Archive for July 2013

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CFE applauds long-awaited conservation opportunity for ‘The Preserve’ (update)

Jul 31st, 2013 | By
This view of the Preserve area is looking south east from Essex (Route 153 in the foreground), toward Saybrook Point and Long Island Sound in the distance. The mouth of the Connecticut River is at the top left, Connecticut Valley Railroad line visible center left, and the Pequot Swamp in The Preserve is at center right. (photo: © R. Lorenz)

After 15-Year Fight, a deal has been reached to purchase the thousand-acre forest in eastern Connecticut for conservation purposes.

“This is a momentous development in protecting Connecticut’s open space,” said Roger Reynolds, legal director and director of land protection programs for CFE. “This agreement finally gives Connecticut the opportunity to conserve one of the last major unprotected coastal wetland and coastal forest complexes between New York City and Boston.”

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New EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Gives Inaugural Speech at Harvard Law School

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
(photo: Harvard Magazine/KX)

Administrator Gina McCarthy affirmed the Obama administration’s commitment to fighting climate change in her first public address since assuming her new role. Her spirited remarks, delivered Tuesday at Harvard Law School, cited past EPA successes as part of a broader argument that measures to control climate change are a necessary part of a “sound economic and global agenda.” Click on this environmental headline for more from Harvard Magazine.



Cycling in New Haven

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

There are a lot of people spinning their wheels in New Haven these days. Literally, as more people than ever are riding bikes not just for recreation but …



Cuomo signs Long Island Power Authority restructuring bill

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that privatizes utility operations on Long Island by gradually turning over many of Long Island Power Authority’s day-to-day operations to New Jersey-based PSEG. For more on this story, visit: Cuomo signs Long Island Power Authority restructuring bill – Power Engineering.



DEEP Accepting Applications for EVConnecticut Incentives Program

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

DEEP has announced that funding is available to businesses and municipalities for the installation of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations across Connecticut.



Protesters arrested at Mass. coal-fired plant (video)

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

Dozens of climate activists were arrested Sunday at a rally protesting a coal-fired power plant in Somerset. Forty-four protesters demanding cleaner, alternative fuel sources were arrested at the Brayton Point Power Station and charged with trespassing. For video coverage of the protest, visit The Struggle.org. For more on this story, visit: Protesters arrested at Mass.

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Elizabeth Park Conservancy Celebrates First Annual Meeting

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy held its first annual meeting on July 16 at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park. Kathy Kraczkowsky, past president of the Conservancy, and new president, Laura Berman, welcomed their guests, which included Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.



New Britain Gets $500,000 State Development Grant

Jul 27th, 2013 | By

With the busway scheduled to start operations in a year and a half, the state is giving the city $500,000 to plan downtown redevelopment to take advantage of economic growth possibilities.



Vote slated on funds for Land Trust project

Jul 27th, 2013 | By

The town’s taxpayers will have an opportunity to vote in a referendum on whether to give funding to the Kent Land Trust to help purchase the former Girl Scout property Camp Francis. For more on this story, visit: Vote slated on funds for Land Trust project Republican American.



Contaminated material found at New Haven athletic field

Jul 27th, 2013 | By

Sections of Bowen Field near James Hillhouse High School will be closed down starting Friday due to elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, city officials said, The Board of Education’s environmental consultant Eagle Environmental discovered the materials while performing preliminary testing in the area. The testing is part of the pre-demolition process for the field’s renovation

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NewEnglandTrail.net has a new interactive website

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

Welcome! The NET is a 215-mile long-distance hiking trail from Long Island Sound (CT) to the MA/NH border. For more on this story, visit: New England Trail.



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Jul 26th, 2013 | By

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Westport Considers Second Downtown Development Proposal

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

The Downtown 2020 Committee heard the second design firm proposal for the redevelopment of Westport’s central area at another Town Hall meeting Wednesday night. The RBA Group of Connecticut, LLC, based in Norwalk, presented its plan, which placed an emphasis on the Saugatuck River as the place where Westport began and the place where its future lies,

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Quinnipiac River Linear Trail in Wallingford has hidden gems

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

Escaping from the daily grind isn’t always easy, but for those wanting a little break you don’t have to wander very far. The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail may not seem very grand, but it’s hidden little gems may be the incentive you need to reboot your day. For more on this story, visit: Quinnipiac River

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UConn researchers and green energy

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

Going green could go even further with a new partnership at UConn. The university and state are joining with Fraunho USA.



Natural Gas Rig Fire in the Gulf, Another Wakeup Call

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

This incident begs the question: if the safety recommendations of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill had been implemented swiftly, would this accident have occurred at all? It is particularly notable that the blowout preventer appears not to have worked in this instance, just as is it didn’t on the Deepwater

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Gov. Malloy announces plant grant application review

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development, has been diligently reviewing requests for the recently announced PLANT (Production Loss Assistance Needed Today) Grants since the July 15, 2013 application deadline.



Norwalk Wheeled Blue Bin Hell | Greenburbs

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

The City of Norwalk has gone insane again… they are taking away all (stealing?) all the blue buckets and replacing them with giant bins on wheels. It’s fine for a residential homeowner, problem is they’ve been doing this with all the business people as well, or apartment dwellers, where people live or work up a flight or more of stairs and have no place to store their new bin on wheels anywhere.



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Jul 25th, 2013 | By

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