Archive for April 2010

CT Environmental Headlines logo is spreading!

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

Perhaps you’ve noticed that some Connecticut chapters of national organizations are proudly displaying CT Environmental Headlines logo on their home pages (like Audubon and CTLCV), as well as some state and local websites like Fairfield Green Team and Greenburbs, because they know their members would also like to know where to find all of the environmental

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CT Department of Agriculture Announces 2010 Farm-to-Chef Harvest Celebration Week

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

Hartford, CT– Farm-to-Chef Harvest Celebration Week, a new promotion initiated by the CT Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-Chef Program, will run Sunday, September 26, 2010, through Saturday, October 2, 2010. Open to all restaurants and foodservice businesses in the state, it invites participants to create and offer a separate Farm-to-Chef menu showcasing CT Grown ingredients and

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Farmington Land Trust elects two members, hears discussion on Tunxis predecessors

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

At the 39th annual meeting of the Farmington Land Trust, which took place at the Community and Senior Center in Unionville on Thursday, April 15, 2010, Dr. Ken Feder, a professor of archaeology at Central Connecticut State University, presented “The Avaricious Humour of Designing Englishmen: How the Tunxis Lost Their Ancestral Lands to the English

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Complete Streets Gains Momentum in Albany

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee passed Complete Streets (S5711-a). This legislation amends the highway law, and enables safe access to public roads for all users by utilizing complete street design principles—principles that take into account the needs of bike, pedestrian, public transport, and motorist users alike. Advocates hope the companion Assembly bill (A-8587) will

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Tree Festival in Norwalk seeks to protect trees

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

With the March windstorm fresh in people’s minds, protecting and savings trees from stormy weather and other threats will be the focus of the 2010 Norwalk-Wilton Tree Festival at Cranbury Park next month. The 2010 festival has no admission charge and will take place Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or

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CEQ’s Environmental Report Has Good, Bad News For Area

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s air quality is dramatically improving, there are more piping plovers and bald eagles in our skies, and last year the state preserved about 1,300 acres of farmland. In submitting the report to Governor Rell, Council Chair Barbara C. Wagner also wrote, “While our first priority is the condition of the air, water, land and

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Battle looms over a massive electric industry overhaul in Hartford

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

In a flurry of closed-door meetings, trailed by a horde of lobbyists, the leaders of the state legislature’s Energy & Technology Committee are pressing ahead with a sprawling bill to overhaul Connecticut’s energy policy.



Bill Would Aid Efforts To Establish Coltsville Park – Courant.com

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

The city’s historic Coltsville complex isn’t ready yet to be a national park, but a Connecticut congressman has proposed a bill that would speed up the process should the owners of the 260-acre complex nail down a plan to create a meaningful visitor experience within Coltsville’s boundaries. via Bill Would Aid Efforts To Establish Coltsville

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Help save Connecticut’s water quality standards NOW

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

An important note to the environmental community in Connecticut from Margaret Miner of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. Dear All: We need your help to save the Clean Water Act water quality standards proposed by DEP. They are halfway through the adoption process. A large public hearing has been held. The current upgrade of the standards

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Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again :: Connecticut Smart Growth

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

It is imperative to increase the state’s share to rectify the imbalance between state and local contributions to support local education. First, we need to acknowledge that the rules of the game are stacked against us. Whether you are for increased education budgets, lower property taxes, or the preservation of open space, we are all

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‘Red Flag’ brush fire danger posted for state – Connecticut Post

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

The National Weather Service has posed a “red flag” brush fire danger level today for nearly all of Connecticut, including Fairfield and New Haven counties. via ‘Red Flag’ brush fire danger posted for state – Connecticut Post.



Scott Deshefy: Wall Street turns absence into new source of profit

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Even the agricultural commodities firm, Cargill, has become one of the top developers of carbon projects, a distressing irony at best. The largest sources of greenhouse gases, not to mention water pollution, are animal wastes from the meat industry, agricultural pollutants and felled trees.



Annual Putnam cleanup will target litter, celebrate Earth

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

“There are so many people who live in this area who care about moving forward with progressive energy solutions and about living in a green area,” said Dot Burnworth, Earthfest committee chairman. “Last year, we were motivated by how much people cared and by how many people turned out.”



Thompson residents reject proposed break for River Mill project – Norwich Bulletin

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Thompson residents rejected by a slim margin a measure to show support for the $16 million downtown River Mill renovation, leaving the project’s future in jeopardy. via Thompson residents reject proposed break for River Mill project – Norwich Bulletin.



Help sought in stocking salmon fry | MassLive.com

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Local volunteers have joined staff from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in an annual project designed to increase the salmon population in the Connecticut River. It’s part of a larger project, also taking place in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, to restore the Atlantic salmon to the river, some 200 years after the

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Obama: Energy programs can help rescue rural America

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

President Obama brought the same message to Missouri today that he did to Iowa yesterday: New energy programs can help revive rural towns hit hard by globalization and recession.



Rell budget plan borrows $953M; Proposes Raiding Ratepayer Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funds

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Wednesday proposed borrowing more than $950 million to balance the fiscal 2011 state budget, redirecting millions of existing surcharges paid by electricity ratepayers to back bonds that will help close the state’s operating deficit. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment said that “more than 11,800 direct or indirect jobs” were

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Developer protests restriction on high density housing in Newington

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

A developer who owns property near the intersection of Fenn Road and Cedar Street this protested a decision by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission (TPZ) to discourage proposals for high density housing in that area.



Candidates straddle global warming issue

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

One might assume that, regardless of party, the candidates vying to replace Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd believe global warming presents a real threat, and human actions are at least partially to blame.



Disruptive Millstone incident disputed

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

Waterford – Working on a live 345,000-volt switch last fall while the Millstone Unit 2 reactor was still online resulted in a premature shutdown four days before a refueling outage. That incident, one of three highlighted at an annual meeting Thursday night, was among 14 findings considered “more than minor” but of “very low safety

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