Archive for December 2013

FuelCell Energy Completes 14.9 MW Fuel Cell Park for Dominion on Schedule

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

The installation consists of five fuel cell power plants and an organic rankine cycle turbine for added output and further efficiency gains, with the power output adequate to power approximately 15,000 average size U.S. homes.



Rivers Alliance of Connecticut names Lynn Werner 2013 Environmental Champion

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

The award was in recognition of Werner’s inspiring leadership in protecting the Housatonic River watershed, the regional Highlands, the wetlands and water courses in her hometown of Kent and throughout Connecticut. Werner brings to the vocation of environmental stewardship good science, good sense, good humor, dedication, diplomacy, and super energy. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Rivers Alliance.



River Road retail project: Some work can continue as developer seeks changes

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

A stop-work order has been lifted by the Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on the construction of the retail project at 781-785 River Road (Route 110), across the street from the Sports Center of Connecticut. The developer now can move forward with footing and foundation work for the 5,800-square-foot structure being built. For more

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Sewage leaks into Naugatuck River, above Housatonic

Dec 28th, 2013 | By

Work crews stopped the sewage leak on Dec. 26 that dumped about 150,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Naugatuck River starting Dec. 25. The Naugatuck River merges with the Housatonic River in Derby and then flows south before emptying into the Long Island Sound between Stratford and Milford. According to news reports, the raw

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One of every 7 fracking chemicals are known or suspected endocrine disruptors. Keep fracking waste out of Connecticut

Dec 28th, 2013 | By
Fracking Site in Warren Center, PA (Fracking Lawyer, Ostroff Law)

A statement from the Concerned Health Professionals of New York statement says that “of the 700-plus chemicals that can be used in fracking — 100 are known or suspected to be endocrine disrupters.” You can help groups in Connecticut who are dead set against fracking waste being sent to Connecticut for disposal. Click on this Environmental Headline for more information.



10 Reasons 2013 Was a Good Year for Conservation

Dec 28th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Audubon Society isn’t letting 2013 pass without pointing out some of the highlights. An email alert and a page on their website outlines them nicely. “In 2013 we welcomed tens of thousands of hikers, improved hundreds of acres of key habitat, and provided outdoor science education to thousands of school children. We also found time for plenty of birding, and to help make it easier for birders around the state to get out to see Snowy Owls, Piping Plovers, Purple Martins and dozens of other birds.”



New Haven ranked 8th according to number of those who walk to work

Dec 28th, 2013 | By

Densely populated neighborhoods, commercial district city squares and multiple public transit lines all span the city of Cambridge, Mass., creating an environment ideal for walking. The most recent Census counts estimate nearly a quarter of the city’s residents walk to work, far more than any other larger U.S. city. The percentage of walk-to-work commuters in New Haven is 11.2, according to the data and a report on Governing.com. 67% take a car. 15.3% public transportation. 4.8% ride a bike or take a cab. And 1.7% work from home.



New Haven Streetlight Bill Cut $110K After UI ‘Fleecing’

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Looking over the city’s electric bill, Giovanni Zinn noticed something odd: United Illuminating was charging New Haven three times more than Connecticut Light & Power would to keep streetlights lit. Zinn (pictured) did some more digging, the city hired a lawyer, and now New Haven will save about $110,000 on streetlight power in the coming

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Dec 27th, 2013 | By

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Seymour unveils plans for scenic greenway

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Conceptual plans to create a scenic greenway trail along the Naugatuck River were unveiled during this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting. Economic Development Director Fred A. Messore has been working with the Cheshire-based firm of Milone & MacBroom, one of the largest firms in the Northeast specializing in civil engineering, planning, landscape architecture and land

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Eelgrass beds increase in Long Island Sound

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Between 2009 and 2012, eelgrass, an underwater plant that forms meadows that are ecologically important for fish and shellfish, increased by 4.5 percent in Long Island Sound, according to a recently released report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more on this story, visit: Eelgrass beds increase in Long Island Sound – New

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Solar Company Sues State Over Renewable Energy Contracts

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

A company called Allco Finance Limited has filed a lawsuit against the DEEP and its Commissioner Daniel C. Esty alleging the contracts for renewable power it signed with a 250 megawatt wind project in Maine and a 20 megawatt solar project in Connecticut violated the Federal Power Act and the U.S. Constitution. The CT News Junkie reports. …



USDA Conservation Stewardship program accepting applications through Jan. 17

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Producers interested in participating in the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program should submit applications by Jan. 17. “Through the Conservation Stewardship Program, farmers and forest landowners are going the extra mile to conserve our nation’s resources,” Connecticut NRCS State Conservationist Lisa Coverdale said in a news release. “Through their conservation actions, they are

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Connecticut Audubon Society warns partridge population on the decline

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Partridges have become so rare in Connecticut in the last two decades that it might be easier to find two French hens or three turtle doves than a partridge, also called the ruffed grouse, the society said. The reason for the scarcity, and the solution, is in the woods themselves, the society said. For more

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Connecticut is not monitoring pesticide use — Courant editorial

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

In Connecticut, no one is quite sure, in part because no one knows how much pesticide is being used on lawns, playgrounds, parks and agricultural fields. That from an article in ctnow.com by Greg Hladky, who reports that while licensed landscapers, lawn-care professionals and farmers send in reports to the state each year on how

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Effort underway to link groups connected to Long Island Sound

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

While Long Island Sound stretching 113 miles from New York to the Rhode Island border, there is no umbrella organization to connect the various parts together into a single entity to promote its identity and appreciation. Some hope this isn’t the case for much longer.



Former Head Of Plainville’s Sewer Plant Sentenced To Prison For Corruption

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Plainville’s former sewer plant superintendent was sentenced Monday to four years in prison on corruption and other charges. He pleaded guilty to 19 felonies, including five counts of first-degree larceny, three counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of tampering with a witness, one count of second-degree larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery, four counts

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Snowy Owls Visiting Connecticut Shoreline (update)

Dec 26th, 2013 | By
A snowy owl sits on a Long Beach Stratford stone pier in Connecticut Nov. 30. (photo: George Oleyer)

Officials at the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say Connecticut is being frequented early and often this year by a majestic winged arctic visitor.



More studies needed on artificial turf fields, EPA says

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

“Now, finally, the EPA is retracting assuring people of the safety of these fields,” EHHI Executive Director Nancy Alderman said in a news release.

Now, she said, maybe people will finally believe us about the dangers of synthetic turf, even though hundreds of towns have spent millions of dollars installing exactly these kinds of fields for their residents, including children, to play on.

Enter the search term “turf” in the search box on this page for more stories about artificial turf and towns that have spent millions installing them for children and others to play on.



Dona Nobis Pacem — Peace on Earth, from the Birds on BirdNote

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

Doves symbolize peace on earth, goodwill to all. BirdNote celebrates the season with a version of Dona Nobis Pacem, arranged and played by Nancy Rumbel.