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
Southwest Eastern

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

Southwest Eastern 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 24351 38.6% 25352 % 25672 40.7% 26232 41.6% 26472 41.9% 2121 8.7%
Turf & Grass 8715 13.8% 8980 14.240.2% 9301 14.7% 9397 14.9% 9686 15.3% 971 11.1%
Other Grasses 758 1.2% 699 1.1% 662 1.0% 638 1.0% 726 1.2% -31 -4.1%
Agricultural Field 1698 2.7% 1449 2.3% 1305 2.1% 1199 1.9% 1097 1.7% -602 -35.4%
Deciduous Forest 22060 34.9% 21248 33.7% 20728 32.8% 20297 32.2% 19711 31.2% -2349 -10.6%
Coniferous Forest 1097 1.7% 1087 1.7% 1067 1.7% 1053 1.7% 1019 1.6% -78 -7.1%
Water 2033 3.2% 2030 3.2% 1990 3.2% 1958 3.1% 1961 3.1% -71 -3.5%
Non-forested Wetland 22 0.0% 23 0.0% 27 0.0% 26 0.0% 23 0.0% 1 5.3%
Forested Wetland 1257 2.0% 1183 1.9% 1144 1.8% 1143 1.8% 1136 1.8% -121 -9.6%
Tidal Wetland 648 1.0% 621 1.0% 618 1.0% 616 1.0% 601 1.0% -47 0%
Barren 410 0.6% 377 0.6% 536 0.8% 491 0.8% 618 1.0% 208 50.8%
Utility (Forest) 73 0.1% 73 0.1% 72 0.1% 71 0.1% 71 0.1% -3 -3.6%