Cove River

On Wednesday at 7pm The Land Trust of West Haven will hold its annual meeting in the hall at St. John Vianney Church and West Haven residents are cordially invited to attend. The topics of the evening will be the Cove River Historical Site and the Cove River Project.

Cove River runs from Savin Rock past Ken Strong Stadium and the High School to halfway up through the backside of Painter Park. There are large patches of marshy land on both sides of it. It’s all designated open space land. There is an entrance to it through a trail off of Platt Avenue to the left of the gas station. My understanding is that people go in there from time to time to look for ancient Indian artifacts like arrowheads, and to do a variety of research.

Barbara Barry, Land Trust President, will kick off the evening at 7pm and Catherine Iaccarino will follow her with a lecture on the historic background of the Cover River site. At 7:30 Kevin Dickson, WHHS Environmental Science and Ecology teacher, will talk about the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative and how a course instructed by Southern Connecticut State University Professor Scott Graves has led to WHHS students performing research that contributes to the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program. GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. It’s vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects in study and research about the dynamics of Earth’s environment.

You can see the projects WHHS students have done by going to It really is pretty impressive. Some of the projects include: The Effect of Fox Inhabitance on Cove River Sustainability; The Effects of Runoff on the Water Quality of Cove River; Land Use at the Cove River Historical Site from the Time of Indigenous Societies through Modern Day; Invasive Plant Species at Cove River; and The Impact of Climate Change on Canopy Growth.

I have lived relatively close to the Cove River for most of my life and I have never explored it. Mostly because it seems like a big swamp to me. It doesn’t look like it would be easy to get around in it, and it seems a little scary to me, too. Never know who or what’s in there. But of course that’s my ignorance. So I am looking forward to learning more about the Cove River and the land around it with the hope of getting enough of a comfort level to go in there and take a look around. The presentations at the meeting should be interesting, so I hope to see you there.

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