Land Use and population can strongly impact water quality in the Sound and its tributaries. These indicators include information about watershed population, development, and open space.
The indicator tracks the expansion of impervious cover (surfaces such as sidewalks and parkling lots) in the watershed. The impervious cover model predicts expected stream quality of a basin based on watershed impervious cover. View Indicator
The amount of naturally vegetated (e.g. trees, shrubs, wetlands, and grasslands, but not turf grass or agriculture) land in the riparian zone immediately adjacent to a stream or river is an indicator of hte health of the waterbody. View Indicator
Watershed restoration strategies are effective ways to support vibrant and healthy aquatic life, and to minimize the negative effects of erosion, sedimentation, and flooding. This map tracks progress by Connecticut and New York towards a goal of having 50 percent of their respective areas in the watershed developing or implementing watershed restoration strategies. View Indicator