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Old Saybrook referendum favors purchase of The Preserve

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
This view of the Preserve area is looking south east from Essex (Route 153 in the foreground), toward Saybrook Point and Long Island Sound in the distance. The mouth of the Connecticut River is at the top left, Connecticut Valley Railroad line visible center left, and the Pequot Swamp in The Preserve is at center right. (Photo: © R Lorenz)

Old Saybrook residents voted overwhelmingly to provide $3 million in town funds towards purchase of the property, which was once slated to be turned into golf courses and a housing development. Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Trust for Public Land are challenged to permanently protect this coastal forest that shelters wildlife and migratory birds, filters drinking water, and contains miles of hiking trails. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CFE and others as the story develops.



Old Saybrook residents to vote on The Preserve Tuesday, July 8

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
This view of the Preserve area is looking south east from Essex (Route 153 in the foreground), toward Saybrook Point and Long Island Sound in the distance. The mouth of the Connecticut River is at the top left, Connecticut Valley Railroad line visible center left, and the Pequot Swamp in The Preserve is at center right. (photo: © R. Lorenz)

Today, Old Saybrook residents have the opportunity to expand that impressive legacy when they vote on a plan to spend $3 million toward the purchase price of The Preserve, nearly 1,000 pristine acres on the shore of Long Island Sound and the mouth of the Connecticut River.



Governor Malloy Signs Fracking Waste Moratorium into Law

Jun 14th, 2014 | By
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Citizens Campaign for the Environment is applauding Gov. Dannell P. Malloy for signing Public Act 14-200 into law, which enacts a three year moratorium on toxic fracking waste in Connecticut. The legislation was passed with strong bi-partisan support in the House and Senate, and saw an outpouring of grassroots support across the state. In total, activists generated over 7,850 signatures and more than 3,250 hand written letters from the public to elected officials in favor of a ban on fracking waste in 2014.



Carbon emissions down in Connecticut; More work to be done

Jun 8th, 2014 | By
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said that Connecticut is making significant progress in reducing statewide emissions of harmful greenhouse gases to meet requirements set in state law, citing a report issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection that details the state’s progress toward meeting the statutory mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% below 2001 levels by 2050.

The report demonstrates that Connecticut is clearly on a trajectory to meet the 2020 mandate much sooner than that date and is putting programs in place to meet the 2050 mandate.



Residents Oppose Spectra Energy’s Fracked Gas Project

May 30th, 2014 | By
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Residents of Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island gathered outside the Democratic Governors Association Thursday, using a puppet performance to protest the governors’ support for the natural gas industry.

They called on the governors to withdraw their support for Spectra Energy’s gas pipeline expansion proposal. Called the “Algonquin Incremental Market” project, Spectra’s project would carry high volumes of methane gas through neighborhoods in Connecticut and other states and, most dangerously, in the vicinity of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York.



CEQ finds ‘positive trends’ in the environment and ‘lingering problems’

May 29th, 2014 | By
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The Council on Environmental Quality has reviewed the state’s environmental data for 2013 and found clear positive trends and lingering problems. This year’s report also highlights the many ways in which global climate change is working against the state’s efforts to improve air and water quality.

The report notes that an extraordinary number (237) of notices were issued for violations of regulations pertaining to radioactive materials and x-ray devices.



Turtles and Roads Are a Deadly Combo: Assisting them in proper manner helps ensure survival of species

May 24th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads. The months of May and June are the nesting season for many turtles and during this season egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search of terrestrial nesting sites.



1,554 ICC volunteers cleaned 8,756 lbs of trash from 44 Connecticut beaches in fall of 2013

May 21st, 2014 | By
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Save the Sound has released its 2013 coastal cleanup data, in conjunction with Ocean Conservancy’s release of worldwide data from the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup in the fall of 2013.

In 2013, 1,554 citizens participated in cleanups at 44 Connecticut beaches. They filled 453 bags with 8,756 pounds of trash, covering 68.95 miles of the state’s shores. Cleanups spanned the Connecticut coastline from Greenwich to Mystic, with groups including Friends of Parks, schools and religious organizations, rotary clubs, environmental and civic groups, scout troops, and more all participating.



West Antarctic ice melt is now ‘unstoppable’: NASA

May 13th, 2014 | By
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Glaciers in western Antarctica are melting at an “unstoppable” rate that could cause worldwide sea levels to rise far quicker than previously thought, two groups of scientists said Monday.

Teams of researchers from NASA and the University of California said the ice sheets will continue to retreat for decades or even centuries to come, regardless of any human effort to reduce carbon emissions a primary cause of climate change ’ though warming temperatures could accelerate the process.



Green Party seeks alliance against proposed expansion of Algonquin gas pipeline

May 4th, 2014 | By
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The Green Party of Rhode Island is seeking to create a five-state alliance of Green parties (MA-RI-CT-NY-NJ) to STOP the proposed Algonquin Pipeline expansion.

