Yale School of Forestry Studies

One of the first things mentioned to us in 2003 by some local residents was that they were afraid the creek was going to fill in because the grass was beginning to grow over the mud flats.  We had the Yale School of Forestry come and do a follow-up study on the creek, the first having been done in 1980.  Professor Tom Siccama headed both studies. We learned that the grass, Spartina alterniflora is in fact a desirable thing to have and illustrates how healthy the creek is. 

Professor Siccama also opined that the City owned peninsula (see photo) is probably in an untouched state since before Europeans came here, a great rarity for Fairfield County waterfront. 

Download the 2003 and 1981 studies for details