Archive for May 2012

My Citizens Agenda: Curt Johnson advocates for a restored Long Island Sound

May 31st, 2012 | By

Our Senate candidates must set their goal on shifting 2 percent of our federal investment in our great estuaries toward restoring and healing Long Island Sound. The hard work of planning how to bring back the Sound is done — it’s time for an investment in action. For more on this story, visit: My Citizens

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West Hartford students to attend Conservation Congress

May 31st, 2012 | By

West Hartford residents John Macdonald and Ryan Shelby, both Loomis Chaffee juniors, were recently selected to participate in the Student Climate and Conservation Congress Sc3 sponsored by The Green Schools Alliance and the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center. For more on this story, visit: West Hartford students to attend Conservation Congress –

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Busway Public Relations Campaign

May 31st, 2012 | By

As contractors start amassing payloaders and bulldozers along the path of the busway to Hartford, some homeowners along the route were raising last-minute concerns Wednesday about worsened noise, traffic detours and flooding in their neighborhoods. For more on this story, visit: Busway Public Relations Campaign – Courant.com.



EPA Awards $3.5M in Brownfields Funds to Revitalize Connecticut Communities

May 31st, 2012 | By

The Environmental Protection Agency is providing $3.45 million in Brownfields grants to help Connecticut communities to assess, cleanup and redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties.  The funding is part of more than $69 million in EPA brownfields investments across the country announced by EPA last week to protect health and the environment, create jobs and promote

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Torrington company wins $93 million contract for upgrade and expansion of Mattabassett treatment plant

May 31st, 2012 | By

CROMWELL — The Mattabassett District water pollution control facility will be undergoing a major renovation and expansion project and a Torrington-based company has been chosen to do the job, the company announced Thursday. The Water Pollution Control Authority has selected C.H. Nickerson & Co.’s $93 million bid for the work. For more on this story,

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Culture, not understanding, influences views on climate change

May 31st, 2012 | By

SYDNEY: Public apathy about climate change is often put down to a lack of scientific understanding – but the opposite could be true, according to new research. In a paper published in Nature Climate Change this week, researchers from Yale University found that those with the highest degree of scientific literacy were also the most

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Can East Haven’s Farm River Bridge Be Saved?

May 31st, 2012 | By

With pressure mounting from throughout the East Haven community to preserve the historic stone arch structure, the practical question remains: Can the ailing Farm River Bridge actually, physically, be saved? For more on this story, visit: Can the Farm River Bridge Be Saved? – East Haven, CT Patch.



Glastonbury: Wastewater treatment plant updates

May 31st, 2012 | By

GLASTONBURY — The town’s recent $31 million modernization of its wastewater treatment plant has drastically reduced the amount of nitrogen flowing daily into the Connecticut River. For more on this story, visit: Glastonbury: Wastewater treatment plant updates – Courant.com.



Fairfield Students Win Awards for Energy Ideas

May 31st, 2012 | By

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Three Fairfield students were honored as eco-friendly thinkers recently. Izzy Roth, Michael McMahon and Karina McMahon placed in the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund’s “eesmarts” student essay contest. “The eesmarts statewide initiative for students K-12 plays an important part in building greater awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and in stimulating the

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In Portland, A Reminder Of Railroads’ Heyday

May 31st, 2012 | By

Palmer-Taylor Preseve straddles two sides of Middle Haddam Road and features abandoned train tunnels and scenic views of the Connecticut River. A barn and some old farm implements mark the parking area and the trailhead. For more on this story, visit: n Portland, A Reminder Of Railroads’ Heyday – Courant.com.



Canton Land Trust 40th Anniversary Art Contest

May 31st, 2012 | By

Any aged artists can enter to win. Are you an artists whose original artwork is inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Canton Land Trust? Then this is the contest is for you. The winning artwork will be used as a 40th anniversary commemorative print. This is open to all artists of all ages. For more

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EPA Video Project Asks Americans ‘Why Is Water Worth It?’

May 31st, 2012 | By

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. Everyone deserves clean water – it is vital for our health, communities, environment and economy. To help commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking people to send

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‘More research needed to address widespread signs of health, environmental dangers of fracking’: Professor

May 31st, 2012 | By

Lack of Research in Rushed Embrace of Shale Gas as “Bridge Fuel” Seen as Troubling WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 31, 2012 – Modern hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is so new that over half of all the shale gas ever developed in the world has been produced in the last three years, which has resulted in nearly

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Decision in Schneiderman-led suit requires EPA to propose new ‘soot’ air pollution standards

May 31st, 2012 | By

A decision by the Honorable Judge Robert L. Wilkins today in United States District Court for the District of Columbia directs the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose updated soot air pollution standards by June 7. “I applaud the District Court’s decision to require the EPA to take prompt action on standards to reduce

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June Happenings for the CFPA

May 31st, 2012 | By

June Happenings 2012 CT Trails Day Kickoff, Open House, and Highlawn Forest Trail Dedication Friday, June 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CFPA Headquarters, Rockfall (Middlefield) Join CFPA, the president of the American Hiking Society, the U.S. National Park Service, state legislators, REI, Eastern Mountain Sports, The Connecticut Woodcarvers Association, and the sponsors of

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Leader to address ‘dysfunction’ on energy committee

May 31st, 2012 | By

At least four major components of the omnibus energy bill that never made it to the floor of either chamber of the General Assembly in the just-completed annual legislative session are likely to make their way into the special session in two weeks. While the move is expected to rectify some key issues — in

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Connecticut Department of Transportation Examines Rail Environmental Impact Report

May 31st, 2012 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Transportation has released an environmental impact report for the proposed high speed rail line between New Haven and Springfield Massachusetts. The DOT will hold public hearings on the report next month in North Haven, New Britain and Enfield. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story and a link to the dates of the public hearings.



A full slate of events coming up from Audubon Greenwich

May 31st, 2012 | By

Audubon Greenwich ~ Nature Programs & Special Events:   Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 24   Saturday, June 2 HIKE: Trails Day hike to lesser known areas 11:00am-1:00 pm Take part in the fun of Connecticut Trails Day right in your own community! Join the Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) and Audubon Greenwich (AG) on

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A bright future for state waters — CTPost Editorial

May 30th, 2012 | By

Recent designation of the Connecticut River as the nation’s first National Blueway is, of course, a prestigious event, bringing U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Hartford last week to praise those folks who have been advocating for the river for a half-century. For more on this story, visit: A bright future for state waters –

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Proposed downtown Stamford apartment tower hits parking snag

May 30th, 2012 | By

In the wake of efforts to promote smart-growth development, the city’s Zoning Board has begun reviewing a plan by developer Thomas Rich to build a residential tower in the heart of downtown Stamford.