This $971 million project has moved into high gear, with a final application now on file at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There’s been little public comment so far and the opposition, while growing, has been fragmented. Only the Green parties are positioned to quickly ramp up a coordinated, multi-state resistance.

See other posts under the energy section for more about this pipeline proposal.



Malloy announces plan to preserve coastal forest along Long Island Sound

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
This view of the Preserve area is looking south east from Essex (Route 153 in the foreground), toward Saybrook Point and Long Island Sound in the distance. The mouth of the Connecticut River is at the top left, Connecticut Valley Railroad line visible center left, and the Pequot Swamp in The Preserve is at center right. (photo: © R. Lorenz)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced a plan for the state to play a major role in purchasing and protecting as open space a sometimes-contentious 1,000-acres along Long Island Sound ironically dubbed “The Preserve” by the wanna-be developers of a housing development and 18-hole golf course on the property that is in Essex, Westbrook and, mostly, Old Saybrook.



Legislative Panel Approves Wind Turbine Regulations on 4th Try

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
Windmills on the horizon in Providence, Rhode Island. (photo: cjzurcher)

A long-running dispute over how to regulate power-generating wind turbines in Connecticut ended Tuesday when a legislative committee finally approved new rules that will end a nearly three-year stalemate on the issue.

Wind energy businesses were fearful of more delays, warning failure to approve the regulations this time around could kill chances for moving ahead with wind turbines in this state.



Happy Earth Day 2014

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
A red tail hawk enjoys the view of Connecticut shoreline in the Short Beach area of Branford, April 19, 2014. (photo: Christopher Zurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Our planet is at a turning point. The massive global migration underway now from countryside to cities will demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years.

If the right investments are made now, this unique opportunity will be the catalyst for dramatic changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.



New Report: Biomass More Polluting Than Coal

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
PHOTO: Biomass pellets are used worldwide for energy generation, and they're growing in popularity in Europe. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal,” which has been delivered to the EPA by the Partnership for Policy Integrity, says that biomass power plants across the country are permitted to emit more pollution than comparable coal plants or commercial waste incinerators, even as they are subsidized by state and federal renewable energy dollars. There are currently two biomass proposals in Connecticut — one in Plainfield and one in Watertown.

It contains detailed emissions and fuel specifications for a number of facilities, including plants in Connecticut, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.



Young Farmers Build a Network to Grow Connecticut’s Farming Future

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
This committee planned the “Build Your Network, Grow Our Future.”

Getting the younger generation interested in farming is important for the future of American agriculture, and a recent event in Connecticut served as an education and network opportunity for beginning farmers.

The “Build Your Network, Grow Our Future” event held last month in East Windsor, Conn. attracted about 60 people to share resources and learn.



Legislators and Activists Launch Campaign to Ban Toxic Fracking Waste in Connecticut

Feb 18th, 2014 | By
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State legislators, environmental and consumer advocates, and community leaders gathered to announce the launch of a statewide campaign to ban the importation, processing and/or treatment of fracking waste in Connecticut. The legislative sponsors of a Fracking Waste Ban Bill will join with experts and community leaders to discuss the legislation and grassroots efforts to support it.

At the press conference, the legislators and activists highlighted an “I Heart CT” sign and hundreds of “Valentines” with messages of support for the legislation from state residents written to their representatives.



New Haven line upgrade will double electrical supply and prevent power failures

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today held a news conference at Union Station in New Haven to announce that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line beginning on Monday, February 3. The project will prevent the type of catastrophic power failure that occurred this past fall in Mount Vernon, New York, seriously disrupting service on the New Haven Line.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced the DOT will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line beginning on Monday, Feb. 3.



Davos report highlights worsening global air quality

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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Air quality around the world is plummeting, according to the latest version of an annual report, issued at the Davos Summit over the weekend.

Produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the Environmental Performance Index ranks performance in key environmental areas on a per-country basis.

It breaks down these issues into two broad policy areas: detection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. It then ranks each nation based on their overall performance.



GMO Report and CT NOFA’s Successes, by Bill Duesing

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut is the first state in the nation to have a law requiring labeling of GMOs. The first state! That “Still Revolutionary” slogan is apt. This success made a number of top ten lists in the food world.

CT NOFA was an important partner in making that happen.

CT Environmental Headlines supports CT NOFA’s efforts. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story and more from former CT NOFA Executive Director Bill Duesing.



Why parts of the Sound where hypoxia is worst have low transfer efficiency rates of nitrogen pollution discharge from wastewater treatment plants

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By
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When you look at the map of transfer efficiencies, you notice that the efficiency generally gets higher from east to west, and from north to south.

Wastewater treatment plants closer to Western LIS and the Narrows, where hypoxia is worst, have the highest transfer efficiencies, which makes sense.

But some of the biggest plants which discharge into LIS are those serving New York City, which when combined, discharge just over 1,000,000,000 (yes, one billion) gallons of treated sewage per day. By volume of discharge and total nitrogen load, the impact of these plants dwarfs the impact of surrounding facilities.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Long Island Sound Study.