Covering some 52,000 acres, the new Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve protects a vast swath of some of the last undeveloped Long Island Sound coastline. Here, fresh water from rivers and streams mixes with ocean tides, creating an estuary.
Safeguarding these brackish waters means safeguarding important nursery grounds for migratory fish—and a living laboratory for area students. Teacher Kathy Howard and her classes from Marine Science Magnet High School in the town of Groton rely on the estuary as an open-air classroom and an inspiration for the next generation of scientists and conservationists. “I think that we have a lot of students that are starting to recognize, hey, you can do this.,” Kathy says. “You can make the change.”
For more on the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve, see the full story in Trust magazine, “Where Rivers Meet the Sea”