Posts Tagged ‘ New Haven ’

Hundreds of striped bass found dead in Connecticut River tributary

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

It appears as if humans weren’t the only ones badly stressed by the recent cold snap. Hundreds of striped bass were found dead this week in the Blackhall River, a tributary of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, in what state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials believe was a natural die-off related to

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Why parts of the Sound where hypoxia is worst have low transfer efficiency rates of nitrogen pollution discharge from wastewater treatment plants

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

When you look at the map of transfer efficiencies, you notice that the efficiency generally gets higher from east to west, and from north to south.

Wastewater treatment plants closer to Western LIS and the Narrows, where hypoxia is worst, have the highest transfer efficiencies, which makes sense.

But some of the biggest plants which discharge into LIS are those serving New York City, which when combined, discharge just over 1,000,000,000 (yes, one billion) gallons of treated sewage per day. By volume of discharge and total nitrogen load, the impact of these plants dwarfs the impact of surrounding facilities.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Long Island Sound Study.

New Haven Streetlight Bill Cut $110K After UI ‘Fleecing’

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Looking over the city’s electric bill, Giovanni Zinn noticed something odd: United Illuminating was charging New Haven three times more than Connecticut Light & Power would to keep streetlights lit. Zinn (pictured) did some more digging, the city hired a lawyer, and now New Haven will save about $110,000 on streetlight power in the coming

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West Haven fined for illegal sewage discharges; Will ‘significantly reduce’ illegal discharges.

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
What can happen during heavy storms of sewer systems are not upgraded. This photo was taken one block from West Haven beach. (photo: cjzurcher)

A major settlement involving federal and state regulators and the City of West Haven will significantly reduce illegal discharges of raw sewage into the environment throughout West Haven from the City’s wastewater collection system.

Under the terms of the settlement, the city will reduce illegal raw sewage overflows from their wastewater collection system, which previously has been discharged to area waterways including New Haven Harbor and the Long Island Sound, in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

Have you signed up for the Healthy Climate Challenge? What are you waiting for? Sign up today!!

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

The pledge requires a commitment to take five steps: 1) Two days of walking, biking, or public transit a month; 2) Choosing the 100% renewable option on electricity; 3) Two meat-free days a week. Click on this Environmental Headline for more about the Healthy Climate Challenge.

New Haven Development Commission tweaks plan for former Coliseum site

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

The Development Commission on Tuesday tweaked the proposed agreement for the former Coliseum site near the Ninth Square to update it from the original plan as it goes before aldermanic committees this week for approval by the end of the year. Live Work Learn Play, a Canadian company that has put $2 million into the

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New Haven city planners to shape Hill-to-Downtown area

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

New Haven took the next step into a new era of urban planning Wednesday night. Nearly 70 community members gathered at Hill Central High School for a meeting concerning New Haven’s largest redevelopment project since the 1960s, which will encompass an area from New Haven’s Union Station to the Oak Street Connector. The so-called “Hill-to-Downtown

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“Bike Corral” Debuts in Downtown New Haven

Sep 20th, 2013 | By
Melissa Bailey

The City of New Haven has converted one car parking spot into a “corral” of 16 parking spots for bicycles, in the latest effort to rethink on-street parking downtown.

Nature calendar: East Shore Festival Sept. 15 in New Haven

Sep 14th, 2013 | By

The East Shore Festival takes place TODAY 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15, Woodward Avenue, New Haven. Check it out!

Contaminated material found at New Haven athletic field

Jul 27th, 2013 | By

Sections of Bowen Field near James Hillhouse High School will be closed down starting Friday due to elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, city officials said, The Board of Education’s environmental consultant Eagle Environmental discovered the materials while performing preliminary testing in the area. The testing is part of the pre-demolition process for the field’s renovation

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Four area land trusts, three river protection organizations, others join in river protection effort

Jul 18th, 2013 | By

These systems are Litchfield County’s East and West Aspetuck Rivers, which flow through five towns, and Pomperaug River, which flows through three towns in both Litchfield and New Haven Counties. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Voices.

Developer Has Grand $300 Million Vision For Redeveloping New Haven Coliseum Site

Jun 6th, 2013 | By

A Montreal-based developer hopes to bring people back to do more than park on the site with a $300 million-plus development of apartments, shops and restaurants, a hotel, offices and public gathering spaces. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from The Hartford Courant.

Closed exit on Route 34 in New Haven expected to cause backups

May 1st, 2013 | By

… As people get used to the change, leave earlier, choose a different route or switch to mass transit, traffic gets back to normal. “Typically, I see about two weeks of this behavior that exists and then it dissipates,” said Jim Travers, director of the city Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking. Closing Exit 3

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New Haven’s Edgewood Park to blossom with fruit trees (video)

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

Imagine going for a walk in a city park, plucking a few ripe peaches from a tree and going home to make peach cobbler for a family picnic. Welcome to the not-too-distant future in Edgewood Park. For more on this story, visit: New Haven’s Edgewood Park to blossom with fruit trees (video)- The New Haven

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Barnard School students make positive environmental impact

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Composting is just one of the initiatives that led to Barnard’s nomination for a National Green Ribbon Award, explained Marjorie Drucker, the instructional integration leader. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from The New Haven Register.

Connecticut officials order clean-up of former English Station power plant in New Haven

Apr 13th, 2013 | By

Two decades after New Haven’s English Station power plant stopped producing energy for United Illuminating, state officials have ordered the owners to conduct a massive cleanup of the property, which is contaminated with hazardous PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The New Haven Register.

Yale GSA exploring new transportation lines

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

The Graduate Student Assembly is considering offering students new transit options for the Westville, Edgewood and Dwight neighborhoods amidst concerns that Yale’s campus is inaccessible for some of its off-campus graduate students. The GSA created the Westville Ad Hoc Committee last October to assess the need for more transportation options and to examine which transit

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Downtown Crossing initiative celebrates groundbreaking, project kickoff

Mar 23rd, 2013 | By

The hands that played a part in creating the Downtown Crossing initiative picked up shovels and tossed some dirt to mark the groundbreaking of a project Mayor John DeStefano Jr. says will “reconnect” the city.

New Haven Begins Massive “Downtown Crossing” Redevelopment

Mar 21st, 2013 | By

New Haven’s Route 34 connector — long derided as the “highway to nowhere” — will soon become somewhere.

New Haven eyeing way to connect Orange Street, Route 34

Mar 11th, 2013 | By

The issue for the city, engineers and the site’s developer is the changes in grade throughout the area, according to Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy, and how to manage traffic.