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Talcott Mountain Busy During Fall Foliage

The park, home to the Heublein Tower in Simsbury

Robert Miller: Connect the dots from deregulation to aquatic invasives

Who would have thought that deregulating the state’s electric utility system in the late 1990s would have a hand in the growing thickets of Eurasian watermilfoil in Candlewood Lake? Are the dots connectable? “Absolutely,” said Larry Marsicano, the executive director of the Candlewood Lake Authority. For more on this story, visit: Robert Miller: Connect the

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Stopping illegal dumping at Wallingford’s Tyler Mill preserve

An anti-dumping effort needs to be rejuvenated and then gain momentum.

Highstead leads the charge in the Hudson to Housatonic initiative

A new interstate collaboration of more than two dozen local and regional conservation organizations and municipal partners across southwestern Connecticut and Westchester and Putnam counties in New York will …

English Station photo by Chris Randall. Click image to see more images from inside the polluted site from Chris Randall.

DEEP To Remove Toxic Materials From English Station

The U.S. Coast Guard and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have have been responding to what has been termed a “substantial” and now an “imminent threat” to the Mill River.

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Lawsuit filed against environmental departments suggests disregard for laws

The lawsuit contends that in pushing through the state’s multibillion dollar energy plan DEEP and PURA are blatantly ignoring state laws which require environmental evaluations of the gas expansion projects.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy held a news conference at Union Station in New Haven to announce that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line beginning on Monday, February 3. The project will prevent the type of catastrophic power failure that occurred this past fall in Mount Vernon, New York, seriously disrupting service on the New Haven Line.

CTLCV endorses Malloy in governor’s race

For the first time since its inception in 1998, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) has chosen to endorse in a gubernatorial race. After interviewing both candidates, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has earned the CTLCV’s endorsement as a strong leader on protection of Connecticut’s environment. “It is not often that you have such a solid record for a candidate in making these decisions. Governor Malloy’s record has been exemplary,” said Lori Brown, CTLCV Executive Director.

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State Probing Millstone Water Dumped Into Long Island Sound

State environmental officials are taking a closer look at the impact of more than two billion gallons of water discharged into Long Island Sound from Connecticut’s nuclear plant.

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HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar 11-5 Sept. 27-28, Greenwich

Enjoy this exciting two-day nature festival at Audubon’s sanctuary in northern Greenwich – a celebration of the annual hawk migration passing overhead at Audubon Greenwich’s “Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this great event from Headlines sponsor Audubon Connecticut!

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DEEP warning motorists to beware of deer, moose this fall

Connecticut’s DEEP Wildlife Division reminds motorists to be watchful of increased deer and moose activity, especially during early morning and evening hours. September through October is the peak of the breeding season for Connecticut’s small but expanding moose population in the northern part of the state.

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Preserving Crucial Tern Habitat in Long Island Sound

While the terns are currently thriving, their environment is being overrun by nuisance and invasive plant species, such as the wild radish, Black Swallow-wort, and Asiatic Bittersweet, that threaten to destroy their nesting sites.

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CCE celebrating safe drug disposal policies at local pharmacies

A note from Louis W. Burch, Government Relations, Citizens Campaign for the Environment Pharmacies will be able to take back unused medications for safe disposal Flushing and landfilling are never the right disposal solutions for unused pharmaceutical drugs. After years of relentless advocacy by CCE and our partners, safe drug disposal options will now become

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Rare Birds To Be Punted From Rentschler Field Area

It’s a prime habitat for nesting birds, including upland sandpipers, grasshopper sparrows and bobolinks. However, an $84 million, 350,000-square-foot outlet shopping center is planned for the site.

A red tail hawk surveys the Connecticut coastline. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

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Water

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Barrier At Nuclear Plant Canal ‘Orange Scar’ On River

During its 30 years of operation, Connecticut Yankee restricted access to the discharge canal by boat, but fishermen were allowed to gather along the banks of the man made inlet. The floating boom was removed in 2007 and the canal once again became popular with fishermen, this time arriving by water. But the boat access began to worry Connecticut Yankee managers…

A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. (photo: cjzurcher)

Going green could spare flood damage

New Haven’s flood problems might be solved with green infrastructure, according to a project currently under review in City Hall.

Eightmile RiverFest celebrates a natural gem

Connecticut’s rivers and streams don’t get the respect they deserve. Organizers of this weekend’s RiverFest on the Eightmile River say it’s time to savor and celebrate the “Wild and Scenic” river in our midst. The Eightmile River Watershed, which starts in Colchester, stretches through Salem, East Haddam and Lyme, and abuts East Lyme, was designated

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Thousands of Letters Delivered to EPA Leader on Banks of Connecticut River: Advocates Call For Stronger Protections for Local Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. John Larson, state Rep. Mary Mushinsky, New England Regional EPA head Curt Spalding and DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, Clean Water Action, Rivers Alliance, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club, CT Coalition for Environmental Justice, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and other groups stressed the need for improved water protections and to showcase the importance of clean water for everyone.

Land

Bigelow Hollow, Pachaug forest worth exploring in Last Green Valley

Located in Union, on the Massachusetts border….

East Lyme program touts benefits of salt marshes for people, wildlife

Salt marshes are not only home to a variety of creatures and wildlife, but are also important to humans by buffering storms and floods.

