Barrier At Nuclear Plant Canal ‘Orange Scar’ On River

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

During its 30 years of operation, Connecticut Yankee restricted access to the discharge canal by boat, but fishermen were allowed to gather along the banks of the man made inlet. The floating boom was removed in 2007 and the canal once again became popular with fishermen, this time arriving by water. But the boat access began to worry Connecticut Yankee managers…

Going green could spare flood damage

Oct 15th, 2014 | By
A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. (photo: cjzurcher)

New Haven’s flood problems might be solved with green infrastructure, according to a project currently under review in City Hall.

Eightmile RiverFest celebrates a natural gem

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s rivers and streams don’t get the respect they deserve. Organizers of this weekend’s RiverFest on the Eightmile River say it’s time to savor and celebrate the “Wild and Scenic” river in our midst. The Eightmile River Watershed, which starts in Colchester, stretches through Salem, East Haddam and Lyme, and abuts East Lyme, was designated

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Thousands of Letters Delivered to EPA Leader on Banks of Connecticut River: Advocates Call For Stronger Protections for Local Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. John Larson, state Rep. Mary Mushinsky, New England Regional EPA head Curt Spalding and DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, Clean Water Action, Rivers Alliance, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club, CT Coalition for Environmental Justice, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and other groups stressed the need for improved water protections and to showcase the importance of clean water for everyone.

New Plan Makes Climate Change Factor in LIS Conservation

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

The Long Island Sound Study released an update this month as a remedy. “What we’re trying to do,” Mark Tedesco EPA’s director of the LIS office said, “is see how climate change can affect really everything we do — to try to integrate into our thinking and planning, whether it’s controlling nutrient runoff that could change with more intense storms,” or protecting coastal wetlands, a critical buffer between ocean and homes during storms.

Finding solutions for river pollution: Connecticut River Watershed Council promotes zero waste

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source to Sea Cleanup volunteers have removed more than 851 tons of trash over the 18 years of the river clean-up event. Now CRWC is also working on solutions to keep trash out of our rivers in the first place, particularly tires and plastic bottles.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will use their 18th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Sept. 26, 27 as a way to push for solutions to river waste. The Cleanup supports policies and legislation that help keep waste from ending up in local rivers and streams. The Council also supports a new vision of zero waste for the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

New York A.G. leads water protection coalition

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

The Coalition Backs Joint EPA-Army Corps “Waters Of The United States” Proposal To Clarify Clean Water Act Protections For Nation’s Waters

Input sought on Long Island Sound management plan

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

A new management and conservation plan for Long Island Sound identifies six problem areas that should be addressed by governmental agencies and environmental and university groups.

Op-Ed: CT delegation should reject attack on Clean Water Act rule

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
What can happen during heavy storms of sewer systems are not upgraded. This photo was taken one block from West Haven beach. (photo: cjzurcher)

Clean water is a wholesome family value if there ever was one. Right? Sadly, today, protecting clean water is just another battleground for ideological politics. Read more from the CT Mirror here.

Global Warming Key Issue In Update Plan for Protecting Long Island Sound

Sep 9th, 2014 | By

A new 20-year plan to protect Long Island Sound while addressing problems created by global warming and rising sea levels calls for protecting or relocating key coastal facilities like oil tanks and power stations, among other measures. The draft proposal was released Monday by the Long Island Sound Study, a coalition of local, state and

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Esty Seeks Support For Farmington River ‘Wild And Scenic’ Bill

Aug 19th, 2014 | By

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, appealed to officials and environmental groups Monday for help in building support for a bill that would give federal wild and scenic designation to part of the Farmington River. Esty said a federal wild and scenic designation opens up resources, including funding, for conservation projects. For more on this

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Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Continues to Decline

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. That’s good news for marine life because too much nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.

Everyone can help watershed council keep Connecticut River clean

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Everyone can help watershed council keep Connecticut River clean

Cleanup At Higganum Cove In Haddam To Begin This Summer

Jun 21st, 2014 | By

The 12-acre Higganum Cove property, beside a scenic waterfall, has been included on a list of Connecticut Superfund sites awaiting cleanup since 1989 because of the presence of PCBs, lead, and arsenic “at levels of concern to human health and the environment.”

224,000 Pounds of Toxics Dumped into Connecticut’s Waterways in 2012

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

Industrial facilities discharged 224,029 pounds of toxic waste into Connecticut waterways in 2012, according to a June 19 report from the Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center.

Stamford’s Mill River Collaborative Gets $3.75 Million To Restore Habitat

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

The Mill River Collaborative in Stamford has received a helping hand from the federal government

Plan Would Cut New Haven Sewage Overflow By 75%

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Officials from the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) detailed that plan in a public meeting Thursday night at Truman School. The plan aims to reduce the amount of storm and waste water by 75 percent by filling sewer pipes to capacity.

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.

EPA to unveil ‘Rest of River’ plan June 18

May 27th, 2014 | By
From Wikipedia: The Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridge (also known as the Sikorsky Memorial Bridge, and the Housatonic River Bridge) carries the limited-access Connecticut Route 15 over the Housatonic River, between Stratford and Milford, Connecticut. The bridge was first referred to as the Sikorsky Bridge because Sikorsky Aircraft is headquartered just north of the bridge. The 2006 replacement span was dedicated as the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridge. The bridge's completion marked the completion of the Merritt Parkway and the starting point for construction of the adjoining Wilbur Cross Parkway, September 2, 1940. (photo: cjzurcher)

The overall plan addresses the river’s sediment and floodplain contamination extending into Connecticut, said agency regional spokesman Jim Murphy.

AP Environmental Field Trip to Long Island Sound

May 22nd, 2014 | By

AP Environmental Science students participated in a field experience at Milford Point on Long Island Sound as part of Project Periphyton.