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Connecticut Senators push for Long Island Sound preservation

May 6th, 2013 | By

Four U.S. Senators are pushing for increased funding for the preservation of the Long Island Sound.

Last year the funding for the Sound was around $4 million; the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request proposes cutting the funding to $2.9 million, according to the release. The four senators introduced legislation last year to preserve the Long Island Sound through 2016.

Hurricane Sandy released 10 billion gallons of sewage into NY and NJ waterways

May 1st, 2013 | By

Hurricane Sandy’s huge coastal floods flushed 10 billion gallons of sewage into New York and New Jersey’s waterways, according to a new report.

Virtually all of the sewage leaked into rivers, lakes, streams and oceans between Washington, D.C. and Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Climate Central and NYDailyNews.

Malloy Defends Esty, Canadian Hydro

Apr 30th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he probably would have advised his energy commissioner not to participate in a call with investors last week regarding the state’s energy strategy, but he didn’t ask.

At an unrelated press conference Monday, Malloy said he read the transcript of DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty’s call with UBS investors and saw nothing wrong with what he said. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from CT News Junkie.

Elm City Cycling Updates New Haven’s Bike Maps

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

The City of New Haven last issued a bike map nearly a decade ago, when average gas prices were less than $2.00 a gallon, and a little known State Senator named Barack Obama had just won a Senate seat to represent the State of Illinois.

But since then, New Haven has undergone a cycling and livable streets renaissance, with the City passing the first Complete Streets policy in Connecticut. Click for more on this story from Mobilizing the Region and

Connecticut officials order clean-up of former English Station power plant in New Haven

Apr 13th, 2013 | By

Two decades after New Haven’s English Station power plant stopped producing energy for United Illuminating, state officials have ordered the owners to conduct a massive cleanup of the property, which is contaminated with hazardous PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The New Haven Register.

Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

Apr 6th, 2013 | By

When a land trust in Grayslake, Illinois, made a strategic decision in 2005 to include farmland in its list of property types to preserve, it joined scores of traditional “woods and waters” trusts across the U.S. which are increasingly preserving agricultural lands and building local food systems.

The New Haven Land Trust recently hosted American urban farmer Will Allen (pictured here) at the organization’s annual meeting. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Eric Hoffner in EcoWatch.

Hundreds of These Were Left in the Farmington River Watershed

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
Farmington River (photo: cjzurcher)

There are 409 dams in the Farmington River Watershed, according to the Farmington River Watershed Association.

Make that 408 once you’ve subtracted the former Spoonville Dam in Tariffville and East Granby which was removed in July 2012. Click this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Simsbury Patch.

$700,000+ in Awards to fund LI Sound Research

Mar 21st, 2013 | By

The Sea Grant programs of Connecticut and New York, with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Study program, announced today that they will fund research grants that will help efforts to improve water quality and adapt to climate change.

The two projects, totaling $708,308, involve teams of researchers in three states, making it a truly collaborative effort.

Gina McCarthy Gets EPA Head Nomination From Obama

Mar 4th, 2013 | By

This screen shot of the AP video showing Pres. Obama’s announcement of what some are calling the United States’ new “energy leaders,” shows Ernest Moniz and former CT DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy standing with Obama as he made his announcement.

We post this as top story because we are proud of McCarthy’s nomination and because we hope, along with all environmentalists, that she stands as strong on climate change issues as she has in the past, particularly when it comes to proposals such as the Keystone pipeline. Click for more.

CT Audubon report looks at decline of insect-catching birds

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By

Concerned with the dramatic decline of 17 species of birds that nest in Connecticut and eat only insects caught while flying, Connecticut Audubon Society is calling for a multi-agency program of research and assessment along with immediate remedies such as cuts in pesticide use and the creation of man-made nesting sites.

The recommendations and action plan are contained in the Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 report, “The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores.”

Gov. Malloy: Energy Strategy Will Bring Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable Power to Connecticut

Feb 20th, 2013 | By

The governor has released Connecticut’s first-ever Comprehensive Energy Strategy, a plan that establishes a clear path toward cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy.

“The Comprehensive Energy Strategy sets Connecticut apart by bringing down energy costs for both residents and businesses,” Malloy said. Click on this environmental headline for more from the Governor’s office.

Growing University Highlights Connecticut’s Water Woes

Feb 11th, 2013 | By

Lack of water supply isn’t just an issue in hot spots like Texas, Colorado and the Mississippi; it has also become a problem in the Northeast, where rivers are drying out in the summers and infrastructure developments are competing more for resources.

One of the area’s biggest public universities, the University of Connecticut, needs more water. But plans to obtain it are generating controversy in a region where the availability of water is becoming more and more unpredictable.

How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital

Jan 31st, 2013 | By

The EPA sponsors an innovative planning program designed to help bring more green infrastructure and green building practices to our country’s state capitals, making them simultaneously more environmentally resilient and more beautiful. This week some state and local leaders and civic-minded folks took part in a forum on strong communities in Hartford. Click on this environmental headline for more from The Atlantic’s Place Matters.

Dozens Of Farmington Valley Residents Speak Against UConn’s Water Supply Plan (update)

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

Dozens of speakers at a hearing Tuesday night denounced a plan to take water from the Farmington River Watershed to supply the University of Connecticut, saying it would harm an already stressed Farmington River, an important resource.

Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from The Hartford Courant.

Following CT Audubon survey Aspetuck Land Trust announces policies at conservation area

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By

After a 12-month conservation and management study of its popular 1,009-acre Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Aspetuck Land Trust is announcing new trail use policies that it says carefully balance the protection of one of the region’s most important ecological areas with the use of the preserve for hiking, dog-walking and other passive recreation.

Bridgeport can lead to coal-free future — Commentary

Dec 7th, 2012 | By

Ever noticed that red and white smokestack looming over Bridgeport, occasionally billowing clouds of black smoke? You can see it from almost any point in the city. The Bridgeport Harbor coal plant is the last coal-burning power plant in Connecticut.

What you cannot always see are the six schools and University of Bridgeport located within only a mile of this plant.

Why is this a problem, you ask?

Connecticut Reaps Public Health Benefits from Wind Energy: Environment Connecticut

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Environment Connecticut has released a report that shows that New England’s current power generation from wind energy avoids 720 tons of smog-causing and 1,370 tons of soot pollution annually, a significant benefit for public health in Connecticut, a state heavily affected by air pollution.

The report outlines how today’s wind energy in New England is delivering results for the environment and for public health. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.

Connecticut Tells Chase: No Pipeline, No Foreclosures: Connecticut Joins with Tar Sands Blockade

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

Today, Capitalism vs. the Climate dropped a banner visible from the I-95 highway and rallied in Bridgeport protesting Chase’s policies endangering communities and the climate.

The events are part of a week of solidarity actions by more than 25 communities across the world to demonstrate an urgent need to address the climate crisis.

Bridgeport’s Harbor Station plant gets permit for 5 more years

Nov 6th, 2012 | By

Connecticut’s last coal-fired power plant will still be belching the occasional smoke cloud along the city’s harbor front.

It was an anti-climatic denouement to a months-long effort by opponents who unrealistically hoped for a rejection to force PSEG to retire what they consider a pollution-spewing relic.

‘Natural gas is good for the environment’: NE gas association VP; Environmental Headlines editor faints

Oct 20th, 2012 | By

Natural gas is good for the environment. It’s the cleanest conventional fuel, producing less than half the carbon dioxide emissions of coal, and 30 percent less than oil. In addition, natural gas produces far less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter than either coal or oil, making it the preferred environmental choice.

And we have a lot of it, which is even better!