Archive for January 2014

LETTER: Now is the time to invest in solar energy

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

The Town of Hamden is currently administering a solar energy program abundant with local, state, and federal incentives, making this the ideal time to acquire a solar energy system.



Wind Power To Supply 100% Of School’s Electricity Needs

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

Through a deal with Connecticut-based renewable energy firm Viridian Power Co., The Storm King School (SKS), a New York-based boarding school, has begun consuming electricity that is entirely generated by local wind farms.



Land trust uses grant to acquire 20 acres in Stafford to preserve as farmland

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

The grant came from the Jessie B. Cox-Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, James Gage, the land trust’s treasurer, said. For more on this story, visit: Land trust uses grant to acquire 20 acres in Stafford to preserve as farmland – Journal Inquirer: Stafford.



Hundreds of striped bass found dead in Connecticut River tributary

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

It appears as if humans weren’t the only ones badly stressed by the recent cold snap. Hundreds of striped bass were found dead this week in the Blackhall River, a tributary of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, in what state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials believe was a natural die-off related to

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Westerly Teens Expand Their Grease Recycling Program

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

A team of 10-year-olds started the program, called Turn Grease Into Fuel (TGIF), in Westerly five years ago to help both their local community and environment. Fifteen-year-old Cassandra Lin, one of the founders of this student-led community service project, said she was astonished to learn at a young age that families in Westerly were struggling

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The Getting Started In Organic Farming Conference January 18

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

See the Environmental Headlines Calendar Page and the advertisement on the front page of Environmental Headlines for more information on this conference. The average age of food producers in Connecticut is 57 while the demand for locally produced, organic foods is on the rise. Now more than ever, the state of Connecticut must draw beginning

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Authorities: Sewage spill wasn’t accident

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

Authorities say a Christmas Day sewage spill in Seymour may have been intentional. The spill dumped nearly 150,000 gallons of wastewater into the Naugatuck River. For more on this story, visit: Authorities: Sewage spill wasn’t accident | WTNH.com Connecticut.



Reminder For Ag Producers To Take Advantage Of On-Farm Energy Initiative

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

Connecticut State conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks to remind agricultural producers of an initiative designed to help them transition to more energy-efficient operations. The initiative will make funding available for individual on-farm energy audits that – when fully implemented – are designed to save both money and energy. Although applications are

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Group looks to save The Preserve in Old Saybrook

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

Stepping atop a small knoll beside the old muddy cart path through the 1,000-acre forest known as The Preserve, Christopher Cryder took the stance of a golfer, grasped an imaginary club and took a swing. “Right up there is where hole number 6 was planned of the championship golf course,” he said, addressing about 50

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DEEP approves plan to cull deer to try to reduce ticks in Redding

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

State wildlife officials are defending a plan underway to reduce the number of deer in the area. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says their goal is to reduce the number of ticks. They approved a plan put forth by the State Agricultural Experimental Station. They say they are conducting a study that looks

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New Haven project approved for $7.5 million in state funding

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

The state has approved money for construction of a headquarters for a major nonprofit and the city’s new economic development administrator said he is pleased with the proposed building. The state Bond Commission on Thursday approved $7.5 million toward construction of the $11 million, 30,000-square foot headquarters. For more on this story, visit: New Haven

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Can you support CTEH with a contribution today? Thanks!

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Visit the How to Support Us page to find out more on how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Headlines today. A big ‘Thank You’ to all those to have chosen to support this local effort to bring you Connecticut’s environmental news. Please visit the website and click on some of our advertisers. It

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In 2014 Gulf Restoration ‘Begins in Earnest’

Jan 9th, 2014 | By

This spring will mark the four year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. 2014 looks to be the year when large scale restoration of the damaged ecosystem will begin in earnest. The Audubon Society expects significant action in selecting and funding restoration projects. “Although the BP trial is not yet finished, the RESTORE

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Our opinion: Paranoia wins, river loses with disbanding of ‘National Blueways System’

Jan 9th, 2014 | By

The only bright spot in all of this is that the Connecticut River will retain its designation, but CRWC Executive Director Andrew Fiske said it was unclear how the watershed would now benefit from having a designation from a program that has ended. “The Interior Department did say that they want that collaboration to continue,

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Gov. Malloy announces funds for Rochford Field remediation in Hamden

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Rochford Field is a heavily used town park located within the larger Newhall Street Neighborhood Remediation Project that was built several decades ago on top of many feet of contaminated fill. The state funding will assist the town in remediating the land that will include covering the park by an impermeable liner and a drainage layer, and then backfilling it with approximately two feet of clean soil.



Why I’m Still Skeptical of GMOs | Mother Jones

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Over the weekend, listservs, blogs, and Twitter feeds lit up with reactions to Amy Harmon’s New York Times deep dive into the politics behind a partial ban on growing genetically modified crops on Hawaii’s main island. The fuss obscured a much more significant development that occurred with little fanfare (and no Times attention) on Friday, when

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Coast Guard Cutter relocates to break ice on Conn. River

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

The Coast Guard Cutter Bollard was temporarily relocated from New Haven to Middletown Wednesday to be able to break up ice on the Connecticut River. The Bollard is a 65-foot harbor tug and is responsible for serving as an aid to navigation, as well as breaking up ice in Long Island Sound and surrounding rivers.

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State Grant To Expand Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

East Lyme is slated to receive $200,000, half of which would be used to buy the 41-acre Bayreuther property overlooking the Niantic River. On January 7, State Senator Andrea Stillman (D-Waterford) joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, State Rep. Ed Jutila (D-East Lyme, Salem) and State Rep. Betsy Ritter (D-Waterford, Montville) to announce a state grant to purchase

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Advocates Call for ‘Parity’ in Commuter Tax Benefit

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Saying a new tax structure is hitting commuters in the pocketbooks, advocates from the tri-state area—including the Fairfield County Business Council and Federated Conservationists of Westchester—are calling for Congress to restore what they call “parity in the commuter tax benefit.” For more on this story, visit: Advocates Call for ‘Parity’ in Commuter Tax Benefit –

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Environmental studies magnet school opens

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

After three years in temporary facilities, the state’s newest natural sciences and environmental studies magnet school has its own state of the art new home. The Connecticut River Academy, part of the Goodwin College campus, formally opened Tuesday in East Hartford. For more on this story, visit: Environmental studies magnet school opens | WTNH.com Connecticut.