From left, Old Saybrook Land Trust President Joe Nochera and Treasurer Mike Urban present Alicia Sullivan and Lori Fernand of The Trust for Public Land showcase a check for $30,000 toward The Preserve purchase at the trailhead on Ingham Hill Road. (photo: Bob Lorenz)

Old Saybrook Land Trust gives $30,000 toward preserve purchase

Old Saybrook Land Trust President Joe Nochera and Treasurer Mike Urban recently presented Alicia Sullivan and Lori Fernand of the Trust for Public Land with a $30,000 donation toward the purchase and preservation of the 1,000-acre Preserve.

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50 acres added to Whalebone Cove Division of Conte Refuge, Lyme

Nearly 50 acres in Lyme, Conn., will become part of the Whalebone Cove Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, thanks to collaboration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. The conserved parcel almost doubles the total acreage of the division, bringing it up to 116 acres.

Energy

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Bridgeport Council passes resolution to retire coal plant. PSEG to donate and install solar panels

Monday night, in a 17-1 vote overseen by Mayor Bill Finch, the Bridgeport City Council approved a resolution calling for a responsible and managed retirement of the Bridgeport Harbor Station coal plant.

“This is a huge step toward healthier air and cleaner water in Bridgeport,” said Onté Johnson, Bridgeport organizing representative of the Sierra Club.

Milford, Bridgeport microgrid projects get $5M from state

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford – which will help keep critical buildings and facilities in those two cities powered even when the grid goes down – have been awarded a total of $5.1 million through the second round of the innovative Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program.

Energy stance: Malloy embraces activism, Foley the market | The CT Mirror

Ed Note: Unfortunately, as we have heard, Malloy sees natural gas as “cleaner.” The question is: How can we get him to invest in other forms of energy as robustly as he has invested in natural gas?  “Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable.” That mantra has guided the energy policy of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration since

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Micro grid power plant at Backus in Norwich will be used for storms, outages

Thirty or more officials from the city, Norwich Public Utilities, The William W. Backus Hospital and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative gathered at the end of Matlack Road Monday morning had those storms and others in mind. The event marked the completion of a $9 million, four-unit diesel generation micro grid power plant that

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Business

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Ansonia considers $20M organic recycling facility

A proposal to build a $20.5 million organic recycling and anaerobic digestion facility here, where food waste is turned into green energy, will be the subject of a public informational meeting Thursday.

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EPA warns Stratford on sale of Sewer System

Noting that significant Federal and State funds were used to finance the massive re-building of the Stratford sewer system several years ago, the EPA letterexpresses concern over the long-term viability of this wastewater infrastructure, should it be sold to a private corporation.

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New Malloy Ad Focuses On UTC Deal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign sought to defend Malloy’s economic development policies in an ad released Friday that touts a $400 million deal with United Technologies Corp. approved earlier this year.

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CT’s first commercial wind project wins legal battle

West Hartford renewable energy developer BNE Energy is cleared to build three wind turbines in Colebrook, after a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling on Monday ended a three-year legal battle.

Transportation

CTfastrak station nears completion

While working on the New Britain Downtown Station, a CTfastrak construction worker hums the theme to “The Jetsons.” Lisa Rivers, transit manager for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, knows why. “He says the lampposts look like flying saucers,” she said. “We used a lot of stainless steel here. It’s easy to maintain and it has

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Hartford’s Downtown North project is a chance to enhance transit

… the mixed-use development proposal calls for far too much new parking and not enough in the way of improved pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure.

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Is Connecticut Ready for a Streetcar Revival?

Streetcars have been pitched in some locations before — namely, New Haven and Stamford. In 2012, a proposal to create a install a streetcar system reportedly went “down in flames” after an attempt to fund a local study.

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Bridging the gap

There have been several crashes in recent months, some of them fatal, involving Amtrak and Metro-North trains in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Norwalk bridge is one of four movable bridges on the New Haven line, all more than 109 years old and all in need of major rehabilitation or replacement.

Climate Change

East Coast cities susceptible to more tidal flooding

The report looks at the effects of rising sea levels in 52 communities along the East and Gulf coasts using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tide gauges. New London’s tide gauge, located on the Thames River, shows the city now experiences two tidal floods per year, “but changes in flood frequency could be steep,” the

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Environmental Headlines editor Christopher Zurcher wearing his Environmental Headlines hat and t-shirt (x-larges available, and other sizes probably too, just inquire) and partner Rachel Heerema stand on Central Park West approaching the People's Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014.

People’s Climate March… Voices Heard?

Many of us participated in the inspiring People’s Climate March on 9/21/2014 in New York City. Marchers represented a wide variety of religious, educational, environmental, energy, social justice, peace, health, labor, cultural and other organizations. Click on this Environmental Headline for more about the climate march.

There were people, aka climate marchers, as far as the eye could see looking north up Central Park West in New York City during the People's Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Will Massive People’s Climate March Launch a Movement that Can Challenge Corporate Power?

The summit is intended to kickstart a process that it is hoped will result in a substantive international agreement at next December’s global climate negotiations in Paris.

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NY A.G. Schneiderman op-ed on climate in the NYT

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently published an op-ed on The Huffington Post on the recent pattern of extreme weather events across New York State as well as his office’s efforts to address the effects of climate change and protect our communities.