Old Saybrook residents voted overwhelmingly to provide $3 million in town funds towards purchase of the property, which was once slated to be turned into golf courses and a housing development. Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Trust for Public Land are challenged to permanently protect this coastal forest that shelters wildlife and migratory birds, filters drinking water, and contains miles of hiking trails. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CFE and others as the story develops.
- Connecticut to hire consultant for Bridgeport station development
- NOAA grant to help clear storm debris from Connecticut’s shoreline
- General Electric Opens Fuel Cell Pilot Plant in New York
- South Korean Company Buys ClearEdge Power; Fuel Cell Maker Abruptly Laid Off South Windsor Workers In April
- Gardens manager position open in New Haven
- Return To The Rivers: Connecticut’s Waterways Reflect State History
- I will be away for about a week
- Residents have say on tree trimming
- People’s Climate March Sept. 21 NYC
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If you live near an active Osprey nest and can volunteer about an hour a month to be part of our network of stewards, email CT Audubon at email@example.com. The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population. Click on this Environmental Headline for more information.
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The Nature Conservancy has announced that students from its Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future Program are heading out for a great summer adventure to nature preserves in 27 states, including Connecticut. The students, many of whom have never spent time out of their city, let alone one-on-one with worms and toads, will participate in a paid internship program from July 7 through Aug. 1.
A warning from entomologist Claire Rutledge to everyone who owns ash trees: “It’s time to take a look at the trees,” Rutledge said. “If you have ash trees and you want to save them you have to commit to treating it for the rest of its life.”
Two summertime updates, both positive: Connecticut is on track for reducing nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound, and Connecticut businesses continue to use electricity more efficiently.
As part of a new “complete streets” initiative, Bike Walk Connecticut released a first-of-its-kind ranking of the state’s cities and towns on how bike- and walk-friendly they are. Simsbury (1), New Haven (2), New Britain (3), Glastonbury (4), and Middletown (5) claim top honors as the five most bike- and walk-friendly communities. Click on this Environmental Headline for the full report.
Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
While the decision moderates CL&P’s and UI’s plans it fails to go far enough to protect healthy trees that don’t threaten utility infrastructure and leaves this responsibility largely to citizens and towns.
Researchers from Mystic Aquarium, the only aquarium in the Northeastern U.S. with Beluga whales on-site for study and exhibition, are in Fall River, Mass., at the Taunton River today to determine what has brought a young Beluga so far from its usual habitat.
Tires—loads and loads and loads of tires—may arrive on the shores of Fair Haven if a growing recycling company gets its wish.
The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching a new citizen science program called “Osprey Nation.”
from ConnPIRG: Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, so we’re calling for a nationwide ban on the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms — but political change doesn’t always happen quickly. That’s why we’re urging industry leaders like Trader Joe’s to take action right away. Click for more from ConnPIRG.
The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population.
Pleasure Beach occupies 71 acres on a peninsula shared by Bridgeport and the neighboring town of Stratford. The only way to reach the beach is by boat or hiking along a two-mile sandspit that connects Pleasure Beach to Stratford.
A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. That’s good news for marine life because too much nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.
Everyone can help watershed council keep Connecticut River clean
The 12-acre Higganum Cove property, beside a scenic waterfall, has been included on a list of Connecticut Superfund sites awaiting cleanup since 1989 because of the presence of PCBs, lead, and arsenic “at levels of concern to human health and the environment.”
Industrial facilities discharged 224,029 pounds of toxic waste into Connecticut waterways in 2012, according to a June 19 report from the Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center.
The spotlight was on 12 remarkable women Thursday, June 19, at the State Capitol as Connecticut’s Conservation Partnership recognized them for their work in agriculture and natural resources conservation. This year’s theme was Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment: Stories of the Extraordinary Determination of Women, and the event honored the exceptional and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women in a non-traditional field.
Connecticut may be the third smallest state in the nation, but it has a large agricultural presence – which led to the state being featured recently by the USDA on the federal agency’s website.
