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Foggy Morning at the Boathouse, Connecticut River

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

from http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2014/04/18/foggyriver/               Fog encompassed Wesleyan’s Macomber Boathouse on April 8. The boathouse, built in 1992, is home for Wesleyan men’s and women’s crew. It’s located on the Connecticut River in the Harbor Park area of Middletown, and is 1/2 mile from campus. From the boathouse, one can view

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Portland to use $200K grant to clean up possible contaminants at Riverfront Park

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

Town and state officials are welcoming a $200,000 state grant that will used to evaluate three riverfront properties. Portland was one of 21 towns throughout the state that received brownfields assessment grants from the Department of Economic and Community Development. The grants were announced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday, during a visit to

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A military mission with an environmental purpose Tuesday in Groton

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

At the request of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Charlestown, R.I., office, the Connecticut Army National Guard will airlift 28,000 pounds of lumber to Great Gull Island, a bird sanctuary in Long Island Sound between Plum and Fishers islands. For more on this story, visit: The Day – This mission’s for the birds |

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Connecticut Land Conservation Day, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23, 2014, Hartford

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

  9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Legislative Office Building 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford Celebrating YOUR Land Conservation Accomplishments in Connecticut! Please join the Connecticut Land Conservation Council and the Trust for Public Land on April 23, 2014 at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford to showcase your conservation projects, thank legislators for their support of open

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Two of LCV’s 2014 Environmental goals are open space and wind energy moratorium

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Each year, the bipartisan nonprofit organization Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) releases a legislative briefing that describes the major environmental policy reforms that should be undertaken by representatives in Hartford. This year’s briefing highlights ten critical environmental health issues — two of these are: the need to permanently protect Connecticut’s open space and to

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Senators Seek To Curb EPA Authority On Mine Waste Disposal. ‘Fairness Act’ unfair to environment; more than fair to ‘energy production’

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemptively block or to revoke permits for mine waste disposal. The move has roiled those in Alaska who want EPA to use this authority to block a massive copper and gold mine that could put a

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Connecticut Economic Development Dept Awards $3.8M in Brownfield Grants

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded grants totaling $3,821,000 for advancing development of brownfield sites all over the state. The grants, announced by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, will enable 21 communities to assess and investigate 48 sites covering more than 310 acres. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut Economic

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Spring has sprung, time for hazardous waste collection

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to safely get rid of household hazardous wastes and shred personal papers at free events that occur during one of several Saturdays now through the fall. The collections are not held in winter because most wastes are chemicals that freeze and the event is held outdoors,

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Bridgeport gets $200K to clean up ex-Remington site for redevelopment

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

The state has awarded Bridgeport $200,000 to move forward with cleaning up the dilapidated factory at 60 Main St. in preparation for a groundbreaking. A spokesman for Westport Property Management could not be reached for comment. But David Kooris, Bridgeport’s head of economic development, said his office “restarted conversations” with the owners about six months ago, and

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DEEP recognizes Waterford and Groton’s conservation efforts

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

With the approach of Arbor Day April 25, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Monday announced 15 urban forestry grants to encourage tree planting and tree management best practices in communities across the state and awarded Tree City USA designations to 19 communities and the University of Connecticut in Storrs for their

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National Environmental Education Week

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), April 13-19, 2014, is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students For more on this story, visit: National Environmental Education Week.



MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space?

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Less than two-thirds of Connecticut towns have conserved more than the state goal of 21 percent. For more on this story, visit: MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space? – Around Town – Madison, CT Patch.



Conn. biologist joins international salmon group – Connecticut – Boston.com

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

President Barack Obama has appointed a senior biologist at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization. Stephen Gephard has worked as the supervising biologist at the DEEP since 1995. He joins two other commissioners whose appointments were announced Thursday. For more on this

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New Haven development site may hold motherlode of artifacts, city man says

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

For a decade, Robert Greenberg has had his eye on a parcel along College Street, between George and Crown, across the street from Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. It’s the site of a mixed-use, $50 million development being built by the Middletown company CenterPlan. For more on this story, visit: New Haven development site

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Connecticut College’s Steel House Wins Preservation Award

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has taken notice of the tremendous effort of the college to transform its historic Steel House from a rusty eyesore into a useful building and model of sustainability. The Trust has selected the Steel House and Connecticut College for an Award of Merit, which will be presented in the

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Yankee’s thermal discharge permit prompts disagreement between Entergy, state

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced this week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit for Vermont Yankee’s continuing thermal discharge into the Connecticut River. Entergy wants permission to increase the temperature of the

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Old Saybrook included in folk musicians’ tour to benefit Connecticut River

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

Well-known musicians Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will play three shows throughout the Connecticut River Valley to benefit the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) annual Source to Sea Cleanup. Their blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country music is known from NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. They have also appeared on

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Proposed Connecticut act would block local planning boards from holding subdivision hearings

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

A proposed act prohibiting municipal planning commissions from holding any public hearings on subdivision applications is raising concerns about public participation rights, environmental protection and “basic principles of fairness and due process.” Opposition to the proposed bill is mounting, according to a statement this week by Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) regarding what it

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Warren farmhouse wins ‘Zero Energy Challenge’

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Renaissance Farm in Warren recently won an energy saving prize from Energize Connecticut, Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Company among the five winners announced last month. The fourth-annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is a statewide design and build competition for single and multi-family homes, according to a press release. The farmhouse in

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How Does a Four-Inch Eel Hurdle a 40-Foot Dam?

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

Baby eels are making their annual migration from Long Island Sound to rivers across Connecticut, but along the way, they’re encountering one persistent obstacle: river dams. Now, one man in Greenwich is working to make the eels’ journey a little easier. Joe Cassone and his volunteers trap eels, releasing them upstream beyond the dam barrier.

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