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.
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.
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.
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.
Group seeks to save the preserve
East Lyme — The coalition working to prevent development of 236 acres adjacent to the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve sought to build support for its efforts as its long battle with the would-be developer continues. Read this article by Judy Benson of The Day here.
NRWC Awarded Funding to Conduct Manure Management Outreach and Education
The Niantic River Watershed Committee, Inc. has been awarded funding from the Dominion Foundation to conduct manure management outreach and education to small farms and livestock owners in the Niantic River watershed.
Nitrogen and fecal bacteria are the two main pollutants that affect water quality in the Niantic River, Niantic Bay and Long Island Sound. Shellfishermen know that the presence of fecal bacteria in the river and bay, especially after a heavy rain, results in the closure of shellfish beds. Nitrogen, a necessary plant nutrient, causes excessive aquatic plant and algae growth, degrading the quality of the aquatic habitat for the many species that call the Niantic River home. Both pollutants can be derived from many sources, animal waste among them. NRWC will demonstrate, through an on-farm workshop and distribution of informational material, how livestock owners can reduce the impacts of manure on water quality through simple manure best management practices.
The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Power, is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Foundation annually award about $20 million to causes that protect the environment, promote education and help meet basic human needs. Click here to read more about recent grant recipients.
Beachgrass Restoration at Niantic Bay Boardwalk
On April 9th, the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, Inc., under the direction of Project Manager Jim Gallagher, and with the assistance of the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department, CT Sea Grant and students from East Lyme High School and UConn-Avery Point, planted beach grass in dunes along the Boardwalk beach. American beach grass is an amazingly hardy plant that can survive in the hot, salty and dry dune environment. Because of its dense root structure and ability to grow through accreting sand, beach grass is critical in the formation and stabilization of dunes. The Public Trust and the volunteers planted approximately 400 beach grass shoots to stabilize dunes that have begun to form along the shore of Niantic Bay at the foot of the newly reconstructed boardwalk.
For more information about a long term study being conducted by the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, Inc. see Progress Report #42, published in the November 2015 Post Road Review.
For more information about the beach stabilization project described above, look for the Progress Report #48 by Robert De Santo, PhD in the upcoming May 2016 Post Road Review.
(This post was revised on April 29, 2016 to add JIm Gallagher as the project manager, East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department as a project partner, and to include the informational link to the November 2015 Post Road Review article by Robert De Santo, PhD.)