River Herring in Tributaries of the Connecticut River
Become a community scientist! Help us collect data needed to learn more about river herring populations in tributaries of the Connecticut River.
What are volunteers doing?
Monitors throughout the watershed are monitoring a selected run between April 1st and June 30th looking for the presence of river herring in the water and estimating relative abundance then reporting the data. Check the list of streams below to see if you live or work near a priority stream. It’s a good reason to take a walk by the water once or twice a week during a beautiful time of the year! Contact us to learn more or volunteer (email@example.com).
There has been significant progress in reconnecting habitat for river herring in the Connecticut basin over the last decade, with important runs opened by dam removals and the installation of fish passage. Despite this initial progress, populations remain in decline. We have too little information about the status of river herring following the loss of a robust monitoring program due to budget cuts and staff reductions in the Inland Fisheries Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
The goals of this project are two-fold. First, to educate the general public about river herring and its status in the Connecticut River. Second, to recruit and train volunteers to become citizen scientists to help CRC, CT DEEP and the US Fish and Wildlife Service get better data that will help with restoration efforts.
River Herring Sightings During Migration Seasons 2021-2022
What geographic area does the program cover?
The following is a list of priority streams. However, it is by no means a complete list of potential streams for monitoring. Please contact us if your local tributary is not on the list and you are interested in participating.
|CT||Middletown||Coginchaug, Star Mill||41.548759||-72.676515|
|CT||Windsor||Farmington River, John Welch Park||41.900269||-72.680822|
|CT||Windsor||Farmington River, Windsor Boat Ramp||41.857235||-72.640381|
|CT||Glastonbury||Kenney Cove at causeway||41.71925||-72.626917|
|CT||Glastonbury||Kenney Cove: Pewterpot brook||41.736722||-72.629361|
|CT||Glastonbury||Kenney Cove: Porter Brook||41.730127||72.620012|
|CT||Glastonbury||Kenney Cove: Salmon Brook||41.718215||-72.61328|
|CT||East Hampton||Moodus River||41.493693||-72.466914|
|CT||East Hampton||Pine Brook||41.510404||-72.496543|
|CT||Glastonbury||Roaring Brook, Main St||41.666823||-72.607975|
|CT||Lyme||Salmon River, Below Leeseville Dam||41.516523||-72.482824|
|CT||East Haddam||Salmon River, Sunrise||41.505609||-72.484583|
|CT||Lyme||Salmon River, Under bridge||41.512204||-72.481436|
|CT||Wethersfield||Wethersfield Cove Hanmer Street||41.722035||-72.654805|
|CT||Wethersfield||Wethersfield Cove South shore||41.721257||-72.656258|
|CT||Wethersfield||Wethersfield Cove, boat dock||41.724338||-72.654548|
|CT||Wethersfield||Wethersfield Cove, Folly Brook||41.725433||-72.653189|
Register using the form below!
Volunteer Registration Form
2023 river herring surveys are cancelled due to lack of capacity.
If you’d like to register for the 2024 season, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413.772.2020 x207.