Posts Tagged ‘ Conservation ’

Bristol plans for development of new corridor

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

BRISTOL — In a rare example of preparing ahead of time, the city put a plan in place five years ago to try to make sure that the new Route 72 extension doesn’t become a commercial free-for-all following the same pattern that transformed Farmington Avenue during the past half century. A Route 72 corridor plan

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Bethany among winners in national energy competition

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

The proposed project received the support of the entire Connecticut Congressional delegation. Over the life of the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, the project will create and/or retain nearly 400 jobs, reduce an estimated 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution, and save households nearly $150 million on their energy bills. via Bethany among winners

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A sixth graders opinion: Creating a greener Westport

Jun 25th, 2010 | By

I have spent the last few months researching energy saving ideas. As part of my research, I have interviewed energy experts and done extensive online research. There are lots of simple energy saving tips that I would strongly recommend to you. They can all help you save money while making our community “greener.” via A

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Rewriting a tree tragedy

Jun 21st, 2010 | By

Headway has been made to reestablish the Dutch Elm shade tree on urban streets through the introduction of disease-resistant elm trees. Last week, 30 elm saplings were planted at three sites across Vermont by The Nature Conservancy and US Forest Service. The saplings were cloned from trees in the Northeast highly resistant to the fungal

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Thompson turning to cleaner energy

Jun 21st, 2010 | By

Thompson, Conn. — Town officials last week passed a clean energy resolution committing the town to purchasing 20 percent of its energy from clean sources. The initiative affirms Thompson’s participation in the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, a three-step program that has the potential to earn the town free solar panels and designate it as a

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DeLauro Announces $655,100 in Funding for Tidal Marsh Restoration in New Haven, East Lyme

Jun 20th, 2010 | By

Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-03) announced a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of $655,100 to the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Inc., to help with tidal marsh restoration in New Haven and East Lyme, according to a news release. The grant, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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New Milford POCD Draft Applauded

Jun 18th, 2010 | By

It appears that New Milford’s updated plan of conservation and development (POCD), which has received rave reviews from some Town Council members, may be adopted as early as the beginning of next month following months of study and recommendations by an ad-hoc committee and the Planning Commission. via New Milford POCD Draft Applauded –  Housatonic

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Mansfield is part of $4.1 million ‘Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge’

Jun 18th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, on behalf of a consortium of 14 Connecticut communities and nine project partners, announced today [June 17] that the “Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge” has won a $4.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). via Mansfield is part of $4.1 million ‘Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge’ ::

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A new meaning for the term ‘town green’

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

Bridgeport just won a state award for its BGreen2020 plan that will reduce the city’s energy consumption by 40 percent. New Haven is building charging stations for electric cars. West Hartford challenged students to help find ways to cut energy use in schools. All across the state, municipalities are seizing on ways to use clean

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DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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USDA Issues Final Rule For Conservation Stewardship Program

Jun 5th, 2010 | By

Douglas L. Zehner, state conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Connecticut, announced today that the agency has published the final regulations governing the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who exercise good land stewardship and want to improve

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Preserve Plum Island: Editorial

May 27th, 2010 | By

Conservation groups are pushing for Plum Island, home to hundreds of avian and plant species, to become a national wildlife refuge, complete with public hiking trails. We like this idea – at least the refuge concept. Let the loons, scoters, buffleheads, piping plovers and terns have the run of the place, along with wild orchids

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Regional planning organization meets Thursday morning

May 26th, 2010 | By

The South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (SWRMPO), will meet on May 27 to discuss a transportation policy, programs and projects that concern the South Western Region. The meeting agenda includes: the status and reprogramming of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding for the region, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and approval of the Metropolitan

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Conservationists eye Plum Island for future wildlife refuge

May 26th, 2010 | By

Because of the risks associated with the viruses researched at the lab, the public has been banned from the island. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound, the Fishers Island Conservancy, the Connecticut chapter of the Nature Conservancy and a new organization, the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, comprising 24 environmental groups and

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Report: A New England four-fifths covered with forests, farms and aquatic ecosystems is attainable vision

May 25th, 2010 | By

CT Environmental Headlines believes the subtitle should read: “A BOLD vision for the New England Landscape.” But an excellent one nonetheless. Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape, calls for conserving 70 percent of the New England landscape in forests (30 million acres). (The report is co-authored by Lloyd Irland of the

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Greenwich residents explore wilds of Pinetum

May 24th, 2010 | By

As 60 people huddled on a trail in Montgomery Pinetum beneath the looming presence of an historic two-story stone greenhouse, Anne Young spoke about the man who made it all possible. “He was a conservationist, a preservationist, those were terms that were not in vogue then,” she said about Col. Robert Montgomery who, along with

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New England forests: big, but in danger

May 24th, 2010 | By

Bill Toomey, director of Highstead, a regional conservation organization based in Redding and one of the partners in the Wildlands and Woodlands project, said Connecticut is now about 59 percent forest, down from 70 percent two decades ago. Only about 12 percent of the state’s forests are permanently protected, he said. via New England forests:

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Obama demands stricter fuel standards

May 22nd, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON — President Obama directed the government yesterday to set the first-ever mileage and pollution limits for big trucks and to tighten rules for future cars and sport utility vehicles, setting the nation’s sights on vehicles that run on half the fuel they now use and give off half the pollution. via Obama demands stricter

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Developers Compete In CT Zero Energy Challenge

May 22nd, 2010 | By

William Freeman was on a mission when he built an energy-efficient spec house on Heron Pond in Essex. He wanted to demonstrate that building green doesn't require sacrificing luxury or looks. The interior of the new energy efficient home built in Essex is completely lined with Agribalance soy-based open cell spray foam which turns the

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The Historic New Hartford Mill Has Many Tales to Tell (Video)

May 14th, 2010 | By

NEW HARTFORD—On a Bakerville property swimming in local history and myth, New Hartford resident Jeffrey Sykes is working hard to rebuild the Gillette grist mill, an 18th-century structure that has, to put it mildly, seen better days. The property was originally the industrial center of New Hartford, with a grist mill, saw mill and a

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