A center console heads upriver after clearing the bridges that mark the entrance to the Niantic River. Photo by Caryn B. Davis

An article in The Day of Connecticut details the efforts of volunteers who monitor water quality in brooks and streams feeding into the Niantic River. Their goal is to determine the sources of non-point pollutants, such as excess nitrogen and harmful bacteria, that are entering the river and causing periodic closures of shellfish beds and swimming areas.

Excess nutrients also fuel algae growth, which blocks sunlight from aquatic plants and, once it dies, reduces oxygen levels in the river.

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The Day

To learn more about the Niantic River and efforts to protect it, watch the recent BoatingLocal video by CLICKING HERE.


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