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CTfastrak station nears completion

Oct 18th, 2014 | By

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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Electric Power Rights of Way: A New Frontier for Conservation by Richard Conniff

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife. Nobody loves electrical power transmission lines. They typically bulldoze across the countryside like a clearcut, 150 feet wide and scores

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Rocky Corner cohousing development wins funding, closes on Bethany land

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

Rocky Corner, Connecticut’s first cohousing development, has won funding from two community groups and closed on a former dairy farm property in Bethany. The 33-acre land purchase was completed on Sept. 23, securing the former Elsie Halter farm at the juncture of Meyers and Old Amity roads. The development will be a new sustainable, multi-generational

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DEEP To Remove Toxic Materials From English Station

Oct 16th, 2014 | By
English Station photo by Chris Randall. Click image to see more images from inside the polluted site from Chris Randall.

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.



Barrier At Nuclear Plant Canal ‘Orange Scar’ On River

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

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…



Program launches to protect watersheds within region

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

Federal and state officials launched a program on Wednesday to protect and restore the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. Municipalities and nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will receive a total of $2 million in the first year of the new initiative. For more on this story, visit: Program launches to protect watersheds

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Lawsuit filed against environmental departments suggests disregard for laws

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

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.



DEEP Looking for Public Comment on Updated Wildlife Action Plan

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

If you’re interested in giving state officials your opinions about Connecticut’s wildlife and environmental conservation policies, you’ll have your chance at a series of three public hearings this month and next on the state’s Wildlife Action Plan. For more on this story, visit: DEEP Looking for Public Comment on Updated Wildlife Action Plan – Hartford

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

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

… 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.



Going green could spare flood damage

Oct 15th, 2014 | By
A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. (photo: cjzurcher)

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



Norwalk Community College Installs Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

Two new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are installed and ready for use at Norwalk Community college’s West Campus A-Wing parking lot. For more on this story, visit: NCC Installs Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations :: Norwalk, CT | itsrelevant.com.



Investing in the Paradox: Reconciling Profit and Environmentalism

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

One of Connecticut College’s goals as an institution is “inclusive excellence,” rightly so, because a college (in theory) exists to educate regardless of paying capacity to create opportunities for those who may not have access to them. Conn maintains a substantial financial aid program, providing 52% of enrolled students with aid (a total of $35

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DeLauro, EPA head emphasize Sound’s environmental, economic importance

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Few high school students work in classrooms filled with the sound of rushing water and the smell of lobster around them. But, then again, few students do projects like those Sarah Vedder and others discussed Tuesday with one of Connecticut’s congressional representatives and the nation’s top environmental official at the Sound School. For more on

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Cyclists rally for Mill River Greenway trail expansion project

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Bicyclists braved the rain Saturday for a “Bike Ride and Rally” event to support a planned multi-use off-road trail in Stamford. For more on this story, visit: Cyclists rally for Mill River Greenway trail expansion project – News 12 Connecticut.



Middletown to recycle 60 percent of waste by 2024

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

At present, Middletown produces roughly 32,000 tons of waste per year, divided between private haulers and the city Sanitation District, according to city officials. A large proportion of what goes into landfills and other places, said Nelson, could actually become compost rather than going to waste. For more on this story, visit: Middletown to recycle

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Plymouth’s new rec area is ready for use

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

The kayakers couldn’t get in the water fast enough. As soon as the ribbon was cut on the boat launch at the new Plymouth Reservoir Recreation Area on North Street Thursday they were off and paddling to explore the nearly 40-acre lake. For more on this story, visit: The Bristol Press: Bristol, Conn., and surrounding

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Eightmile RiverFest celebrates a natural gem

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

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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Is Connecticut Ready for a Streetcar Revival?

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

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.



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

Oct 14th, 2014 | By
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 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.



State Lawmakers Urge EPA To Reconsider Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Three Connecticut lawmakers are among the 60 members of Congress who have signed a letter, dated September 30, to Gina McCarthy, administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Elizabeth Esty (D-Fifth Congressional District), Rosa DeLauro (D-Third Congressional District), and James Hines (D-Fourth Congressional District) have joined in requesting the EPA to consider recent findings from

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