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Flood warning for Conn. River issued

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
Connecticut River in Cromwell (photo: Ross Powell)

Melting snow from northern New England is causing the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Connecticut River in Hartford and Middlesex Counties.

Bald eagles returned to Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail to nest

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
One of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in Windsor Locks (Paul J. Fusco/CT DEEP)

A pair of bald eagles returned to Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail to nest for the fourth year in a row. To protect them, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has closed a portion of the trail until July 1.

House kills proposed GMO grass seed ban

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

In an unusual move that could have ripple effects for the rest of the legislative session, the state House killed a proposal favored by the Senate’s top lawmaker Thursday.

Steel Point Redevelopment Nears Launch in Bridgeport

Apr 8th, 2014 | By
A 1936 photo of the site where the Steelpointe Harbor redevelopment is planned. Building is expected to begin this summer on the area's first anchor, a 150,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops. (photo: Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library)

Bridgeport officials now say the fortunes of Steel Point will turn this summer when building begins on the area’s first anchor, a 150,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops, which sells boats and outdoor supplies.

8:30 p.m. Today, Saturday March 29, 2014 is Earth Hour

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour – to celebrate their commitment to the planet. This year, you can do more.

Residents Receive Letter About Tweed Airport Noise

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
Tweed Airport as seen from Google Maps

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said that noise over 65 decibels creates some health problems. “We want to go through every house, make a determination how we can do remediation in those areas that we know the noise is louder than that,” she said.

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

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

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).

Brownfield Redevelopment Project in New Milford to Generate Money and Jobs

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

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.

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.

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.

CTLCV briefing papers good guide to current legislative issues

Mar 15th, 2014 | By

Since 2004, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has produced briefing materials on a broad array of environmental issues for state legislators, policy makers, media and the general public. This year they have highlighted 10 issues of critical importance to Connecticut’s economy, public health and safety.

New Havener gives life to otherwise wasted space

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

Brad Armstrong found great joy working on organic farms in Vermont and Idaho. But when he moved back to his native New Haven a few years ago, hydroponics (or gardening without soil) became his passion. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Jeryl Brunner in The Huffington Post.

Please support legislation to protect 575 acres of state-owned farmland in Lebanon known as Savin Farm

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

This Friday, March 7, the Legislature’s Environment Committee will be holding a public hearing on House Bill 5419 – a bill that would permanently protect 575 acres of prime state-owned farmland in Lebanon known as the Savin Farm.

Support needed for re-purposing of Hartford’s trash incinerator before Friday!

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
Mid-Connecticut Project trash-to-energy plant aerial-small

Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice asks for testimony in support of re-purposing CRRA’s trash incinerator in Hartford. It has a good chance of passing and it would make a significant improvement in Hartford’s air quality as well as help move the state toward zero waste. Please read the email below and testify in support. They are partnering with Toxics Action and CT PIRG. Please click on this Environmental Headline and contact Joe Wasserman (information at the bottom of the story) if you have any questions.

Aerial deer survey results

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

As a part of the ongoing CDC-funded Integrated Tick Management study in Redding, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station conducted helicopter aerial deer surveys of four square miles in February 2013 and six square miles in January 2014. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the Redding Pilot online.

Audubon Educator in Connecticut Receives National Award

Feb 21st, 2014 | By
Ted Gilman with National Audubon Staff from Audubon centers in Greenwich, Sharon, Southbury. (contributed)

The National Audubon Society has announced that Ted Gilman, senior naturalist and education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, is the 2013 recipient of the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year award. The surprise announcement took place at a banquet at the Grange Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio, where Gilman was celebrated by his colleagues from around the country.

House declares war on wildlife

Feb 20th, 2014 | By
Piping Plovers and other nesting shorebirds, as well as endangered sea turtles, are all making a comeback under a National Park Service rule that limits beach driving during nesting—a rule the House bill would overturn. (photo by Melissa Groo / Photo Awards)

Two weeks ago the U.S. House embarked on what Audubon considers a War on Wildlife. Under consideration were three severe anti-wildlife bills, covering a wide range of issues that would impact species protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), undermine National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) safeguards, and cripple key restoration programs. The three bills each

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EPA tells Outdoor Wood Furnace manufacturers to cease and desist | EHHI

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

Meanwhile, Environment and Human Health, Inc, American Lung, Northeast, and the Sierra Club, Connecticut, have sent a legal petition to the CT DEEP requesting that they promulgate health-protective wood smoke air standards. Click for more from Nancy Alderman at EHHI.

Review: ‘The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light’

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

Headlines contributor Aaron Goode reviews ‘The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,’ which, he says, treads much the same ground as Ian Cheney’s 2011 documentary film “The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet That Never Sleeps,” whose success on the film-festival circuit and as a POV selection on PBS has helped bring attention to one of the few forms of pollution that remain largely unregulated: excessive artificial light. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Aaron Goode.

Connecticut League of Conservation Voters working toward a healthy world

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

A great feature story on LCV from Kathryn Boughton at the Litchfield County Times begins: “When it comes to the preservation of the environment in a highly industrialized 21st century, there is always more work to be done. Margaret Miner of Litchfield, a member of the board of directors for the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and executive director of the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, sees 2014 as no exception.”