TRBP Floating Workshop 10
On June 18, 2010, the Thames River Basin Partnership celebrated the10th
anniversary of their flagship event, the annual Floating Workshop, by organizing a paddle on Poquetanuck Cove.
Click here to
view a short slideshow of the event. Click
here to see the workshop
Poquetanuck Cove is the
location of a major Partnership habitat restoration initiative.
Beginning in 2008, an effort to control
invasive Phragmites was
initiated in the
tidal wetlands of this cove on the west side of the Thames River. Already, native
plants are beginning to become reestablished in treated areas. Located between Preston and
Ledyard, CT, Poquetanuck Cove is a State of Connecticut designated a bird sanctuary.
The plant community in the cove includes many species listed on the
State of Connecticut
Natural Diversity Data Base as either endangered,
threatened or of special concern.
This workshop featured a
review of the exceptional natural resources in the cove and a tour of
permanently preserved property with cove frontage. While osprey
flew overhead, paddlers watched as Mickey Weiss of Project Oceanology
sieved through a bottom sample from the intertidal mud flat, home to a
variety of benthic invertebrates. Several species of polychaete
worms, and other small animals were identified.
Are there enough protective
mechanisms in place to protect the natural resources of Poquetanuck
here to review current protections and additional strategies
suggested by Bill Haase.
An outcome of this year's
workshop is a Poquetanuck Cove Canoe/Kayak Trail Guide. Click
to download a copy.
This workshop was sponsored in part by the Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and
Development Council, Connecticut Sea Grant and the Mohegan Sun.
For additional photos of Floating Workshop 10 courtesy of Jerry Wylie of
Connecticut Coastal Kayaking, click
Action Plan for Protecting the Natural Resources of Poquetanuck Cove
in Preston and Ledyard, CT by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, 1997
Phragmites Field Guide Distinguishing Native and Exotic Forms of
Common Reed published by Plant Conservation Alliance
Natural Resource Inventory of the Former Norwich State Hospital
Property in Preston by the CT Environmental Review Team
Tidal Wetlands Buffer Guidance Document by the CT DEP Office of Long
Island Sound Program
Heritage Landscape and Resource Planning Report and Recommendations
CT DEP Comments to CT DOT regarding proposed
Route 2a bypass
Restoration Project at Poquetanuck Cove
The Nature Conservancy Poquetanuck Cove Preserve
CT DEP Coastal Access Property - Poquetanuck Cove
Quentin R. Long Car Top Boat Launch, Ledyard, CT
Town Trail vision, linking Groton, Ledyard and Preston