Posts Tagged ‘ stormwater ’

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.

10 Beaches Remian Closed: Westchester’s Sound Swim Alert for Wednesday and Thursday

Jul 13th, 2013 | By

The 10 beaches listed below remained closed Thursday and Friday. The Westchester County Health Department banned swimming at the 10 beaches listed because of pollution carried by stormwater runoff. For more on this story, visit: Beaches Closed: Westchester’s Sound Swim Alert for Wednesday and Thursday, July 10 and 11 | Green Cities Blue Waters.

Nearly 300 beach days lost last year to water quality

Jun 29th, 2013 | By

“When it comes to clean water, being ‘middle-of-the-pack’ is not good enough,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the Sound. “One out of every ten American citizens lives within an hour’s drive of Long Island Sound, and they deserve clean, safe beaches—even one closing because of bacteria and pollution is too many.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Save the Sound.

Nassau Health Department closes 19 NY beaches

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

Swimming is off-limits at 19 Nassau County beaches, most likely due to increased bacteria in the water caused by stormwater runoff. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Trumbull’s Cub Pack 468 Raises Awareness about Stormwater Pollution

May 9th, 2013 | By

The Webelos of Cub Pack 468 were looking for a project to complete their World Conservation Badge. The Trumbull Conservation Commission was looking for a community group to help raise awareness about the negative impact of stormwater pollution on local waterways. Both parties got what they were looking for. With the support of the both

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UConn students propose solution to fix quality of stormwater runoff

Mar 14th, 2013 | By

The area has higher than normal levels of erosion and inefficient water treatment, according to a story on the UConn engineering website.

Shoreline Officials Monitoring Sewage Concerns

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Hurricane Sandy’s high winds and storm surge knocked out power to several sewage treatment plants or pump stations around the state, and in some cases raw or partially treated sewage is flowing into state waterways. Raw sewage was being discharged at pump stations in Branford, Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Haven, Fairfield and East Lyme. For more

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Connecticut plants discharging raw sewage

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. — Millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage spilled into Long Island Sound and other Connecticut waterways during flooding and power outages caused by superstorm Sandy, officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Public Health urged people to stay away from floodwaters because they may be contaminated by sewer system discharges

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Stormwater provides service learning project, Park River protection

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

MDC to support Watkinson School’s annual service learning project to prevent dumping of waste in local storm drains West Hartford residents and their sixth grade science classmates from Watkinson School in Hartford stenciled storm drains and distributed educational fliers in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Kenwood Circle, a service project aimed at protecting the Park River.

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Several Conn. swimming areas closed

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

State officials say poor water quality has forced the closure of several state park swimming areas. For more on this story, visit: Several Conn. swimming areas closed | Connecticut.

Senate passes sewage ‘right to know’ act: CCE

Apr 15th, 2012 | By

Citizens Campaign for the Environment is applauding the CT Senate for passing the Sewage Right to Know Act yesterday, which would require the state to notify the public whenever sewage overflows contaminate local waterways. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

CFE and Save the Sound to focus on Long Island Sound, other issues, this legislative session

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

CFE and Save the Sound are proposing that the legislature engage in initiatives that would educate home buyers, renters and property owners about energy efficiency; encourage more investment in building energy efficiency; increase bi-state coordination between Connecticut and New York state legislators on Long Island Sound policies; create jobs and protect clean water through collaborations with Connecticut Marine Trades Association and the Clean Water Investment Coalition; support Clean Water Fund FY 2012 authorizations; ensure investments are made in new transit services and promote federal funding for rail and bus transit; promote the role of natural landscapes in mitigating the effects of floods and major storms; and defend against bills that seek to weaken or roll back environmental protections. Click on this environmental headline for the complete news from CFE.

Storms Worsened Sound’s Sewage Problems

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By

47 sewage treatment plants reported spills to the DEEP during two 2011 storms and their aftermath. But sewage spills into the Sound are not as rare as a once-in-a-generation storm such as Irene.

Closed Swimming Areas,105 | AP via

Aug 17th, 2011 | By

The Associated Press has reported that all of Connecticut’s state beaches had to be closed because of high bacteria from runoff.

DEEP Update – All Shorline Beach Test Results Satisfactory – All CT Long Island Sound beaches remain open for the upcoming week and weekend

Aug 9th, 2011 | By

DEEP Update – All Shorline Beach Test Results Satisfactory – All CT Long Island Sound beaches remain open for the upcoming week and weekend As an update to the press release this morning anouncing several inland water beaches closing due to water quality test results, test results for all Long Island Sound (LIS) beaches are

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Deadline for public comment on Stormwater General Permit is July 1

Jun 28th, 2011 | By

A dispatch from the Rivers Alliance: The Department of Environmental Protection held a public hearing this past Thursday (June 23rd) on the renewal with modifications of the Stormwater General Permit involving construction activities. Roger Reynolds of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) and Bill Ethier of the Home Builders Association of CT are interveners.

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Resident: Greenwich needs stormwater commission

Jun 21st, 2011 | By

A Greenwich resident who thinks the town should do more to ensure the quality of the water that flows from the town’s wetlands into Long Island Sound asked the Board of Selectmen to establish a town commission to deal with stormwater issues.

FORUM:Storm water plan is good for environment, your wallet

May 2nd, 2011 | By

With the proposed Storm Water Authority, we will receive a bill. But, we will then look for ways to reduce our bills by installing rain barrels, a permeable driveway or rain garden, to name a few possibilities.

Hot Topic: Storm Water

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

New Haven has long ignored the environmental impact of urban runoff. Now the costs of this ignorance have become exceedingly clear. Please contact your alderperson and explain why they need to stop ignoring the 80 percent of Long Island Sound pollution that comes from runoff and approve the proposed municipal stormwater authority. Brian Tang is

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NH Stormwater Showdown Becomes A Numbers Duel

Jan 21st, 2011 | By

New Haven’s Chief Administrative Officer Rob Smuts boasted that a new Stormwater Authority would save residential taxpayers $600,000 a year, the New Haven Independent reports.