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Control of Invasive Plants In and Along the River

Phragmites, Judy Preston

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In January 2020, the State of Connecticut began collecting an Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp fee from anyone who registers or renews a registration of a boat, vessel, or jet ski in Connecticut.

Boaters with out-of-state registrations who boat on Connecticut inland waters will also be required to pay this fee. Monies collected go into the Connecticut Lakes, Rivers, and Ponds Preservation account for grants that support the restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, rivers, and ponds.

The legislature in 2022 established an Office of Aquatic Invasive Species within the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

knotweed near waterways

Gateway Commission Activity

From 2016 to 2018, the Commission successfully partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, The Nature Conservancy and private citizens to rid Ely’s Marsh in Lyme of extensive stands of invasive Phragmites.

In 2018, the Gateway Commission provided a grant of $20,000 to assist in the surveying of invasive in-water invasive plants in the Zone to identify where they are growing. This survey has led to important baseline information that will be used as the efforts to learn how to control and eradicate these invasive plants moves forward.

Resource Information

Hydrilla and Aquatic Invasive Plants

Hydrilla and Aquatic Invasive Plants »

Surveying invasives and a short video outlining the scope of Connecticut’s hydrilla problem.

Phragmites Eradicate

The Problem with Phragmites »

A successful collaborative effort to rid tidal marshes of invasive Phragmites.

invasive species

Phragmites »

Recognizing non-native Phragmites and advice on its control from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Water Chestnut

Aquatic Invasive Species »

Advice from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on best practices with links to educational resources

close-up and wide view of invasive

Water Chestnuts in the Connecticut River »

Fact sheet and video from the Connecticut River Conservancy.

sunrise on the River

Connecticut River Ferries Are Older Than America
Ferries have long been a means to cross rivers. The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, which began service in 1769, was actually used to transport supplies during the Revolutionary War.

Today the Selden III, operated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, runs between the two towns providing a scenic, relaxing crossing for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy superb views on board of Gillette’s Castle on board the ferry, especially heading east.