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.

June 10, 2016

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.

April 27, 2016

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.

April 27, 2016

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.)

April 20, 2016

CT Forest & Park Association Presents –

Saving the Oswegatchie Hills – Why a Coastal Forest Matters to ALL of CT.

Have you ever heard of or hiked the Oswegatchie Hills? The Oswegatchie Hills are a fragile coastal forest located totaling approximately 700 acres in southeastern Connecticut on the Niantic River.

While 457 acres are protected as the Oshwegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, 236 acres, the northern third of the Hills, are in jeopardy from a proposed high-density housing development. Join us as Suzanne Thompson, dynamic host of CT Outdoors on WMRD/WLIS radio, gives the latest news on this high profile land battle, provides a virtual tour of the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve and Niantic River, and suggests tips for how you can help protect this special place.

Thursday, April 28
7 pm to 8 pm
CFPA Headquarters
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, CT 06481
For more information and to register please visit Saving the Oshwegatchie Hills

April 18, 2016

Explore Connecticut’s Coast: Then and Now…

Connecticut’s Coast: Then and Now…

… is a new CLEAR story map that guides you through a comparison of scanned 1934 aerial photos of Connecticut’s shoreline with current imagery.  It briefly describes the process, the history of this one-of-a-kind dataset (the statewide 1934 aerials) and coastal processes.  Next, areas of change including marshes, beaches and new land are described and highlighted with “swipes” that allow you to make side-by-side comparisons. Finally, visit ten locations with a time series of multiple dates starting in 1880 and view the coast through the unique perspective of Lidar elevation.

Go to the Story Map




April 4, 2016

USGS Open File Report 2016-1007

Nitrogen loads from selected rivers in the Long Island Sound Basin, 2005–13, Connecticut and Massachusetts


Total nitrogen loads at 14 water-quality monitoring stations were calculated by using discrete measurements of total nitrogen and continuous streamflow data for the period 2005–13 (water years 2006–13). Total nitrogen loads were calculated by using the LOADEST computer program.

Overall, for water years 2006–13, streamflow in Connecticut was generally above normal. Total nitrogen yields ranged from 1,160 to 23,330 pounds per square mile per year. Total nitrogen loads from the French River at North Grosvenordale and the Still River at Brookfield Center, Connecticut, declined noticeably during the study period. An analysis of the bias in estimated loads indicated unbiased results at all but one station, indicating generally good fit for the LOADEST models.

Download this article from the USGS Publications Warehouse at


April 1, 2016

New study quantifies loss of Long Island Sound wetlands

Nearly a third of the wetlands along Long Island Sound have disappeared since the 1880s, representing a serious loss of this vital resource for coastal communities and for fish and wildlife, according to a study released Thursday.   Read more at The Day.

April 1, 2016

Construction to begin Friday on Route 1 bridge over Niantic River

East Lyme — The state Department of Transportation has announced that the first stage of construction for the replacement of the Route 1 bridge over the Niantic River will begin Friday. Click here to read more of this article at The Day.