Connecticut Reserve

State

Connecticut

State Partner

University of  Connecticut

Acres

52,160

Est. Date

2022

The newest site in our System, the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve consists of 52,160 acres in the southeastern part of the state, where the Connecticut and Thames rivers flow into Long Island Sound. The Reserve protects an area with the region’s highest diversity of fish, including Atlantic salmon, and the endangered shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon. It also encompasses areas recognized as ‘wetlands of international importance’ by the Ramsar Convention and opportunities for public access at several preserves and state parks. The area surrounding the Reserve includes North America’s oldest Indian Reservation, the Mashantucket Pequot, as well as ethnically diverse cities like New London.

Did You Know…

Two hundred species of birds rely on the Connecticut Reserve as a migratory stopover, overwintering, and nesting area, and 78 species of fish find habitat in its waters.

Latest News from the Connecticut Reserve

Making Way for Ocean State Marshes

Making Way for Ocean State Marshes

Rhode Island is a small state with big problems. Along its 400+ miles of low lying coastline, many communities are grappling with rising seas and increased flooding …

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DC Download: April 2024

DC Download: April 2024

Last week in DC, the NERRA Board came out in a full court press and learned that support for the Reserve System and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) is growing!

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Investing in the Next Generation

Investing in the Next Generation

As the United States makes historic federal investments in coastal resilience, training up the next generation of coastal professionals is a top priority. Fortunately, there are 30—soon to be 33—Reserves around the country …

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Connecticut Reserve