What Can I Do?

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While the Connecticut River Gateway Commission and the eight towns in the Zone are working to preserve the beauty and health of the river valley, your role as a homeowner, builder, architect, arborist, landscaper, realtor or some who enjoys time on and along the river is especially important.

Here are some ways you can help.

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As a homeowner, you have an important role in what you do on your property. Professionals can help you realize your plans.

The Land Use Process & Zoning Permits »

Land Protection Agreements »

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Architects and Builders

Creative options can make a home blend beautifully into the river valley’s environment.

Design Within the Environment »

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Arborists, Landscapers, and Tree Services

Your expert solutions can please clients and keep neighborhoods scenic.

Trees & Vegetation »

Riparian Buffers & Landscape Plantings »

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As a local professional, you can explain how protection of the Zone preserves a neighborhood’s attractiveness and maintains property values.

Representing Clients in the Zone »

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On the Water

Whenever you enjoy the river, please join in keeping it safe and healthy.

River Safety and Health Tips »

A Riverquest Trip

All of Us

If you live in one of the eight river valley towns within the Zone, please support efforts to protect the river. A natural, healthy river strengthens local economies.

Find Your Local Land Trust »

Towns' Land Conservation & State Organizations »

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Connecticut’s Largest Island is in Lyme

Selden Island on the east side of the Connecticut River was created in 1854 by storm runoff that separated it from mainland Lyme. At 604 acres, it is the largest Connecticut island. Once a farm and later a stone quarry that produced red granite schist for paving, today it contains Selden Neck State Park which is only accessible by boat — as the state’s sole island state park.