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
Norwalk

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

Norwalk 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 11440 28.6% 11970 % 12102 30.3% 12275 30.7% 12366 31.0% 926 8.1%
Turf & Grass 4718 11.8% 4825 12.130.0% 4987 12.5% 5044 12.6% 5232 13.1% 514 10.9%
Other Grasses 397 1.0% 435 1.1% 453 1.1% 390 1.0% 415 1.0% 18 4.6%
Agricultural Field 545 1.4% 353 0.9% 247 0.6% 218 0.5% 219 0.5% -326 -59.7%
Deciduous Forest 19455 48.7% 19115 47.9% 18945 47.4% 18820 47.1% 18527 46.4% -928 -4.8%
Coniferous Forest 864 2.2% 854 2.1% 844 2.1% 829 2.1% 810 2.0% -54 -6.3%
Water 902 2.3% 864 2.2% 803 2.0% 820 2.1% 812 2.0% -89 -9.9%
Non-forested Wetland 72 0.2% 74 0.2% 73 0.2% 76 0.2% 74 0.2% 2 2.5%
Forested Wetland 1356 3.4% 1305 3.3% 1288 3.2% 1289 3.2% 1288 3.2% -69 -5.1%
Tidal Wetland 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0%
Barren 89 0.2% 59 0.1% 116 0.3% 97 0.2% 118 0.3% 29 33.2%
Utility (Forest) 105 0.3% 88 0.2% 85 0.2% 85 0.2% 82 0.2% -23 0%