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 Western Complex

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 Western Complex 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 27175 27.0% 28180 % 28633 28.5% 29346 29.2% 29739 29.6% 2564 9.4%
Turf & Grass 19924 19.8% 20139 20.028.0% 20423 20.3% 20590 20.5% 20926 20.8% 1002 5.0%
Other Grasses 1477 1.5% 1336 1.3% 1573 1.6% 1289 1.3% 1422 1.4% -55 -3.7%
Agricultural Field 990 1.0% 803 0.8% 563 0.6% 550 0.5% 549 0.5% -440 -44.5%
Deciduous Forest 38971 38.7% 38382 38.1% 37854 37.6% 37390 37.2% 36568 36.3% -2403 -6.2%
Coniferous Forest 6139 6.1% 6072 6.0% 5918 5.9% 5805 5.8% 5597 5.6% -542 -8.8%
Water 3095 3.1% 3072 3.1% 2954 2.9% 2830 2.8% 2798 2.8% -298 -9.6%
Non-forested Wetland 112 0.1% 116 0.1% 120 0.1% 123 0.1% 118 0.1% 6 5.0%
Forested Wetland 2423 2.4% 2231 2.2% 2150 2.1% 2171 2.2% 2162 2.1% -261 -10.8%
Tidal Wetland 7 0.0% 8 0.0% 7 0.0% 8 0.0% 7 0.0% 0 0%
Barren 274 0.3% 248 0.2% 393 0.4% 487 0.5% 702 0.7% 428 156.2%
Utility (Forest) 28 0.0% 28 0.0% 27 0.0% 27 0.0% 27 0.0% -2 0%