of insect.  Click here to access the story map.

To learn more about the DEEP RBV program, click here.

Capture DEEP Story Map

Dec. 4, 2016

Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound Releases 2016 Long Island Sound Report Card.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound 2016 Long Island Sound Report Card

Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound 2016 Long Island Sound Report Card

Read more at CFE/STS.

Nov. 28, 2016

Hazard mitigation plan for region being updated

To make the region less vulnerable to hurricanes, floods and severe winter storms, local officials are updating a hazard mitigation plan that will identify actions that should be taken to reduce the most significant risks. Click here to read this article by Judy Benson of The Day.

Nov. 27, 2016

Nonprofit awarded grants in effort to preserve open space in East Lyme, Waterford

A nonprofit focused on sustainable forest management was awarded two state grants to help preserve land in East Lyme and Waterford, as part of its larger goal to protect area forestland.

The New England Forestry Foundation, based in Massachusetts, is receiving the grants under the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program.

Visit The Day to read this article by Kimberly Drelich.

June 15, 2016

New four-town trail opening Saturday

A 14-mile trail connecting protected forests and fields in East Lyme, Salem, Lyme and East Haddam will open Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the western trailhead at Chapel Farm Preserve in East Haddam. Read this article by Judy Benson of The Day here.