Rippowam River Article

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New Haven railroad line at the Mill (Rippowam) River crossing, Stamford, Connecticut, about 1908

The Rippowam River is a river in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. It drains a watershed area of 37.5 square miles (97 km2) and flows for 17 miles (27 km) from Ridgefield to Long Island Sound, which it enters in Stamford's harbor. [1]

Streamflow in the Rippowam River is controlled by several small dams. [2] The Turn-of-River Bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, crosses it. [3] The river has been dammed to form both the North Stamford Reservoir in North Stamford, and the Laurel Reservoir on the Stamford/New Canaan border.

The lower eight miles of Rippowam River, from the North Stamford Reservoir to Harbor Point (Stamford), are known as "Mill River". [4]

Architect Philip Johnson built his Glass House on the eastern slope of the Rippowam River valley in New Canaan in the late 1940s to take advantage of the view of the valley formed by the river.


See also


  1. ^ Martin Silva, Mill River and Mill Pond Habitat Restoration Project, Rippowam River, Stamford, Connecticut: Geotechnical Analysis, Bioengineering Group, Inc., for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, May 2003
  2. ^ 01209901 RIPPOWAM RIVER NEAR STAMFORD, CT, U.S. Geological Survey
  3. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ "Mill River Park Plan, Stamford, CT". The Trust for Public Land. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01.

RIPPOWAM RIVER Latitude and Longitude:

41°02′51″N 73°32′42″W / 41.0474°N 73.5450°W / 41.0474; -73.5450