Water

Oyster Study Aims to Boost Production in Long Island Sound, Housatonic

May 22nd, 2014 | By

The densely-packed shoreline dotted with industrial and residential complexes at the junction of the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound might seem an unlikely place for oysters to flourish. But the Eastern Oyster is indeed thriving in the area, and a recent Dept. of Ag study aims to increase the harvest while protecting the oyster beds from any potential contamination from nearby sewage treatment plants.



Illegal Dumping in New Haven Harbor Leads to $1.2 Million in Fines

May 20th, 2014 | By
Long Island Sound shipping operations as seen from Lighthouse Point Park (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Oily water separators are used on tanker ships to figure out whether or not oily waste is clean enough to dump in the ocean. In this case, investigators received a tip hours before a 577-foot tanker called the Bow Lind pulled into port in New Haven.



NY DEP Completes $230 Million Project to Improve the Health of the East River and LIS

May 12th, 2014 | By

New York Department of Environmental Protection Completes $230 Million Project to Improve the Health of the East River and Long Island Sound.



Save the Sound drops Great Neck lawsuit

May 5th, 2014 | By

The parties agreed to the discontinue after confirming that the plant’s nitrogen upgrades have been completed and the GNWPCD is no longer violating the nitrogen requirements of its Clean Water Act permits.



Greenwich Harbor muck can be put to good use

May 5th, 2014 | By

We can use this silt, muck, sedimentation, whatever you want to call it, to restore great swaths of tidal marshes that would be beneficial on many levels, not the least being protection against coastal erosion.



Gov. Malloy applauds House approval of water planning legislation

May 2nd, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy applauded the Connecticut House of Representatives for approving legislation today that commits the state to creating a state water plan that will plan effectively for future demand and maintain water as an asset.



Housatonic River group overflows with projects

May 2nd, 2014 | By
HVA volunteer Jonathan Hubbard crawls out of an undersized culvert. (contributed)

HVA not only works with adults but bring the river and river science to children as well. “When we first launched our children’s river education program 10 years ago, it was a shock to learn how disconnected children really are to the outdoor world. Most had no first-hand experience catching frogs or paddling a river.”



Lisbon students traverse region to gauge water quality

May 1st, 2014 | By

A crew of Lisbon Central School eighth-graders recently sailed from Long Island Sound up the Thames River to Norwich — and that was just the beginning of their mission to test water quality in the region.



What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast?

Apr 30th, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

researchers at Yale University want to find out what happens to the chemical composition and water quality of the Connecticut River watershed and the Long Island Sound with more heavy rain.



River herring returning to state waterways

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

As New England fishery regulators meeting in Mystic this week approved the latest in a series of steps intended to shore up river herring populations, thousands of these small but important fish swam from Long Island Sound into local rivers and streams in their annual spring migration.



‘Long Island Sound should be critical conservation area’: Malloy

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
Long Island Sound as seen from Long Wharf Nature Preserve in New Haven (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Malloy joins with Connecticut’s congressional delegation, members of New York’s congressional delegation and many stakeholders who also have asked Secretary Vilsack to designate Long Island Sound a critical conservation area.



Promote Better Water Quality In Connecticut by Sharing Some Photos

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
People kayak on the Connecticut River. (photo: cjzurcher)

Send photos of you using any CT river from October to April and they’ll be shared with CT DEEP scientists. It will be useful as they find the balance between protecting river users and the negative impacts of disinfection (typically from chlorine). CT DEEP is revising their clean water standards this year so it’s important to act now.



Connecticut River Watershed Study Will Assess Impacts of Extreme Rain Events

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

A team of Yale researchers will lead a five-year, $3 million study to determine whether an increase in extreme rain events is affecting the transport of dissolved organic matter through the Connecticut River watershed, a phenomenon they say could alter the chemical composition and water quality of the watershed and Long Island Sound.



Greenwich Man Helps Eels Clear Byram River Dam

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

A Greenwich man is working to help baby eels making their annual migration from Long Island Sound to rivers across Connecticut, according to WNPR News.



Damn removal to take place this summer in New Haven — Release The Herring!

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Pond Lily dam, which was built more than two centuries ago to power a textile mill, is slated to be taken apart this summer so that river herring will be free to swim upstream to spawn.



Westchester County gets ‘B’ for protecting Long Island Sound

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

New Haven-based Long Island Sound advocacy group Save the Sound says Westchester’s sewage treatment plants are doing a good job removing nitrogen before discharging into the Sound but have to do more.



West Haven mayor, Sen. Murphy call for LI Sound funding

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy called a press conference at the shore to push for passage of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act, which would reauthorize expired funding for a host of Long Island Sound programs.



Gillibrand, Bishop Call on USDA to Designate LI Sound and Peconic Bay as Critical Conservation Areas

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Lawmakers pushed for the designation through a newly created federal watershed program under the 2014 farm bill, which passed earlier this year. Sen. Gillibrand and Rep. Bishop pointed out that steering critical funding toward Long Island would address water quality issues and enhance soil fertility, allowing Long Island farmers, who faced devastation from Superstorm Sandy, to access tools to help adapt to severe weather patterns.



Aids Pomperaug, Aspetuck Rivers:Grant Will Expand RiverSmart Effort

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

The Housatonic Valley Association, 150 Kent Rd., received a $21,535 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation on behalf of the Aspetuck Pomperaug River Partners.



Stamford’s Ferguson Library Makes Waves for Water Conservation

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

The project was created two years ago by artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman in response to the Tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. It’s part of the National Interactive Art and Community-Building Project Celebrating Water. With the help of public participants, it has been installed in museums, galleries, schools and other venues across

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