State of the Watershed Meeting
On September 23, 2011, the Niantic River Watershed Committee hosted a State of the Watershed meeting for local, state and federal stakeholders and partners.
The meeting was held in Nett Hall at Camp Niantic in East Lyme, overlooking the beautiful Niantic River. Approximately 50 stakeholders were in attendance, including municipal partners, Ledge Light Health District, University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, Ct Department of Health, Ct Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the US Geological Survey. East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica welcomed participants to Camp Niantic and East Lyme. The meeting was moderated by Watershed Coordinator Judy Rondeau. Click here for the meeting agenda.
Speakers included MaryBeth Hart of CT DEEP, Chris Tomichek of Kleinschmidt Associates, Scott Gravatt of the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD), and Eric Thomas of CT DEEP. Several watershed partners, including the East Lyme Conservation Commission, the USGS, the Town of East Lyme, the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District and Nature’s Fingerprint, prepared poster and/or short visual presentations for attendees to view.
- Origins of the Niantic River Watershed Project – Marybeth Hart – CT DEEP – Office of Long Island Sound Programs
- Creation of Niantic River Watershed Protection Plan – Chris Tomichek – Kleinschmidt Associates
- Summary of Niantic River Coordinator Year 1 – Scott Gravatt – Eastern CT Conservation District (ECCD)
- Summary of Niantic River Coordinator Years 2 and 3 – Judy Rondeau – Niantic River Watershed Coordinator (ECCD)
- The Bigger Picture: How watershed protection on local levels benefits water quality protection of Long Island Sound– Eric Thomas– CT DEEP Watershed & LID Program
- Where do we go from here – what is next for the Niantic River? – Panel discussion
This meeting was made possible in part by funding from CT DEEP through a US EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 grant.
Niantic River Watershed partners periodically present programs on research occurring in the Niantic River Watershed.
Browse this area for information on recent partner research and research done in the watershed by others.
Changes in the Fish & Macroinvertebrate Assemblage of the Niantic River Over the Past 33 Years, Don Danila and Don Landers, Millstone Environmental Laboratory
What is Killing the Eelgrass in the Niantic River Estuary? A Biogeochemical Study of Eutrophication, John P. Jasper, Nature’s Fingerprint/MIT LLC.
A Preliminary Biogeochemical Assessment of the Niantic River Estuary, John P. Jasper, Nature’s Fingerprint/MIT LLC.
Latimer Brook: [NOx] and Mixing , John P. Jasper, Nature’s Fingerprint/MIT LLC.
Low Impact Development Presentation:
Watershed Management and Low Impact Development in the Niantic River Watershed, by Jessica Morgan – LID Coordinator, CT DEEP Watershed, Lakes and NPS Programs (9-29-10)
Landscaping forWater Quality, by Judy Rondeau, Niantic Watershed Coordinator (4-9-11)
For more information on Landscaping for Water Quality, click here to connect to the Landscaping for Water Quality page.
Establishing Restoration Objectives for Eelgrass in Long Island Sound, Long Island Sound Resource Center
Preliminary Assessment of Chloride Concentrations, Loads, and Yields in Selected Watersheds along the Interstate 95 Corridor, Southeastern Connecticut, 2008–09, by Craig J. Brown, John R. Mullaney, Jonathan Morrison, and Remo Mondazzi
The Niantic River Watershed Website is funded in part by the CT DEEP through a US EPA Nonpoint Source grant under §319 of the Clean Water Act.