Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (CT NERR) Designation

The salt marsh, creeks, and tidal flats

As of Friday, January 14, 2022, the Connecticut NERR (CT NERR) was officially designated by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), becoming the 30th such NERR in the country, a portion of which has been established in “The Zone” (aka the Gateway Conservation Zone.) This designation will be much in the way of research and…

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The Problem with Phragmites

Phragmites Eradicate

Many of us admire the tall, tassel-topped marsh grass along our river shores, thinking it is part of the native habitat. But, most likely, we are looking at a type of Phragmites, or common reed, not original to North America but accidentally introduced, probably as ship ballast released by European boats in the late 1700s.…

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