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Westchester County gets ‘B’ for protecting Long Island Sound

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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New Haven-based Long Island Sound advocacy group Save the Sound says Westchester’s sewage treatment plants are doing a good job removing nitrogen before discharging into the Sound but have to do more.



National Environmental Education Week

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), April 13-19, 2014, is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students For more on this story, visit: National Environmental Education Week.



MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space?

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Less than two-thirds of Connecticut towns have conserved more than the state goal of 21 percent. For more on this story, visit: MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space? – Around Town – Madison, CT Patch.



Conn. biologist joins international salmon group – Connecticut – Boston.com

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

President Barack Obama has appointed a senior biologist at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization. Stephen Gephard has worked as the supervising biologist at the DEEP since 1995. He joins two other commissioners whose appointments were announced Thursday. For more on this

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Flood warning for Conn. River issued

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
Connecticut River in Cromwell (photo: Ross Powell)

Melting snow from northern New England is causing the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Connecticut River in Hartford and Middlesex Counties.



Disease On The Wings Of Climate Change

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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Whether the Fairfield County colony of Asian tiger mosquitoes survived our unusually cold winter is not yet known, but northward expansion of the mosquito’s territory and evolution of its wintering behavior are further evidence of regional climate change and things to come.



New Haven development site may hold motherlode of artifacts, city man says

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

For a decade, Robert Greenberg has had his eye on a parcel along College Street, between George and Crown, across the street from Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. It’s the site of a mixed-use, $50 million development being built by the Middletown company CenterPlan. For more on this story, visit: New Haven development site

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Connecticut College’s Steel House Wins Preservation Award

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has taken notice of the tremendous effort of the college to transform its historic Steel House from a rusty eyesore into a useful building and model of sustainability. The Trust has selected the Steel House and Connecticut College for an Award of Merit, which will be presented in the

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Yankee’s thermal discharge permit prompts disagreement between Entergy, state

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced this week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit for Vermont Yankee’s continuing thermal discharge into the Connecticut River. Entergy wants permission to increase the temperature of the

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Will West Haven’s Land Trust reject Sandy Hook playground?

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
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It could happen — but people on all sides are trying to work things out so it doesn’t.



Bald eagles returned to Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail to nest

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
One of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in Windsor Locks (Paul J. Fusco/CT DEEP)

A pair of bald eagles returned to Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail to nest for the fourth year in a row. To protect them, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has closed a portion of the trail until July 1.



West Haven mayor, Sen. Murphy call for LI Sound funding

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy called a press conference at the shore to push for passage of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act, which would reauthorize expired funding for a host of Long Island Sound programs.



Old Saybrook included in folk musicians’ tour to benefit Connecticut River

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

Well-known musicians Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will play three shows throughout the Connecticut River Valley to benefit the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) annual Source to Sea Cleanup. Their blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country music is known from NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. They have also appeared on

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Watch Years of Living Dangerously Episode I on Environmental Headlines

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
This palm forest may look lush. But the palm trees will be burned down in 25 years, releasing all of the carbon they've stored.

While the show premiers on Sunday, April 13 at 10 pm, the first episode is already available for a sneak peek. Episode one focuses in on three main storylines: Don Cheadle visits Texas to talk about drought, climate science, and religion; Thomas L. Friedman explores the role of drought in the civil war in Syria; and Ford visits Indonesia, traveling by seaplane, motorboat, elephant, and helicopter to see firsthand the havoc being wreaked upon tropical forests and peatlands by encroaching oil palm plantations.



Proposed Connecticut act would block local planning boards from holding subdivision hearings

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

A proposed act prohibiting municipal planning commissions from holding any public hearings on subdivision applications is raising concerns about public participation rights, environmental protection and “basic principles of fairness and due process.” Opposition to the proposed bill is mounting, according to a statement this week by Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) regarding what it

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Deal preserves federal funding for Connecticut farmland preservations

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and federal officials Wednesday announced an agreement that allows the state to access more than $8 million in federal funds for farmland preservation. The agreement also will increase flexibility in use of federal money through the state’s Farmland Preservation Program. The deal was jointly announced by Malloy, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

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House kills proposed GMO grass seed ban

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
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In an unusual move that could have ripple effects for the rest of the legislative session, the state House killed a proposal favored by the Senate’s top lawmaker Thursday.



FuelCell Energy awarded $3M from energy department

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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According to a news release, “This project will enhance the performance, increase the lifespan, and decrease the cost of stationary fuel cells being used for distributed generation and combined heat and power applications.”



ECSU’s Energy Institute to Receive National Award

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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The 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award, to be formally presented in Washington, D.C., on April 29 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, recognizes the institute’s work with Connecticut towns, state agencies, school buildings and college campuses to strategically and comprehensively manage energy use.



Warren farmhouse wins ‘Zero Energy Challenge’

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Renaissance Farm in Warren recently won an energy saving prize from Energize Connecticut, Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Company among the five winners announced last month. The fourth-annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is a statewide design and build competition for single and multi-family homes, according to a press release. The farmhouse in

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