Lords Cove, Tom Walsh, Shoreline Aerial Photography
Why the River Zone Matters
Protecting the River Since 1973
The mission of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission is to preserve the aesthetic and ecological natural beauty of the lower Connecticut River valley for present and future generations.
Who We Are & What We Do
The Commission was established to preserve the scenic and ecological beauty of the lower Connecticut River valley.
Chester, East Haddam, Essex, Deep River, Haddam, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and RiverCOG representatives form the Commission’s membership.
The Connecticut River, its tidelands, and its tributaries are recognized as among the most important natural, recreational, and scenic areas in the Northeast, and have been called one of the Western Hemisphere’s forty “Last Great Places.”
The Conservation Zone
The Commission’s responsibility is the land generally alongside the river, running from Haddam south to Long Island Sound. Various tributaries and coves are included within the Conservation Zone. A map details the exact zone.
What We Can Do Together
Caring for the river needs organizations and individuals working together. The Commission is proud to join with town governments, stewardship organizations, area professionals, and people who live along or enjoy the river.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting proposals for the State’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grant Program. The program makes…
Join Misha Semenov-Leiva, local architect and a member of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, and Alan Sheiness, of the Lyme Land Trust, for a presentation…
LCRLT 145 Dennison Rd. Essex, CT 06426 Dear Members of the Lower Connecticut River Land Trust: We are writing to ask that you submit nominations…
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Perched high atop a bluff, overlooking the Connecticut River and the Chester-Hadlyme ferry, stands Gillette Castle, a structure as iconic and eccentric as its creator. Legendary actor and playwright William Hooker Gillette, 1853-1937, built this faux medieval…
For years, ecologists tried to pass legislation to require riparian buffers along the state’s rivers, streams, and wetlands. Their goal was to require that vegetation…