Archive for June 2012

Nesting Shorebirds Need Special Protection Over Fourth-of-July Weekend and throughout the Summer Beach Season

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking for the public’s help in protecting birds that nest in coastal areas, especially during the very busy summer beach season.



National pesticide company appealing to kids sense of ‘fun’

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

Hi. I’m Dread Skeeter. My life’s mission is to kill mosquitoes and ticks. I don’t kill because I hate. I kill because I love. I love kids.

I love pets. And I know that mosquitoes and ticks carry diseases that hurt kids and pets. (Adults, too, but I don’t get all mushy over adults – well, maybe moms and grandmas, but that’s where a manly man draws the line.

What?!?!?! Click on this environmental headline for more on this sickening story.



Well contamination may go far beyond Stamford

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

Health officials are urging all Connecticut residents with private wells to test their water for contamination after 31 percent of 628 wells in Stamford tested positive for the banned pesticides chlordane and dieldrin.



Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater, ID’s New Concerns, Determines Likely Locations The report is posted online. The project website includes selected maps and more information. PEMBROKE, N.H. — Potentially harmful levels of naturally occurring arsenic, uranium, radium, radon and manganese have been found in some bedrock groundwater that supplies

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Many great events coming up from the New Haven Bioregional Group!

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

    New Haven Bioregional Group/ Transition Greater New Haven Connecting New Haveners to Their Life-Place Since 2005 “a modern environmentalist adaption of the classic tale” a critique of “green” capitalism and consumerism 93 Osborn Ave, corner of Osborn and Goffe, New Haven  June26, 6pm, $5-10 suggested donation. ______________________________ Saturday, June 30 First REALLY, REALLY,

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New Haven Aims For Solar-Powered Schools

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

The city hopes to tap into a state program that encourages solar energy use through a system of “Renewable Energy Certificate.” The City Plan Commissionlast Wednesday voted unanimously to recommend the city take part in the program.



Centerpoint complex receives environmental award

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

Tall Properties has announced that Centerpoint Connecticut, the LEED Silver registered office park it developed at 306 Industrial Park Road, received a 2012 Connecticut Green Building Award of Merit Thursday . For more on this story, visit: Centerpoint complex receives environmental award – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT.



Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority honored for increasing recycling

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

A statewide organization whose primary mission is improving quality and innovation and manufacturing has honored the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority for increasing the level of recycling among the agency’s Mid-Connecticut Project towns by nearly 20 percent over a three year period ending in 2011. Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership honored CRRA recently for using public

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Vernon: Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Area created

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

The department held a ceremony Friday announcing its purchase of the a 450-acre parcel for $3 million. The acquisition preserves and protects a large portion of the river, the only natural brown and brook trout waterway in the Connecticut River basin, department officials said.



Newington Mechanic Calls Busway Property Acquisition Unacceptable

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

The owner of an auto repair shop in Newington said Thursday he will chain himself to his equipment before he allows the state to seize part of his family’s property in order to complete the New Britain-to-Hartford busway.



Last Green Valley seeks ideas for workshop series

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has published a “Request for Proposals to Develop a Workshop Series for Municipal Officials” as part of the TLGV Sustainable Communities Program. The Last Green Valley is the member-supported, non-profit organization working locally to preserve the irreplaceable land, water, and cultural resources of the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley

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The Art of Graffiti Brings Beauty and Opportunity to Southington Youth

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

Ryan Christiansen is out to prove that graffiti is so much more than just a form of vandalism – and he’s teaching local teenagers to use the art form in a positive way. By Jason Vallee For the past several years, the Farmington River Trail in Southington has been plagued by vandals that tagged buildings

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More Shad Returned To Spawn This Year

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut River saw more shad return to spawn this year than in years past and more dead shad are being seen as a result, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. For more on this story, visit: More Shad Returned To Spawn This Year – Hartford Courant.



A note about Environmental Headlines’ paywall

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

Here’s the note about our paywall: We don’t have one. Environmental Headlines is, still, a free service. Our mission is to deliver Connecticut environmental news that creates real change. That means blogging all of today’s environmental headlines for everyone to read—for free. While other news websites are moving to monthly fees, we are staying free

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Newtown’s Water Supply Subject Of Film

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By

“Sole Source”, a film about Newtown’s water and aquifer, will be shown at the Booth Library on Friday night. The name of the film refers to Newtown’s unique aquifer system that is able to produce drinking water for the entire town. James Belden, president and co-founder of the Pootatuck Watershed Association and resident of Newtown

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State Charts New Environmental Course

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By

With precious limited funding to subsidize alternative energy initiatives, the State of Connecticut is looking to the business community to “step up to the sustainability challenge,” said Dan Esty, commissioner of the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, during the first installment of the Sunset Lecture Series held at Sherwood Island State Park in

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Collinsville author David Leff writes of hidden CT treasures

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By

David K. Leff’s new book, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” extols the virtues and rewards of deep traveling, and the many treasures awaiting the observant and patient explorer acrosss Connecticut. “It’s all about discovering what’s near at hand,” said Leff, 57. “When we go on vacation, our eyes are open. I feel we can get the

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State Officially Adds Vernon Mason Property to its Open Space Rolls

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By

Open space. It’s the final frontier in these parts, according to Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty. That’s why he made such a big deal on Friday in announcing that the acquisition of a 449-acre parcel of land off Reservoir Road had been finalized. For more on this story, visit: State

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Headline from News 12 reads: Lobster ban to be enforced in LI Sound

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By


Evangelicals Praise Senate For Protecting the Unborn from Mercury Pollution

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By

WASHINGTON, DC – In a full vote this week the Senate rejected a measure intended to roll back the EPA’s implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a rule that would limit mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. “Today is a great day for our kids and the unborn. The U.S. Senate did

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