Baker Cove Watershed and Birch Plain Creek

The Baker Cover Watershed is a small 4.2 square mile expanse of developed and undeveloped landscape located within the jurisdictions of the City and Town of Groton. Although small, it plays an important role in preserving the water quality of Baker Cove and Fisher’s Island Sound. The Baker Cove Watershed is comprised of three smaller watersheds:

  • Birch Plain Creek
  • Jupiter Point
  • “Watershed B”

 

Planning at the watershed level can help to maintain high water quality, thus preserving wildlife, shellfish and aquatic habitats. It also helps to ensure recreational and scenic resources are preserved, both on land and water. In 2011, the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, in collaboration with other organizations, completed the Baker Cove Track Down Survey and Abbreviated Watershed-Base Plan. This plan outlines the features of the Baker Cove Watershed, its significance and strategies for protecting and enhancing water quality. This document is available for download below.

ECCD was awarded a Clean Water Act §319 Nonpoint Source Program grant by CT DEEP to carry out implementation strategies listed in the Baker Cove Abbreviated Watershed-Based Plan. From June 2017 to September 2019, the focus of this project was a regional effort to evaluate and address a large population of non-migratory Canada Geese that utilize Baker Cove and the surrounding area and contribute to the bacteria load in Baker Cove. An outcome of the Project is a management matrix  of strategies to control non-migratory Canada Geese at select sites within a 5-6 mile radius around Baker Cove.

In order to ensure the success of the Baker Cove Abbreviated Watershed-based Plan, it was recommended that the stakeholders form a watershed management team and meet periodically to review the progress of the implementation strategies outlined in the Plan. The Baker Cove Watershed Committee (BaCWaC) was created in September 2019 as an outcome of the Baker Cove Non-migratory Canada Geese Project. To learn more and get involved with the committee to work on action items, go to ECCD’s webpage here & click on the Watershed Committees tab.

More information is available below:

1) Do Not Feed the Waterfowl

2) Canada Geese Fact Sheet

3) Management Matrix

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