Archive for April 2013

Young Scientist Offers Synthetic Turf Warning

Apr 24th, 2013 | By

One day before neighbors are to meet on the future of Bowen Field, a Hillhouse student shared the results of her relevant research: A synthetic turf field at the high school’s new gridiron would likely send rubber pellets leaching into New Haven’s Beaver Pond.



OPINION: Earth Day reminds us our planet is special

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By

By U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy IF EARTH DAY serves any purpose, it’s to remind us what makes our planet so special. Here in Connecticut, so much of that wonder is embodied in the Long Island Sound. Our closeness to the sea has defined our history and traditions in everything from the foods we eat to

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Bethany artist creates replica of Quinnipiac River with plastic water bottles and river water (video)

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By

“It’s a call to attention,” said Fritz Horstman, who created the 100-foot long public sculpture throughout the day. “I’m not against plastic water bottles. We need them. But we should also understand the water cycle, since we have a river about 10 blocks from here.”



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Apr 23rd, 2013 | By

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Leaving land as a legacy in the Last Green Valley

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By

The Morse House in the Yale-Myers Forest in Eastford was the site of a land legacy workshop on April 18. Landowners gathered to hear a presentation by Quiet Corner Initiative Coordinator Shane Hetzler, forester Steven Broderick with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, attorney William Dakin, and Lindsay Michel, the Land Conservation director

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Millstone will seek higher temperature limit for intake water

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By

With the 40-year trend of warming water temperatures in Long Island Sound showing no signs of abating, Millstone owner Dominion is preparing over the next two months to ask the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow it to adapt its nuclear power plants to the new normal. For more on this story, visit: The Day –

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NY Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin to keynote 22nd Annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit, April 26

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

  NEW HAVEN, CT – Today, Save the Sound announced that prize-winning New York Times climate blogger, journalist and author Andrew Revkin will be the featured speaker at the 22nd annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit on April 26. This year’s summit will take place at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. In the

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Unhealthy mercury levels persist in Connecticut waterways and fish (update)

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

Mercury remains a “significant, persistent (and) complex problem,” said Robert Kaliszewski, director of planning and program development with DEEP.



Happy Earth Day! See how far we’ve come with this video from CT DEEP.

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

Happy Earth Day from Environmental Headlines. This DEEP video highlights Connecticut’s environmental successes since the first Earth Day in 1970. In addition it looks at the challenges that we still face, recognizing that we all have a role in this effort.



CT DEEP’s Environmental Connection newsletter

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

Air Permit Amnesty for Schools  DEEP’s Air Bureau has notified all of Connecticut’s public and private K-12 schools about an opportunity to participate in a short-term Air Permit Amnesty Program. Schools often operate boilers and diesel generators that may be large enough to require individual air permits or, combined, may trigger Title V applicability. The

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Climate activist Bill McKibben wins Gandhi Peace Award

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

Bill McKibben is one of the most notable players in the environmentalist movement in the United States. He’s written a dozen books, starting with “The End of Nature” in 1989. An activist journalist, his work has appeared in “The Atlantic Monthly,” “Harper’s,” “Mother Jones,” and “Rolling Stone,” to name a few. A Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he’s been granted honorary degrees from 12 colleges. And now, to add to his accomplishments, he’s the most recent recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award.



EPA Commemorates Earth Day, Continues Conversation on Climate Change

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

  WASHINGTON – This Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the conversation on climate change through public engagement and education on the importance of continuing to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on. As we continue to make strides in protecting the climate

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Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound Exhibit at Bruce Museum Nov. 2, 2013-May 23, 2014

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

Found in estuaries around the world, oysters are a favored delicacy for humans and play a valuable role in ecosystems and economies. These unassuming molluscs have sustained Native Americans, cleaned polluted harbors, provided critical habitat, and created waterside cultures. • Explore the science and natural history of oysters, particularly the Long Island Sound’s native Eastern

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New Haven’s Edgewood Park to blossom with fruit trees (video)

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

Imagine going for a walk in a city park, plucking a few ripe peaches from a tree and going home to make peach cobbler for a family picnic. Welcome to the not-too-distant future in Edgewood Park. For more on this story, visit: New Haven’s Edgewood Park to blossom with fruit trees (video)- The New Haven

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Task force to be named for Norwich energy facility

Apr 21st, 2013 | By

Connecticut lawmakers are set to announce a task force for a clean energy research and development facility on the campus of the former Norwich State Hospital in Preston and Norwich. For more on this story, visit: Task force to be named for Norwich energy facility – Connecticut Post.



Tons of untreated sewage flows into New England waterways

Apr 21st, 2013 | By

Billions of gallons of raw sewage and contaminated stormwater surge every year into the waterways and onto the streets of New England, as a 40-year-old pledge to clean America’s lakes, rivers and streams remains unfulfilled.



On Opening Day, Anglers Warned To Guard Against Spread Of Invasive Algae

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

When hundreds of anglers show up Saturday for the annual Riverton Fishing Derby, something besides hungry trout will be lurking in the chilly waters of the Farmington River. Clinging to the rocks and stones of the streambed is an unwelcome interloper whose presence worries stream biologists and trout enthusiasts. For more on this story, visit:

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FuelCell shares jump on revenue outlook

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

Fresh from announcing plans to manufacture a 1.4-megawatt fuel-cell power plant to service Hartford Hospital, Danbury-based FuelCell Energy said Thursday it expects to report improved revenue for the second quarter, and investors are taking notice. For more on this story, visit: FuelCell shares jump on revenue outlook – StamfordAdvocate.



Connecticut College Makes Princeton Review ‘Green Guide’

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

Connecticut College has again been selected as a campus to be featured in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. The publication recognizes 320 colleges in the United States and two in Canada that “demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.” The list is prepared in

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LETTER: Why Not A Fuel Cell Farm For UConn?

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

UConn and the Storrs area are in dire need of a new source of water and the state is planning on spending billions more to increase the student population. which will need vastly more water to support them. For more on this story, visit: LETTER: Why Not A Fuel Cell Farm For UConn? – Courant.com.