Traveling through Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and supplying water and essential services to 2.3 million people in its vast watershed, the Connecticut River is vital to people and nature.
The Connecticut River once ran freely, connecting the wetlands and marshes that lined its shores and providing habitat for important plants and animals.
Now, the river and its nearly 20,000 miles of tributaries comprise one of the most obstructed river systems in the nation. Centuries of dam building and years of intense human use along the river’s banks have altered the river so much that it is unable to flow freely and naturally, and therefore is unable to provide habitat to important species, some of which—like the dwarf wedge mussel, Puritan tiger beetle and Jesups’ milk-vetch—are found nowhere else on Earth.
But you can help create a picture of the Connecticut River that reflects its original health and beauty.
For more information about The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River program or to support our work in your state, please contact us.
When Christian Marks turned his attention to the first of more than 100 Connecticut River floodplain forests he would study, he didn’t know he would become an American elm matchmaker.
Using the Connecticut River as a model for rivers throughout the region, The Nature Conservancy's Christian Marks has been working to understand and restore one of the central features of rivers: their floodplains. We asked Christian a few questions about the science of floodplains. Read the Q&A.
Farming and floodplain forest restoration have made a happy marriage at Maidstone Bends in Vermont. See what you help accomplish!
The Conservancy's collaboration with the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge fulfills a late senator's dream to protect the Connecticut River and its watershed.