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Connecticut River Estuary and Tidal Wetlands Complex
The Connecticut River is the longest tidal river in the northeastern United States. With its headwaters in the Connecticut Lakes region of New Hampshire near the Canadian border, it flows for 410 miles before discharging into Long Island Sound. The tidal segment of the river and associated tidal wetlands are a haven for fish, wildlife, and plants including the endangered shortnose sturgeon, American bittern, and Parker’s pipewort. As the only major river in the Northeast without a large port or harbor at its mouth, the Lower Connecticut River remains relatively undisturbed by development and offers of a variety of nature-based outdoor recreational opportunities.
CT Sea Grant biologist Juliana Barrett explores the freshwater, brackish, and saltwater tidal marshes of the Connecticut River and its tributaries, including wild rice growing in Pratt Cove.