Watershed Committees

Eastern Connecticut Watershed Committees

Baker Cove Watershed Committee

The Baker Cove Watershed Committee was formed with the purpose of reducing fecal coliform bacteria in Groton’s Baker Cove, which is impaired for direct shellfish consumption.

The committee is comprised of interested parties who wish to take local control over improving water quality in Baker Cove. Ideally, the committee will include members from the general public, school groups, local government and non-profit organizations, commerce and industry and other local neighborhood groups and Associations.

The committee will assist in improving water quality in Baker Cove by implementing recommendations from the Baker Cove Abbreviated Watershed-Based Plan (Table 7)  Baker Cove WBP to reduce or eliminate non-point sources of pollution. Some activities may include planning rain gardens and riparian buffers, conducting shoreline clean-ups and holding workshops, as well as spearheading continued efforts to control non-migratory Canada Geese populations.

The Bacwac is always looking for new stakeholders from Groton businesses, places of worship, community groups, educational institutions, residential housing associations, volunteer organizations and others to join in cleaning up Baker Cove watershed. Please feel free to contact Maura Robie, Bacwac coordinator at maura.robie@comcast.net, about how you can participate!

Below are webinars to learn other ways you can make a difference:

What are Riparian Buffers and why can they make a difference?  Webinar by Juliana Barrett, CT Sea Grant https://youtu.be/_oc4KnUkeL0

Healthy Shellfish – how land use-based decisions affect natural shellfish beds and aquaculture. Webinar by Tessa Getchis, CT Sea Grant  https://youtu.be/mz9JER3S5SA

Maintenance Practices for your Septic System. Webinar by Jeff Polhemus of Skip’s Wastewater Systems https://youtu.be/2IeRKYTp-po.

Gardening for Good – Healthy yards for healthy waters – residential lawn and garden practices that protect water quality. Webinar by Judy Preston (LISS & CT Sea Grant) https://youtu.be/qmoWMfSXCk4.

Wequetequock Cove Clean Water Coalition

In June 2023, Eastern Connecticut Conservation District was awarded a 15-month grant to pilot a project. Working with many partners, they will synthesize local water quality data and work to be to facilitate a new collaboration focused on implementing the Anguilla Brook/Wequetequock Cove Watershed Based Plan.

Eastern Connecticut Conservation District expects to achieve the following outcomes:

  • raise awareness and promote the Plan throughout the watershed;
  • hold an informational meeting to recruit committee members and discuss the water quality and habitat concerns in Wequetequock Cove;
  • tour the Cove with conservation professionals to discuss areas of concern and recommended solutions;
  • hold monthly meetings of the committee to develop a work plan and prioritize remediation activities, develop an educational and outreach strategy; and discuss funding strategy to implement the Plan’s recommendations; and
  • plan and participate in the Wequetequock Cove Festival to educate the public and recruit new committee members.

Wequetequock Cove is located in Stonington and its watershed extends in the North Stonington. It is an embayment of Little Narragansett Bay at the most eastern part of Long Island Sound. Water in the cove is polluted and that has degraded the habitat quality in the cove. Contact  Jean.Pillo@comcast.net for more information or if you wish to participate in this effort to address the sources of pollution and help to restore this coastal resource.

This project is being funded in part by The Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation.

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The Little River Healthy Watershed Collaborative is made up of various stakeholders in the Little River watershed (Woodstock/Putnam). This group is focused on improving water quality where known issues exist, and prevention of water quality degradation where the water quality is still healthy. This group formed following recommendations in the Roseland Lake Management Plan (2018) and the Muddy Brook and Little River Water Quality Improvement Plan (2009).

Little River Meetings

10/24/2018 Meeting Notes

3/15/2019 Meeting Notes

3/15/2019 Meeting Presentation by Hillary Kenyon on Review of In-lake Management Options and Recommendations

8/7/2019 Meeting Notes

11/13/2019 Meeting Notes

11/13/2019 Meeting Presentation on Roseland Lake Monitoring Results

February 23, 2021           Little River WS – NWQI/Healthy WS Collaborative ZOOM meeting  Meeting Recording

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March 16, 2022           Little River WS – NWQI/Healthy WS Collaborative ZOOM meeting  Meeting Recording

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