College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Center for Land Use Education and Research

Your Watershed: Land Cover

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Basic Land Cover Information

Regional Basin
Connecticut Main Stem

Sub-regional Basin
None

Map Pawcatuck Main Stem Wood Southeast Shoreline Southeast Eastern Complex Southeast Western Complex Thames Main Stem Willimantic Natchaug French Fivemile Moosup Pachaug Quinebaug Shetucket Yantic Connecticut Main Stem Stony Brook Scantic Farmington Park Hockanum Mattabesset Salmon Eightmile South Central Shoreline South Central Eastern Complex Quinnipiac South Central Western Complex Housatonic Main Stem Blackberry Hollenbeck Tenmile Candlewood Aspetuck Still Shepaug Pomperaug Naugatuck Southwest Shoreline Southwest Eastern Saugatuck Norwalk Southwest Western Complex Croton

Connecticut Main Stem Regional Basin

Land Cover and Land Cover Change

1985 1990 1995 2002 2006 Change
acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % of basin acres % change
Developed 48361 18.8% 53547 % 55323 21.5% 58139 22.6% 59341 23.1% 10980 22.7%
Turf & Grass 17932 7.0% 18528 7.220.8% 19178 7.5% 20653 8.0% 21536 8.4% 3604 20.1%
Other Grasses 5971 2.3% 6779 2.6% 7258 2.8% 7790 3.0% 8073 3.1% 2101 35.2%
Agricultural Field 23021 9.0% 20708 8.1% 19944 7.8% 18552 7.2% 17549 6.8% -5471 -23.8%
Deciduous Forest 114946 44.7% 110727 43.1% 108743 42.3% 105613 41.1% 104239 40.6% -10707 -9.3%
Coniferous Forest 13485 5.2% 13368 5.2% 13236 5.2% 12986 5.1% 12878 5.0% -607 -4.5%
Water 18247 7.1% 17806 6.9% 17472 6.8% 17381 6.8% 17323 6.7% -924 -5.1%
Non-forested Wetland 588 0.2% 573 0.2% 569 0.2% 590 0.2% 581 0.2% -7 -1.1%
Forested Wetland 7354 2.9% 7199 2.8% 7085 2.8% 7014 2.7% 7007 2.7% -347 -4.7%
Tidal Wetland 3786 1.5% 3959 1.5% 3949 1.5% 4048 1.6% 3985 1.6% 199 0%
Barren 1622 0.6% 2149 0.8% 2592 1.0% 2606 1.0% 2859 1.1% 1237 76.2%
Utility (Forest) 1649 0.6% 1619 0.6% 1612 0.6% 1591 0.6% 1591 0.6% -59 -3.6%