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Vermont utility regulators to issue decision on closure of Vermont Yankee by March 31

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB), the state’s utility regulator, is scheduled to issue its final ruling by the end of the month on the pending operating license for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, owned by Entergy, a Louisiana-based energy conglomerate which operates facilities around the country.



DEEP Announces a Children’s Art Contest for 2014 Year of the Salamander

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Friends of Sessions Woods, as part of the Year of the Salamander awareness campaign with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), are sponsoring a salamander art contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grade (open to Connecticut residents only).



Young Farmers Build a Network to Grow Connecticut’s Farming Future

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
This committee planned the “Build Your Network, Grow Our Future.”

Getting the younger generation interested in farming is important for the future of American agriculture, and a recent event in Connecticut served as an education and network opportunity for beginning farmers.

The “Build Your Network, Grow Our Future” event held last month in East Windsor, Conn. attracted about 60 people to share resources and learn.



Fuel cell and solar projects generating more of Conn.’s electricity

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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At the beginning of this year, something changed for energy users in Connecticut. People who turned on lights or used a washing machine wouldn’t have noticed it, but some of the electricity powering those devices came from sources it had never come from before.



Connecticut River watershed projects get $445K in grants from charitable foundation

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

Seven Connecticut River watershed projects are getting over $445,000 in grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. It’s the 12th round of grants awarded from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, created as part of a 1997 settlement agreement between the parties involved in the federal process to award a new operating license

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Let It Grow: Connecticut Leads Farm Growth In New England

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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Bucking a national trend and reversing decades of decline in the 20th century, the number of farms in Connecticut surged dramatically upward in recent years, most likely driven by growing consumer demand for fresh, locally grown food.



Brownfield Redevelopment Project in New Milford to Generate Money and Jobs

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced the State Bond Commission at its next meeting is expected to approve $2.5 million in state funding to finance the town of New Milford’s demolition of the deteriorated former Century Brass mill site.

This project, which will create a total of about 50 construction-related jobs, is part of New Milford’s efforts to re-mediate and redevelop the brownfield site – known as the Century Enterprise Center — and market the property to a private developer or other entity for revenue-generating industrial or commercial uses.



Council Approves Acquisition Of 37 Acres In Sandy Hook

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
The town has authorized the purchase of the large tract at the center-right of this aerial view which abuts open space at center-left that it already owns. (photo: Newtown GIS)

While the cost of the acquisition is $255,000, the town anticipates receiving a grant from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) that will offset about 60 percent of that purchase price.



Pesticide Records Show Few Violators Get Punished

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

Over the past three years, Connecticut regulators issued fines or other penalties 20 times against people and companies found to have violated pesticide laws, despite receiving more than 430 complaints.



CTfastrak Shows Its Colors

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

Drivers in Hartford, Conn., Friday saw the usual blue-and-silver CT Transit fleet rumbling through downtown, plus one that stood out: Bus 1101. Painted a striking lime green and emblazoned with a 3-foot-high CTfastrak logo, the bus drew plenty of attention from pedestrians and drivers passing by the Hartford Hilton. For more on this story, visit:

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Milford, East Haven top Connecticut in costly flood-prone homes

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

So often has seawater inundated the small city of 53,000, Milford, Conn., has the distinction of having the most number of properties in the state — 36 — that have been repeatedly and severely flooded from coastal storms. In the last 35 years, such properties in the city have accounted for 206 federal government payouts

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Lawmakers review deer hunt bill

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

The General Assembly is again considering a bill to allow Sunday bow hunting on private lands to reduce the state’s deer population, especially in southwestern Connecticut. The Environment Committee on Friday approved a bill that would allow the hunting in areas designated as overpopulated deer zones, where there are more than 23 deer per square

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CT pension plan reaches climate change deal

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

A Missouri coal company that holds investments from Connecticut’s pension fund has agreed to produce a report on fossil fuels and their impact on climate change, State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier announced. For more on this story, visit: CT pension plan reaches climate change deal | HartfordBusiness.com.



Connecticut farms take center stage during special day at the state Capitol

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

Before Holmberg Orchards was recognized as part of brief ceremonies for Agriculture Day, state legislators and others visited dozens of displays highlighting the diversity of Connecticut crops, from dairy products to Christmas trees to eggs, apples and maple syrup, along with organizations that help support and preserve Connecticut farmland. For more on this story, visit:

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Governor Malloy, in East Haven, touts fund for flood-threatened homes

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

Standing at the foot of the town’s Beach House and facing Long Island Sound, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke to the media Thursday to promote a new initiative aimed at providing homeowners threatened by coastal flooding with access to low-interest loans to help pay for home improvements. For more on this story, visit: Governor Malloy,

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Former New Haven Land Trust Chief Arrested

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
A photo of Chris Randall when he was working with the New Haven Land Trust. (photo: Allen Appel, New Haven Independent)

Former New Haven Land Trust Executive Director Chris Randall was arrested on larceny charges Thursday after about $21,000 was found to be unaccounted for by the organization.



Manchester Directors Back Farm Preservation Grant

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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The head of the local land trust, arguing for preserving a 62-acre farm at a board of directors’ meeting Wednesday, cited a report saying development in Manchester outpaced any other community in the state from 1985 to 2006.



Plainville Seeks To Protect River Quality

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Trumbull Park is getting especially porous pavement so polluted runoff can soak into the earth to be filtered before it reaches the Quinnipiac River.



DEEP Backs Sunday Bowhunting Bill

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Bowhunting deer on private property on Sundays would be permitted under a bill supported by Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee as a deer population control measure. The bill aims to help manage Connecticut’s overabundant white-tailed deer population by allowing property owners to hunt deer on Sundays with bows. In written testimony, Klee said

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2014: Maggie Jones ’85 recognized for commitment to conservation

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Maggie Jones, who has served as executive director of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) in Mystic, Conn., since 1992, will be honored with the Goodwin-Niering Center Alumni Environmental Achievement Award for more than 20 years of leadership in community environmental education and land conservation. The award recognizes, celebrates, and honors Connecticut College graduates who

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