Archive for September 2011

MDC water pollution control facilities honored by National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Sep 30th, 2011 | By

The Metropolitan District has been selected to receive 2010 Peak Performance Awards for its four Water Pollution Control Facilities. The Peak Performance Awards program, administered by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities for outstanding compliance records.



Obama Administration Announces $12 Million i6 Green Investment to Promote Clean Energy Innovation and Job Creation

Sep 30th, 2011 | By

National initiative leverages resources of five federal agencies to advance clean technology commercialization WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced the six winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an initiative to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness and new jobs. One of these is the New England:

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EPA Commits $1.5 Million to 125 Communities to Support Smart Growth

Sep 30th, 2011 | By

Efforts will create healthy neighborhoods, attract local businesses WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans today to help an estimated 125 local, state, and tribal governments create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. The move comes in response to the

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Rain or Shine, Falcons Will Fly Over Audubon Greenwich This Weekend

Sep 30th, 2011 | By

This Weekend, Oct. 1 & 2, Audubon in Greenwich, CT will host its “13th Annual HawkWatch Weekend Festival & Green Bazaar” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine.) The falcons, hawks, owls, eco-friendly exhibits, and sustainable food vendors are all prepared to put on a great show.



New Haven Aldermen question Route 34 development

Sep 30th, 2011 | By

Nearly a year after the city first announced federal funding for a project to reshape the downtown area, members of the Board of Aldermen are expressing doubts over whether the plan will succeed. Click on this headline for more from YDN, and the New Haven Independent.



Hockanum River Clean-up Saturday: Volunteers Needed To Clear Trash From The River And Its Banks

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

MANCHESTER — Volunteers can gather at the Hockanum River Saturday to take part in a fall cleaning. The volunteer effort to clear trash from the river is part of the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source To Sea Clean-Up, involving residents of all four states along the big tidal river and its feeder streams. Read more

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The Rise of Urban Biking | The Nation

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

Residents of American cities and college towns may have noticed a growing urban species whizzing down their streets. One strand of the highly adaptive Homo pedalis can be identified by telltale markings: a single leg of skinny jeans rolled up, a plaid shirt unbuttoned to alleviate perspiration and a clumsy retro helmet. As many young

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Soundkeeper Seeks Grant To Save Millions of Fish

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

Millions of fish, crab and lobster are killed each year in Long Island Sound by aging cooling and netting systems at seven power plants along Connecticut and New York’s coasts. But Soundkeeper Terry Backer is fighting to force those plant operators to comply with federal regulations in an effort to save that sea life, The Daily Weston reports.



Avalonia Land Trust adds Preston parcel

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

The Avalonia Land Trust has completed the purchase of two vacant lots on Lake of Isles Road near the North Stonington border and will add the tracts to more than 200 acres of contiguous open space in Preston and North Stonington.



Avon Land Trust to Dedicate Newest Property, Oakes Preserve Sunday

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Avon Land Trust will host a dedication ceremony for its newest property, Oakes Preserve, located on Chidsey Road near the intersection with Waterville Road. The event, an Open House, will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and feature guided hikes, live music and refreshments. The 17-acre parcel for Oakes

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Glastonbury: State purchase Bronzi property

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

Will Be Added To Open Space Parcels The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will purchase the 48-acre Bronzi property. The town council voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase the land, off Goodale Hill Road. The property – made up of two parcels – is surrounded by the Meshomasic State Forest and Kongscut Land Trust

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CNG fueling station officially opens in West Haven (video)

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

Years ago, the idea of 110 compressed natural gas-powered cabs coming to city roadways seemed about as likely as the city getting a magic carpet, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday.



North Stamford cancer rates focus of new report

Sep 28th, 2011 | By

City officials and neighborhood groups have been investigating environmental pollution in North Stamford since May 2009, when a federal Environmental Protection Agency report in late 2008 revealed the 18-acre Scofieldtown Park, located on a former dump, contained soil contaminants in amounts exceeding levels recommend by the EPA. Further investigation revealed the well water of many

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House Votes for TRAIN Act – and Against Cleaner, Healthier Air

Sep 28th, 2011 | By

Sept. 23, 2011, was an exceptionally bad day in the history of environmental legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401) by a vote of 249 to 169. Now it is up to the Senate to stop this destructive bill. Hopefully, our Senators will understand that clean air saves American lives. But just in case, you should call your Senators and remind them how much clean air means to you.



Annual Celebration to Benefit the New Haven Land Trust Oct. 4

Sep 28th, 2011 | By

Join the New Haven Land Trust to celebrate and honor its supporters. There will be a dinner of seasonal American cuisine featuring local and sustainable foods; and a silent auction. Honorees: Daniel Kops and the New Haven Land Trust Club of Hopkins School L. Suzio York Hill Companies (Environmental Business Leadership Award) 6:30 p.m., Oct. 4,

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Connecticut Campaign for Sustainable Communities Launched by GreenTowns

Sep 27th, 2011 | By

Mobilizing Supporters Throughout the State: Green Businesses, CT Mayors, Sustainability Experts and Organizations Embrace a New Way to Connect Around Green More than 80 Connecticut organizations, businesses and green leaders are involved in a new campaign to connect green initiatives and their supporters in and across every city and town in Connecticut. The Connecticut Campaign

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Farmland Preservation program deadine Oct. 31 – By John Piscopo

Sep 26th, 2011 | By

By State Rep. JOHN PISCOPO For landowners of open space, farmland or forest land, I wanted to remind you that you have until Oct. 31 to enroll in the state’s Public Act 490 (PA 490) tax program. This program permits these types of lands to be taxed at a lower rate. The program was created

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Restoring River Herring Might Require Curtailing the Ocean Bycatch

Sep 26th, 2011 | By

he incredible amounts of silt that washed down the Hudson and Connecticut rivers after Irene probably didn’t do much good for fish in those rivers. I blogged about it here, after asking Tom Lake, of the Hudson River Estuary Program, about it. The long term affect probably won’t be terrible, he told me: “that is

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Waterford school receives $10,000 from Dominion

Sep 26th, 2011 | By

Schools and educational institutions in 11 states are entering the new academic year with Dominion funding for major projects, including Waterford High School, which received $10,000 to install a wind turbine.



Day Hikes: West River Trail

Sep 26th, 2011 | By

Sometimes nature is all around us — even if we do not realize it. Case in point: West River Trail. The system runs unassumingly through portions of West Haven and New Haven, following along the banks of the West River as it slowly winds its way through the two towns. The small local river originates

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