CFE seeks your support for Long Island Sound legislation

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
Rerouting shipping lanes into Boston to reduce collisions with Right Whales is a classic example of effective Marine Spatial Planning. (Map: NOAA)

You may also submit testimony and comments in support of the Blue Plan Advisory Committee via email to ENV.testimony@cga.ct.gov no later than 8 a.m. on Friday. You can use model testimony as a guide. (click for more information.) Sign-up for speaking at the hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in the LOB atrium. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.

Exploring the Naugatuck River made easier

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

Boaters, fisherman, hikers and bikers will soon have more information on available recreational and greenway opportunities along the Naugatuck River because of a $6,000 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation to expand the Naugatuck River Web site.

‘Smart water policy is smart economic and environmental policy’: Gov. Malloy

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

“… Water is Connecticut’s greatest natural resource. While other parts of the nation and world, struggle with drought, we enjoy a very different position. … The abundance of potable water did not happen by accident – it happened because together over the decades, we have worked to preserve this resource. The challenge we face today is to manage our water wisely for all users and uses while maintaining our competitive advantage.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Gov. Malloy on the state’s water policy.

Students using bugs to test water quality in Salmon Kill

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
The Salmon Kill is a picturesque stream in northwest Connecticut and holds native brook trout from its source to the Housatonic River. The headwater streams of Salmon Creek contain brook trout. Downstream, however, conditions change, as the stream meanders through open agricultural lands and the stream gets wider-- streambanks are eroded and stream temperatures increase. The stream is wide and shallow with little suitable trout habitat. Historically, the cold water of Salmon Kill Creek would have helped to cool the iconic Housatonic River, providing a respite to trout that hover near cold tributaries in the depth of summer.

About 30 students will develop baseline water quality assessments for the two small watersheds, learn how to assess watersheds and water quality by comparing the data from the two watersheds, develop long-term data for use in student research projects, and develop a sense of stewardship for their local streams.

Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal and Murphy announce $3.9M for Long Island Sound

Jan 16th, 2014 | By

U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy have announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill, which is set to pass Congress, includes $3.9 million in federal funding for the Long Island Sound program. The federal investment is $1 million more than the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request of $2.9 million and approximately $200,000 more than last year’s funding levels.

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

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.

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut names Lynn Werner 2013 Environmental Champion

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

The award was in recognition of Werner’s inspiring leadership in protecting the Housatonic River watershed, the regional Highlands, the wetlands and water courses in her hometown of Kent and throughout Connecticut. Werner brings to the vocation of environmental stewardship good science, good sense, good humor, dedication, diplomacy, and super energy. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Rivers Alliance.

Effort underway to link groups connected to Long Island Sound

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

While Long Island Sound stretching 113 miles from New York to the Rhode Island border, there is no umbrella organization to connect the various parts together into a single entity to promote its identity and appreciation. Some hope this isn’t the case for much longer.

New book synthesizes 35 years of Long Island Sound research

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

The Long Island Sound Study has announced the publication of “Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea,” describing it as “the most comprehensive review and synthesis of scientific research of the Long Island Sound in 35 years.”

‘Reef balls’ seen as new buffer on Conn. shoreline

Dec 15th, 2013 | By

Scientists with Sacred Heart University, where Jennifer Mattei works as a professor and ecologist, are teaming with staff from the Connecticut Audubon Society to try to create the state’s first ‘‘living shoreline,’’ where species of fish and birds that once lived in the area return due to a combination of human engineering and biological conditions suitable for inhabiting.

Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge Honored; 66 Acres Added to Refuge This Year in Lyme

Dec 9th, 2013 | By

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Realty has awarded its 2013 National Land Protection Award to the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, a partnership of more than 50 local, regional and national organizations from across the river’s four-state watershed.

A map of the critical habitats in Simsbury along the Farmington River watershed

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

Every once in awhile I stumble across something interesting that attracts my attention. This lovely map is one of those things.

New Haven stormwater update from Lynne Bonnett

Nov 18th, 2013 | By

The West River watershed receives more than half of the raw sewage in the city and is the last on the list to be addressed. The raw sewage in the rivers is not as bad as initially reported. After almost a year of collecting data from new flow meters on the sewer outfalls it appears that the sewer plant overestimated the problem by about 50%. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Lynne.

UConn to issue water conservation alert

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

The University of Connecticut issued a water conservation alert recently due to dry conditions around the Storrs campus, according to university officials. Thomas Callahan, associate vice president for infrastructure planning and strategic project management, said a notice was sent to students as a part of a Stage IA water conservation alert. The alert will request

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Schoolyard Habitat Program restores habitat, riparian buffers, improves water quality and connect students to environment

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

Through the concept of Restore*Connect*Explore, the Schoolyard Habitat Program helps to restore habitat and riparian buffers, improve water quality and connect urban students to their local, natural environment. The program fosters a sense of exploration and curiosity in students, encouraging them to unplug and connect with the natural world. It aspires to engender a lasting environmental ethic for the Long Island Sound Area.

Federal Grant Will Build Fishways For Migrating Alewife, Herring

Nov 6th, 2013 | By
Evolutionary change in the alewife also drove changes in the ecology of some Connecticut lakes, particularly in water flea (d.ambigua) and zooplankton (bosminia).

“In season, [alewife and blueback herring] are congregating at the base of the dam,” said Sally Harold, director of migratory fish projects for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. “The fish are unable to clear this barrier.” This will soon change, thanks to a federal grant to support fish passage and “connectivity” with Long Island Sound.

$100,000 Awarded for Pequabuck River Dam Removal in Bristol

Nov 1st, 2013 | By

Efforts to remove the Bristol Brass dam, also known as the Middle Street Dam, from the Pequabuck River received a boost last week. The Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency will be receiving a $100,000 Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant to cover the remaining funds needed to complete the project.

A Quinnipiac plan: go with the flow

Oct 28th, 2013 | By

… There are still a few companies — including Cytec Industries and Allegheny Ludlum in Wallingford — that are allowed to discharge waste water into the river, under state permits.

Duff Named Connecticut Water Works Legislator of the Year

Oct 27th, 2013 | By

State Sen. Bob Duff has been named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Water Works Association for winning passage of legislation this year promoting water conservation and investment in water infrastructure.

Bill would scrap 100-year-old plan to widen Eightmile River channel to Hamburg Cove

Oct 25th, 2013 | By
The Five Mile River by Holly Drinkuth, TNC

House passage of the 2013 Water Resources Reform and Development Act late Wednesday opened the way for deauthorization of a navigation project on Connecticut’s Eightmile River – a project on which there has been no activity in more than 100 years.