CT Fund for the Environment
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New Haven, CT 06510
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Habitat Restoration

Fish Swimming Freely = A Healthier Ecosystem!

We're restoring river access to migrating fish all over the Sound region. On Bride Brook in Rocky Neck State Park, runs of alewives have increased tenfold since we replaced a collapsing culvert in 2009. That means more prey for big game fish, osprey, and other wildlife.

Migrating river herring swim through the Bunnels Pond fish ladder. Click here to see
LIVE video from our fish cam!

Our recent fishway on the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport helps river herring get upstream past a shallow tough spot. They continue on to the fish ladder over a 30-foot dam and into the ideal spawning habitat of Bunnells Pond. An underwater, solar-powered camera videotapes and counts the fish as they pass into the dam.

What is the problem?
About 10 percent of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of Long Island Sound, making the Sound region one of the most densely populated areas in our nation.

While it’s true that our beautiful coastal region remains a jewel among New England scenic attractions, Long Island Sound is in need of serious restoration and preservation.

Many marine habitats have been degraded and even lost; threats to them include: development, sea level rise, pollution, eutrophication, and invasive non-native species.

Our work
In an effort to reverse this loss and save our environmental legacy, Save the Sound partners with public and private community organizations, landowners, and the general public to work to repair these problems.

Since 2002, Save the Sound and its partners have:

  • restored 78 miles of river habitat and 400 acres of lake habitat to migratory fish passage through barrier removal and barrier rehabilitation such as fishways and other improvements;
  • restored 171 acres of degraded saltmarsh by returning tidal flow through culvert improvements and barrier removals; and
  • planted 24 acres of native species through river embankment restoration, dune restoration, and submerged eelgrass restoration.

Types of habitat restoration
Save the Sound facilitates several types of habitat restoration projects including:

  • Marsh restoration — by re-introducing tidal flow stagnant, non-native filled marshes can rebound.
  • Migratory fish passage — this is done by removing barriers such as dams, building fishways, and making other improvements.
  • Fish counting — Counter installation to tally migratory fish passage.
  • Planting — planting native plant species in key habitat areas both on land and in the water.



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