Greenwich Bay Watershed Group
Our habitat is the entire
Greenwich Bay watershed. There is the bay itself, estuaries and creeks, fresh
water brooks, ponds, swamps and terminal bogs, coastal and inland plains,
and uplands. On top of all of this ecological infrastructure, thousands of
people live, work, and play. They have created their own ecology, that of
marinas, superhighways, railroads, airports, farms, parks, industrial areas,
and a main street complete with performing arts and a historic old state house.
Look at it this way: 26
square miles of surrounding watershed feed the five square mile shallow bay.
When you peer under the surface, you see underground water moving at a snail's
pace through the uplands and plains to the bay. Unless a natural process intervenes,
all that is bad in that underground water can seep into the bay,
five square miles of water surface and coastal plainswe are concentrating
our efforts on the area where we live and the habitat that it provides for
creatures of the sea, the land, and the air.
- The Bay Greenwich
Bay is the focal point of our habitat. It is the weather generator that sustains
the Tamarack Wetlands and its stands of Spruce and Larch. Greenwich Bay attracts
the birds that seeds our wetlands and uplands with both special and noxious
plants. The bay provides the habitat for the fishes and algae that have brought
all of us together to support the Special Area Management Plan.
- Greenwich Bay Watershed The
truth is that Greenwich Bay is endangered by what flows through its fresh
water watershed. Chemicals from the watershed kill plants and animals in the
bay, Bacteria from the watershed make shellfishing an unpredicable occupation.
It is to the watershed that we turn for most of the bay's ecological problems.
- Baker's Creek, Buttonwoods
Cove and small creeks
- Baker's Creek Barrier
and the long beach fronting Budlong Farm
- Buttonwoods Cove Barrier
- Tamarack Wetlands
- Loon Swamp
- White and Red Cedar
Uplands The flora and fauna of our uplands is the most obvious connection
to the specialness of
- Oak Forests
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