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I will be away for about a week

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

I will be away for about a week enjoying some of this region’s beautiful shoreline. I will do some occasional blogging, but don’t be surprised if it’s a bit sporadic. Thank you for your understanding.

CT Audubon citizen science initiative to monitor CT osprey health

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
An osprey lands in its nest in Branford. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

If you live near an active Osprey nest and can volunteer about an hour a month to be part of our network of stewards, email CT Audubon at osprey@ctaudubon.org. The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population. Click on this Environmental Headline for more information.

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Jul 10th, 2014 | By
A red tail hawk surveys the Connecticut coastline. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

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Ten CT interns participating in TNC’s LEAF program

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
L.E.A.F. logo

The Nature Conservancy has announced that students from its Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future Program are heading out for a great summer adventure to nature preserves in 27 states, including Connecticut. The students, many of whom have never spent time out of their city, let alone one-on-one with worms and toads, will participate in a paid internship program from July 7 through Aug. 1.

Emerald ash borer causing damage to town trees

Jul 4th, 2014 | By
Emerald Ash Borer (photo: doacs.state.fl.us)

A warning from entomologist Claire Rutledge to everyone who owns ash trees: “It’s time to take a look at the trees,” Rutledge said. “If you have ash trees and you want to save them you have to commit to treating it for the rest of its life.”

CEQ updates annual environmental report

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Two summertime updates, both positive: Connecticut is on track for reducing nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound, and Connecticut businesses continue to use electricity more efficiently.

How Bike- and Walk-Friendly Is Your Town? Bike Walk CT releases first ever town-by-town scorecard

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

As part of a new “complete streets” initiative, Bike Walk Connecticut released a first-of-its-kind ranking of the state’s cities and towns on how bike- and walk-friendly they are. Simsbury (1), New Haven (2), New Britain (3), Glastonbury (4), and Middletown (5) claim top honors as the five most bike- and walk-friendly communities. Click on this Environmental Headline for the full report.

NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

CFE: PURA trees decision passes the buck

Jun 29th, 2014 | By

While the decision moderates CL&P’s and UI’s plans it fails to go far enough to protect healthy trees that don’t threaten utility infrastructure and leaves this responsibility largely to citizens and towns.

Mystic Aquarium Scientists Tracking Unusual Whale Activity in Fall River and Nantucket

Jun 27th, 2014 | By
Beluga whale (photo: EarthJustice.org)

Researchers from Mystic Aquarium, the only aquarium in the Northeastern U.S. with Beluga whales on-site for study and exhibition, are in Fall River, Mass., at the Taunton River today to determine what has brought a young Beluga so far from its usual habitat.

Tire Recycler Eyes Fair Haven Waterfront

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Tires—loads and loads and loads of tires—may arrive on the shores of Fair Haven if a growing recycling company gets its wish.

Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
An osprey flying over a marsh in Branford, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching a new citizen science program called “Osprey Nation.”

It’s time for Trader Joe’s to do their part

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

from ConnPIRG: Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, so we’re calling for a nationwide ban on the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms — but political change doesn’t always happen quickly. That’s why we’re urging industry leaders like Trader Joe’s to take action right away. Click for more from ConnPIRG.

Can you volunteer an hour a month to help osprey population?

Jun 18th, 2014 | By
An osprey lands in its nest in Branford. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population.

Bridgeport Plans to Reopen Pleasure Beach

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Pleasure Beach occupies 71 acres on a peninsula shared by Bridgeport and the neighboring town of Stratford. The only way to reach the beach is by boat or hiking along a two-mile sandspit that connects Pleasure Beach to Stratford.

Malloy Vetoes Tree Trimming, Limits on Elderly Tax Credits

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
An area along I-91 that has seen the effects of tree-cutting and chipping. (photo: cjzurcher)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed two bills Monday, including legislation making property owners liable for removing trees that fall into their neighbor’s property. Malloy said the bill could see healthy trees felled unnecessarily.

New book sheds light on technologies that may determine planet’s future habitability

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

Anxieties about climate change and peak oil (the latter abated somewhat by the ‘shale revolution’) have precipitated a revolutionary advance in renewable energy technology in recent years. Or have they? As environmental journalist Jeremy Shere documents in “Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy” (St. Martin’s Press, 2013, $25.99), when it comes to renewables there is literally nothing new under the sun. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Aaron Goode.

Governor’s Greenways Council Presents 15th Annual Greenways Awards 

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
The Northampton-New Haven Rail Trail (cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The Governor’s Greenways Council has commended nine individuals and a non-profit organization that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways – linear open space in Connecticut – and designated five new greenways at a ceremony this morning along the Connecticut River Blueway at Goodwin College’s South Meadow Pavilion, East Hartford.

New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority addressing combined sewer overflows

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

There is an important meeting coming up Thursday, June 5 in New Haven regarding the West River Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Abattement Study.

The meeting is open to the general public and will address the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority (GNHWPCA) hiring the engineering firm CH2M HILL to study the sewer system along the West River.

The goal of the study is to evaluate alternatives and develop recommendations to reduce the frequency, volume and duration of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the West River.

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Jun 2nd, 2014 | By
Lake Saltonstall (photo: cjzurcher)

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