Water has shaped Connecticut’s landscape, eroding the land and leaving behind the varied topography that is Connecticut today. Adequate supplies of clean water are critical to support human societies as well as to maintain healthy ecological communities. Water is used to provide transportation corridors for the movement of people and commerce, as a power source to fuel industry, to irrigate our farms, to provide cooling for electric power generation, and to sustain the fish and shellfish that grace our dinner tables. Water provides recreation for fishermen, boaters, swimmers, and those who simply enjoy the aesthetic beauty of many of our water resources. Most fundamentally, every day, each of us must consume some quantity of water to insure our own personal survival. Each and every living creature has a similar need since water is, in fact, the principal chemical ingredient in all forms of life on earth.
The quality and quantity of the State’s waters is a reflection of our use and in some case misuse of our water resources. Many are used to dilute and assimilate wastes generated as a result of human activities. Rain washes contaminants out of the atmosphere and off the land surface into our rivers and streams. Damming our rivers to produce electricity or extraction of surface or groundwater water for human use can alter natural streamflow patterns and threaten the sustainability of natural populations of fish and other aquatic life. Poorly planned development, destruction of wetlands, and is some cases a lack of dam maintenance can increase the potential for severe flooding and the destruction of property and loss of life that can be associated with those events.
On the Water Recreation - Boating, Fishing and Swimming