As part of our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant, we’re working on increasing awareness about the importance of our local waters and the greater Long Island Sound watershed. So you might catch some fun water facts through our Retain the Rain program, social media, and our newsletter, and we’ll keep a running list of our water facts and photos on this page.
Water Fact #4- June 2019 – Ride Along the River
Water Fact #3- May 2019 – Long Island Sound
Our previous water facts discuss Hartford’s integral connection with the Connecticut River, but how does our incredible river connect to the region as a whole? The Connecticut River feeds into the Long Island Sound, an 18 trillion gallon-estuary where saltwater from the ocean mixes with fresh water from rivers. As the longest river in New England, it’s no surprise that the Connecticut River is a critical feature of the Sound, providing over 70% of the fresh water that enters the estuary.
Designated by Congress as an Estuary of National Significance, the Long Island Sound is an amazing ecosystem and resource, home to over 1,000 different species and driver of various industries including tourism, shipping, recreation, shellfish harvesting, and more. All together, these industries contribute approximately $9 billion to the regional economy each year, and this productivity is only possible with a healthy, clean Long Island Sound. (Sources: Long Island Sound Study, Connecticut River Conservancy)
Water Fact #2- April 2019 – Connecticut River
At over 400 miles long, the Connecticut River is the longest river in New England, stretching from the Canadian border down to the Long Island Sound. Given its immense size, it’s no surprise that the river has a tremendous impact on the region. Its watershed is home to over 2 million residents, around 400 communities, and a variety of threatened and endangered species.
As the oldest and second largest city on the Connecticut River, Hartford plays an important role in maintaining a healthy river and preserving this precious community resource. When we reduce stormwater runoff with rain barrels and pick up litter off the streets, we help keep our river clean of pollution from sewage overflows and trash and preserve habitat for species such as the bald eagle (which can be found nesting right here in Hartford). Want help in keeping our waterways clean? Get free green infrastructure materials as part of our Retain the Rain program. (Source: Connecticut River Conservancy, American Rivers)
Water Fact #1- March 2019 – Connecticut River
*The Hartford Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is funded in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund. The views contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.