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.
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.
100s of Years Quarrying Granite in the Lower Connecticut River Valley
With help from the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, the Middlesex Land Trust preserved a quarry in Haddam Neck. The Brainerd Quarry Preserve offers ridgeline paths with breathtaking views of the Connecticut River and Haddam Meadows State Park. In the 18th century, granite blocks were split from outcroppings and sent down the steep hillside to be shipped via the river to New York, Philadelphia, and even New Orleans for construction.