The law grants the Commissioners of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture the explicit right to place conservation restrictions on land acquired to protect natural resources, open space or agricultural uses; and requires DEEP to create an online public use and benefit land registry containing information about state-owned conservation properties.
A rare coastal forest similar to the 1,000 acres in Old Saybrook known as The Preserve, Oswegatchie Hills is also deserving of the state’s help in finally securing its future as protected land.
U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered at the dam on the Farmington River in Collinsville to announce the passage of the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act.
Geothermal is a niche market compared to oil and gas — less than 2 percent of residential and commercial buildings in the United States — but heat-pump sales have been rising since the 1980s, according to Geothermal Exchange Organization, a nonprofit education and advocacy group for the geothermal heat pump industry.
The House gave final passage Monday to a bill to enable the Connecticut town of Canton to refurbish two dams on the Farmington River.
The Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University received the prestigious Power of Change Award for “State Difference Maker Leadership” at the Connecticut State Capitol on June 17. The 2014 Power of Change Awards celebrate the energy efficiency achievements of more than 20 Connecticut state agencies and municipalities. The winners received awards
South Korean Company Buys ClearEdge Power; Fuel Cell Maker Abruptly Laid Off South Windsor Workers In April
Doosan Co. Ltd., based in South Korea, said it will acquire the assets and operating debt of U.S.-based ClearEdge Power, a fuel cell manufacturer for buildings, for $32.4 million, the Reuters news service reports. ClearEdge Power, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May to reduce debt and operating costs. It had major
From EnergizeCT: The towns of East Lyme, Franklin, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Old Lyme, Preston, Sprague, and Waterford have all recently signed a pledge to commit to Clean Energy Communities, an Energize Connecticut program that incentivizes Connecticut municipalities to support energy efficiency and renewable energy. Under the Clean Energy Communities program, each town pledged to reduce
Wind power will play an increasing role in the U.S., likely supplying more than a third of the nation’s energy needs by 2050, according to a new analysis being readied by the federal Department of Energy, but Connecticut isn’t likely to be a major industry player. Click for more from the Hartford Business Journal.
Mike Jefferson, MDC Diversity Manager at The Metropolitan District, was presented with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator’s Award for Outstanding State, Local or Tribal Office Performance Achievement. Jefferson was the sole recipient selected for this national honor.
by Lyle Wray and Oz Griebel Imagine for a moment what life in our region would be like if we couldn’t rely on key transportation networks such as the Interstate system, bridges over the Connecticut River and the network of streets that serve autos, freight and transit. Would we have anything like the economic success
Clearly, the time has long since arrived to improve our highways and transit systems. The key will be spending the money in a way that best serves all drivers and riders.
New Haven transportation czar Doug Hausladen said he would look into several issues he heard, including service quality, service frequency on Sundays, inadequate signage and poor bus stop conditions. Hausladen said he would personally be looking at the condition of bus stops near Walmart and 150 Sargent Drive. Hausladen said the issue at hand is
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut can cover the cost of various ongoing transportation projects on its own for about a month.
Summary. Sea level rise is caused by expansion of ocean water as the world’s temperature rises, and by net melting of glaciers, ice sheets and ice shelves. Ice will continue melting as long as the temperature remains above the freezing point. Sea level rise is already impacting coastal cities in the U. S. and elsewhere.
Aiming to spread awareness of the tribal sustainability partnerships that emerged following the November Indigenous Peoples Working Group meeting at Dartmouth, students and research fellows presented findings at a Thursday panel on tribal sustainability and Arctic protection initiatives.
Connecticut has to wait for more federal action on cross-border pollution, according to a top environmental official who visited Hartford. Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, is working on the agency’s “Clean Power Plan.” That’s a proposal to cut pollution from existing power plants. It’s long, at 645 pages, and adopts
Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. That’s not supposed to happen at lunchtime.