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Lack of transmission lines stands in the way of wind power

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

The company preparing to build the first commercial wind farm in Connecticut says its Colebrook-based project may pave the way for similar projects statewide, but a larger issue looms before wind can make a significant impact on the state’s and the New England region’s demand for energy: the need for more transmission lines…. For more

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Environment: Cloudy With A Chance Of Clearing

Oct 19th, 2014 | By

Complicating the forecast, of course, is climate change.



Robert Miller: Connect the dots from deregulation to aquatic invasives

Oct 19th, 2014 | By

Who would have thought that deregulating the state’s electric utility system in the late 1990s would have a hand in the growing thickets of Eurasian watermilfoil in Candlewood Lake? Are the dots connectable? “Absolutely,” said Larry Marsicano, the executive director of the Candlewood Lake Authority. For more on this story, visit: Robert Miller: Connect the

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Highstead leads the charge in the Hudson to Housatonic initiative

Oct 18th, 2014 | By

A new interstate collaboration of more than two dozen local and regional conservation organizations and municipal partners across southwestern Connecticut and Westchester and Putnam counties in New York will …



With Investments in Traffic Calming and Street Redesigns, Bridgeport’s Safety Campaign Shows Promise

Oct 18th, 2014 | By

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced this week that the city is launching a comprehensive safe streets initiative. Seven pedestrians have been killed by drivers in Bridgeport since 2010. Bridgeport is the second Connecticut city to announce a street safety campaign in as many months. In September, Stamford Mayor David Martin unveiled the Stamford Street Smart

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Electric Power Rights of Way: A New Frontier for Conservation by Richard Conniff

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife. Nobody loves electrical power transmission lines. They typically bulldoze across the countryside like a clearcut, 150 feet wide and scores

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Rocky Corner cohousing development wins funding, closes on Bethany land

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

Rocky Corner, Connecticut’s first cohousing development, has won funding from two community groups and closed on a former dairy farm property in Bethany. The 33-acre land purchase was completed on Sept. 23, securing the former Elsie Halter farm at the juncture of Meyers and Old Amity roads. The development will be a new sustainable, multi-generational

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Program launches to protect watersheds within region

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

Federal and state officials launched a program on Wednesday to protect and restore the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. Municipalities and nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will receive a total of $2 million in the first year of the new initiative. For more on this story, visit: Program launches to protect watersheds

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Norwalk Community College Installs Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

Two new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are installed and ready for use at Norwalk Community college’s West Campus A-Wing parking lot. For more on this story, visit: NCC Installs Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations :: Norwalk, CT | itsrelevant.com.



Investing in the Paradox: Reconciling Profit and Environmentalism

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

One of Connecticut College’s goals as an institution is “inclusive excellence,” rightly so, because a college (in theory) exists to educate regardless of paying capacity to create opportunities for those who may not have access to them. Conn maintains a substantial financial aid program, providing 52% of enrolled students with aid (a total of $35

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DeLauro, EPA head emphasize Sound’s environmental, economic importance

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Few high school students work in classrooms filled with the sound of rushing water and the smell of lobster around them. But, then again, few students do projects like those Sarah Vedder and others discussed Tuesday with one of Connecticut’s congressional representatives and the nation’s top environmental official at the Sound School. For more on

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Cyclists rally for Mill River Greenway trail expansion project

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Bicyclists braved the rain Saturday for a “Bike Ride and Rally” event to support a planned multi-use off-road trail in Stamford. For more on this story, visit: Cyclists rally for Mill River Greenway trail expansion project – News 12 Connecticut.



Plymouth’s new rec area is ready for use

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

The kayakers couldn’t get in the water fast enough. As soon as the ribbon was cut on the boat launch at the new Plymouth Reservoir Recreation Area on North Street Thursday they were off and paddling to explore the nearly 40-acre lake. For more on this story, visit: The Bristol Press: Bristol, Conn., and surrounding

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State Lawmakers Urge EPA To Reconsider Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Three Connecticut lawmakers are among the 60 members of Congress who have signed a letter, dated September 30, to Gina McCarthy, administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Elizabeth Esty (D-Fifth Congressional District), Rosa DeLauro (D-Third Congressional District), and James Hines (D-Fourth Congressional District) have joined in requesting the EPA to consider recent findings from

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$125K grant could breathe new life into Bristol brownfields site

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Across the street from ESPN is a 17-acre site that Mayor Ken Cockayne called “dead property right now,” just scrub trees and brush on a partially polluted parcel at the doorstep to Lake Compounce. But if environmental studies underway now and set for completion next year find what’s expected — a few hot spots that

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PSEG Power Connecticut to donate, install solar panels at Bridgeport libraries

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

PSEG Power Connecticut today announced that it has donated and will install approximately 1,600 solar panels at two of Bridgeport’s libraries – the main Downtown Burroughs-Saden Library, located at 925 Broad St.; and the North Branch Library, located at 3455 Madison Ave. For more on this story, visit: PSEG Power Connecticut to donate, install solar

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DEEP head tours Middletown environmental, energy projects

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

City and state officials toured a half-dozen remediation, development and energy projects Wednesday. Robert Klee, commissioner for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, joined Mayor Daniel Drew, city planner Michiel Wackers and other city and state officials on a bus tour that began at city hall and wound through seven completed and ongoing

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Greenwich Land Trust Combats Invasive Pests

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Greenwich Land Trust is also combating invasive pests by planting a special kind American Chestnut Tree. A pathogen wiped out four billion of these trees in the mid 1900s. “There’s been very long term, extensive efforts to breed resistance to the disease into the trees,” said Rutledge. “The Land Trust is going to be partnering

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Migrating swallows put poetry in motion over Old Lyme

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

With soft moon glow and the setting sun for footlights, tiny winged performers by the hundreds soared high overhead and low across the lapping waters of the Connecticut River, drawn to an aerial stage over Goose Island. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Migrating swallows put poetry in motion over Old Lyme

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7 Great Vistas for Fall Color

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Rumor has it it’s going to be a stellar year for fall foliage color. Thankfully, Nutmeggers don’t have to travel far north in New England to get a front row seat to the show. For more on this story, visit: 7 Great Vistas for Fall Color | Connecticut Forest & Park Association.