08 October 2012

• Estuaries—NOAA’s Habitat of the Month

“What do you call the place where fresh water meets salt water?

”It’s an estuary!

”Estuaries are where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water from the ocean. These transitional areas that straddle the land and sea contain habitats needed by fish, shellfish, wildlife—and people.

”Although the word isn’t in their names, Puget Sound, Tampa Bay, Elkhorn Slough, Cook Inlet, and the lower Hudson River are all estuaries.”

Source: NOAA

The lower Housatonic, Connecticut, and Thames Rivers are also estuaries.

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