Posts Tagged ‘ Connecticut River ’

Connecticut River Watershed Named America’s First National Blueway | Audubon Magazine

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

Roger Tory Peterson once said that the most impressive avian spectacle was along the Connecticut River, where hundreds of thousands of tree swallows congregated. Recent news would make him proud: The Connecticut River watershed has been named America’s first National Blueway. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut River Watershed Named America’s First National Blueway

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Study: Vermont Yankee thermal discharge into Connecticut River exceeds limits

Oct 11th, 2012 | By

A recent scientific study found that Vermont Yankee has a record of discharging water at temperatures above permitted levels. Even so, the nuclear plant has not violated its discharge permit under the Clean Water Act. For more on this story, visit: Study: Vermont Yankee thermal discharge into Connecticut River exceeds limits |

Five Hydroelectric Dams On Conn. River Up For Relicensing

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By

Katie Kennedy, a scientist with the Nature Conservancy, said it’s very unusual for five dams to be folded into one re-licensing review process.

Deal reached on Conn. River Blueway conservation

Oct 1st, 2012 | By

Blueway Agreement Brightens Future for the Connecticut River and the United States’ Fresh Water Resources The Nature Conservancy welcomes the announcement in Hartford today of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that supports the Connecticut River Watershed National Blueway. EAST HARTFORD,

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16th annual Connecticut River cleanup Sept. 29

Sep 20th, 2012 | By

Thousands of volunteers in four states will fan out Sept. 29 to clean up trash and debris along the Connecticut River and its tributaries in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, during the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 16th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup. For more on this story, visit: The Day – 16th annual Connecticut

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Federal government abandons quest to return salmon to Connecticut River

Aug 5th, 2012 | By

The dream seemed tantalizingly within reach: restoring majestic Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River, where dams had blocked the waterway so completely the overfished population became extinct. Now, almost 50 years and more than $25 million later, the federal government is giving up on restocking the river. For more on this story, visit: Federal government

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Massachusetts swimmers can now check quality of Connecticut River online

Aug 1st, 2012 | By

NORTHAMPTON – A new website run by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Connecticut River Watershed Council offers insight into where it is OK to swim – and where people may want to stay out of the water to avoid getting sick. The website aggregates weekly data on the amount of bacteria in the

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Low Waters Reveal River Pollution

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

Tires, bottles, scrap metal, and more. It’s all trash and it’s all showing up in the low waters of the Connecticut River. “It’s never pleasant to see trash along the river banks and I don’t think anyone enjoys seeing that,” Angie Mrozinki said. Angie is Outreach Coordinator for the Connecticut River Watershed Council. She says

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Jul 5th, 2012 | By

Just as people can check the weather report to see if they will need an umbrella or a warm jacket, now they can check a new website to see whether it’s safe to go into the water.

The Middletown council approved a $3 million bond for environmental cleanup

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

The common council has approved a plan to borrow $3 million to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for environmental cleanup at the OMO Manufacturing site on Walnut Street. The former factory building and city landfill near the Connecticut River is contaminated with lead, arsenic and PCBs. For more on this story, visit: The Middletown

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Glastonbury: Wastewater treatment plant updates

May 31st, 2012 | By

GLASTONBURY — The town’s recent $31 million modernization of its wastewater treatment plant has drastically reduced the amount of nitrogen flowing daily into the Connecticut River. For more on this story, visit: Glastonbury: Wastewater treatment plant updates –

A bright future for state waters — CTPost Editorial

May 30th, 2012 | By

Recent designation of the Connecticut River as the nation’s first National Blueway is, of course, a prestigious event, bringing U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Hartford last week to praise those folks who have been advocating for the river for a half-century. For more on this story, visit: A bright future for state waters –

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Connecticut’s Eco-recreation Economy | College of the Environment think tank

May 29th, 2012 | By

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s new “Still Revolutionary” tourism campaign will no doubt bolster the state’s service industry, but we have yet to see how bringing more recreation dollars into our state will impact the environment.

The two-year, $27 million marketing initiative will promote tourism throughout Connecticut including ecologically fragile locations along the banks of the Connecticut River that support key recreation-based industries like fishing, boating, bird-watching, and hunting. Wesleyan’s College of the Environment think tank reports.

Conn. River watershed recognized as national model (update)

May 28th, 2012 | By

“The Connecticut River Blueway will have a priority for these funding streams which even in these tough fiscal times are there,” Salazar told reporters after the ceremony.

He added that he expects the designation will also boost funding from non-government groups by raising the profile of local conservation efforts. The Associated Press reports.

Attempts to bring salmon back to the Connecticut River aren’t doing much

May 8th, 2012 | By

Every year, hatchery trucks dump hundreds of thousands of little salmon “fry” into Connecticut River system streams. It’s part of a four-decade-long attempt to bring back an iconic fish that disappeared from these waters in the early 1800s. It isn’t working. No one is exactly sure why it’s not working. And, despite the millions of

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Hopeful signs for Connecticut river herring: Threatened alewives, blueback herring may be on rebound (video, photos)

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

It’s a bit too early in alewife and blueback herring spawning season and too many questions remain for river watchers to call the remarkable herring runs they’re seeing in some parts of the state this year a comeback, or even the start of one. The New Haven Register reports.

Connecticut River Watershed Council concerned about hot water from Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant being dumped in river

Feb 18th, 2012 | By

Hot water coming out of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant creates a plume of thermal pollution in the Connecticut River as far south as Holyoke, according to an environmental group calling for tighter restrictions for the nuclear plant. Entergy, the owners of Vermont Yankee, have applied to the state of Vermont for another five-year

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In Franklin County, Radioactive Material Found In Fish | VPR News

Feb 15th, 2012 | By

The state Health Department says it’s found trace levels of radioactive material in fish taken from a northern Vermont lake. Last year, the department found similar levels in fish caught in the Connecticut River, near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. State officials say the fish are still safe to eat. The most recent discovery found

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State Says Tritium Found On Conn. River Shoreline

Aug 19th, 2011 | By

Vermont Health officials say radioactive tritium has been detected for the first time on the shoreline of the Connecticut River near the Vermont Yankee plant. Read more here: VPR News: State Says Tritium Found On Conn. River Shoreline.

Artists Canoe Underground To Explore Buried Park River In Hartford

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

Unexpectedly, the Park River, muddy, polluted and entombed, still inspires. Largely unnoticed today, except for the occasional guerrilla canoeist, the Park took on the name Hog River because of its dirty, smelly composition during the 19th century. By the time it was buried in the 1940s, it was little better than a flowing sewer. Rick Green of The Hartford Courant reports.