Archive for May 2010

Greenwich tight-fisted with greenbacks for green space

May 31st, 2010 | By

Greenwich is taking the “ease” out of conservation easements. Notoriously stingy in the granting of tax breaks for open space, the town, under the direction of Assessor Ted Gwartney, hasn’t given a single discount for a conservation easement in Gwartney’s entire seven-year tenure by his own acknowledgment. via Greenwich tight-fisted with greenbacks for green space

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Researcher Studying State’s Elm Trees

May 31st, 2010 | By

Christian Marks, a flood plain ecologist for the Nature Conservancy, has been studying the trees and wildlife along the Connecticut River flood plain. He is particularly interested in the American Elm tree, a species that was decimated by Dutch Elm Disease. Searching for elm seeds is just one of the items on Marks’ to-do list,

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US could become leader in desert solar, says IEA

May 31st, 2010 | By

The United States could position itself as the global leader in producing utility-scale solar power from its vast deserts, with immediate and appropriate government support, a new report from the International Energy Agency says. The study by the Paris–based energy policy adviser for developed nations says with R&D backing, adoption of feed-in tariffs and binding

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NASA image reveals oil trail hundreds of kilometers long

May 31st, 2010 | By

The Gulf oil spill began on April 20th when the BP Deepwater Horizon rig exploded killing eleven and releasing oil from over a mile below the surface. While BP and the government claim the oil has been spilling at a rate of 5,000 barrels a day (210,000 gallons a day), recent video has caused some

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Editorial: Louisiana needs its fair share now, Mr. President – NOLA.com

May 31st, 2010 | By

In a rare, Page 1 editorial The Times-Picayune tells the president that Louisiana should get a share of the oil and gas wealth being mined off its shores now, and not have to wait until 2017 when a revenue-sharing measure that was adopted in 2006 takes effect. The editorial begins: Louisiana fought for decades to

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Return to Shell Island: Land Trust spruces up one of its gems

May 30th, 2010 | By

When somebody gives you an island, the least you can do is take care of it. That’s pretty much what happened last Thursday when a group of a dozen or so land lovers from the Greenwich Land Trust (GLC), armed with rakes, saws, clippers, gloves, and trash bags, boarded a launch at the Belle Haven

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‘Tank-Yankers’: Envriotech & Pollution

May 30th, 2010 | By

The owners of a Bethel contracting company and a Norwalk testing laboratory pleaded guilty earlier this month to larceny and perjury charges for fraudulently charging three Connecticut homeowners a total of more than $80,000 for unnecessary remediation work. Industry experts say most of these hucksters get away with their scams and potentially hazardous errors because

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Profile: Guilford Land Conservation Trust’s Westwoods recreational area

May 30th, 2010 | By

The Westwoods trail system is the largest recreational area for hiking in Guilford. Westwoods contains 39 miles of trails on 1,200 acres. It contains a wide diversity of fascinating natural formations such as cave structures, water falls, salt and fresh water marshes, inland tidal lake, carved rock sculptures and rock formations. Westwoods is a large

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Conn., NH Lakes Part Of Global Ecology Study

May 30th, 2010 | By

The group of about 140 members, known as Friends of the Lake, has joined an international network of academics, engineers and activists who study more than two dozen lakes in the U.S., Asia, Australia, Europe and Israel. The network gathers data and watches the effects of climate change, pollution and other problems. Lillinonah and Lake

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Energy Veto A Win For Good Government

May 30th, 2010 | By

To hear the whining from Democrats and the solar industry, Gov. M. Jodi Rell killed the golden goose with one swipe of her pen when she vetoed the sweeping energy bill. Nothing could be further from the truth. via Energy Veto A Win For Good Government | Hartford Business.



Energy Bill Veto Means Eclipse For Solar

May 30th, 2010 | By

Gov. Jodi Rell’s veto of the Energy Reform Bill last week wasn’t the death knell for solar power in Connecticut, but the fading industry will have to struggle to thrive in the state, Michael Trahan, executive director, Solar Connecticut writes in the Hartford Business Journal. With all incentives for commercial solar projects under the Connecticut

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The Thames and its rivers: ‘A narrow arm of the sea’

May 30th, 2010 | By

The Thames is a river that helps shape our daily lives, but one we sometimes forget. This series will take you out on the river and introduce you to its people and places. If the Thames River can be said to have a source, it would be the brown and shallow weed-choked pond tucked behind

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Crabs, pirates and pollution included in Pomfret students’ ocean lessons

May 30th, 2010 | By

Pomfret, Conn. — From the fiercest pirates to the lamest landlubbers, sailors who met their death on the high seas shared a special place in the nautical purgatory known as Davy Jones’ Locker. Seafarers would bury their comrades at sea but took measures to make sure their eyes wouldn’t be gouged out by hungry birds

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Greenwich on the half shell: Educational event extols virtues of the Sound

May 30th, 2010 | By

Aboard the 80-foot SoundWaters schooner, which is named after the Stamford-based environmental education organization, deckhand Sean Minnihan gave young Kendrick Ng-Ywo a tutorial on marsh grasses, snails and mussels. via Greenwich on the half shell: Educational event extols virtues of the Sound – GreenwichTime.



Environmental police spread thin

May 30th, 2010 | By

Not in the past three decades has the state’s environmental conservation police force – the khaki green-uniformed officers who stop speeding boaters and investigate boating accidents, tranquilize nuisance bears, check the catches of fishermen and hunters, arrest drunks fighting in state park campgrounds, make sure shellfish are being taken from clean waters and chase after

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Gov. Rell: President Approves Appeal for FEMA Flood Aid for Residents, Businesses

May 29th, 2010 | By

Governor M. Jodi Rell tonight announced that President Obama – responding within 24 hours of an appeal spearheaded by the Governor – has reversed an earlier decision and approved federal disaster assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the severe storms that swept through Connecticut in March.



Build bike lanes in Connecticut – Courant Editorial

May 29th, 2010 | By

Bike paths The governor should commit to the East Coast Greenway In the past month, three bicyclists have been badly injured — two critically — in collisions with cars. These awful accidents underscore the need to separate, wherever possible, the places where people drive cars from the places where they ride bikes. That means marked

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Litchfield Community Greenway plans its opening

May 29th, 2010 | By

LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Community Greenway will be opening the first section of its recreational trail on Saturday, June 5, National Trails Day. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for the trail head on Bissell Road, near the entrance to White Memorial, at 3 p.m. with a hike on the newly marked trails to follow.

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WestConn to work on Lake Kenosia’s waters

May 29th, 2010 | By

The bacteria levels in the lake are too high; the oxygen levels too low. The lake’s aquatic life — its fish, its amphibians and reptiles — is losing its richness. At the same time, the invasive aquatic plants grow thick and lush. via WestConn to work on Lake Kenosia’s waters – NewsTimes.



Hit the Trails June 5 and 6

May 28th, 2010 | By

On the weekend of Saturday, June 5, area residents will have multiple opportunities to explore places both far and near during Connecticut Trails Day 2010 (many events are also scheduled for Sunday, June 6; see below for details or visit www.ctwoodlands.org, select CT Trails Day 2010, and download an electronic version of the booklet for

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