Sediment Spews from Connecticut River | NASA

Sep 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Story, Long Island Sound, Water

Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene drenched New England with rainfall in late August 2011, the Connecticut River was spewing muddy sediment into Long Island Sound and wrecking the region’s farmland just before harvest. The Thematic Mapper on the Landsat 5 satellite acquired this true-color satellite image on September 2, 2011.

Sediment Stirred up by Tropical Storm Irene's Blow to New England Spews from Connecticut River

Sediment Stirred up by Tropical Storm Irene's Blow to New England Spews from Connecticut River

With its headwaters near the Canadian border, the Connecticut River drains nearly 11,000 square miles (28,500 square kilometers) and receives water from at least 33 tributaries in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The 410-mile river—New England’s longest—enters Long Island Sound near Old Lyme, Connecticut, and is estimated to provide 70 percent of the fresh water entering the Sound.

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