Since colonial times, humans have altered the Sound’s coastal habitats by concentrating housing, commerce, and recreation near the water. While there is still healthy habitat in and around the Sound, the overall abundance and diversity of natural areas have been diminished. Development and increased population have resulted in the loss of coastal and inland wetlands, and eelgrass beds in the shallow, near-shore areas. These habitats provide a unique and highly productive ecosystem that supports an array of living resources.
In the spring of 2006, a fishway in Branford was built to restore the natural cycle of fish that migrate between saltwater and freshwater. Learn more
Habitat protection environmental indicators include River Miles Restored, Coastal Habitat Restoration, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation. Learn more