DEEP Announces USFWS Grant to Protect and Enhance Critical Coastal Habitat

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

Restoration work to be conducted under a project planned for Silver Sands State Park in Milford will increase interior tidal flow in the marsh habitat, control invasive phragmites, restore native vegetation, and provide source reduction for mosquito control, with a concomitant reduction or elimination in chemical pesticide applications.

Source to Sea Cleanup targets Connecticut River

Oct 5th, 2013 | By
Kayakers are seen enjoying the early fall foliage on the Connecticut River (cjzurcher)

Billed as the largest river cleanup in New England, the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup aims to clean up the Connecticut River from its northernmost reaches in New Hampshire, 300 yards from the Quebec border, to where it flows into Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook and Old Lyme.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Mark Zaretsky of the New Haven Register.

Lawmakers air concerns about Long Island Sound

Sep 26th, 2013 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

Problems such as pesticide contamination, algae blooms and declining lobster populations imperil Long Island Sound, elected officials and environmentalists from New York and Connecticut said Wednesday.

long-island-sound-fishing-boat-cjzurcherOfficials, meeting in Port Jefferson at the second annual Bi-State Long Island Sound Roundtable, discussed strategies for protecting the estuary — a source of jobs and recreation for residents of both states.

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Scientists work to preserve the Connecticut River

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Three scientists at TNC — Rose Paul, Kathryn Kennedy, and Kimberly Lutz — are front and center in considering the Connecticut River, making sure all the components of biology and ecology, as well as usages for recreation and energy, are measured in what’s best for the river. And that’s key to creating a model of

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Harbor dredging a benfeit to all not just boaters

Sep 16th, 2013 | By

We have long touted Norwalk’s connection to the sea possessed as we are with one of the finest, protected harbors on Long Island Sound. Keeping that in mind, it was good to hear that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to complete the final phase of dredging the city’s harbor. For more

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Farmington River to flow at lower levels

Sep 10th, 2013 | By

The association advises visitors to plan accordingly. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Save the Sound’s Water Quality Testing in Mamaroneck Leads to Pollution Discoveries and Solutions

Sep 7th, 2013 | By
Representatives of Save the Sound and Mamaroneck village inspected Otter Creek, location of a sewer line break.

The first discovery was a slurry of goop from a local A&P supermarket running into a storm drain on the Mamaroneck River. The second big find was a significant sewer line break near Mamaroneck Harbor, in a line belonging to the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. Click on this Environmental Headline for more.

Grant to help find safe passage for fish and wildlife

Sep 5th, 2013 | By

A $174,000 grant from the Natural Resource Damages Fund will allow the Housatonic Valley Association to determine which culverts in the Housatonic watershed in northwest Connecticut may be preventing the movement of fish, wildlife and other aquatic creatures from one stream segment to another. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story from the HVA.

Enforcement begins against unauthorized oversized vessels on Candlewood Lake

Sep 5th, 2013 | By

The DEEP is issuing authorization decals to those oversized vessels with a specific documented history on the lake and to boat retailers that had oversized boats in inventory prior to the effective date of the regulation. So far, more than 140 such decals have been issued. Decals are available until the end of 2014 and there is no cost to obtain one.

Lawmaker: City’s Admission to Regional Sewer Board a ‘Done Deal’

Aug 27th, 2013 | By

Cromwell residents blasted a deal to allow Middletown to join the Mattabassett Sewer District at a public hearing held by its board of selectmen Wednesday, says a town selectman, in a decision that’s largely been made, according to the lawmaker who co-sponsored the bill.

Connecticut River Watershed Council offers education resources for teachers

Aug 26th, 2013 | By
Connecticut River in Lyme (cjzurcher)

As students gear up for back-to-school, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) urges teachers and educators to explore River of Words along the Connecticut River, an environmental art and poetry program promoting watershed awareness, literacy and the arts.

New Funding Released for Housatonic River WatershedProjects

Aug 21st, 2013 | By

The additional $2.02 million in funding comes from a settlement with General Electric. The settlement included $7.75 million for projects in Connecticut aimed at restoring, rehabilitating or acquiring the equivalent of the natural resources and recreational uses of the Housatonic River that were injured by the release of PCBs. The PCBs were released from a

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Old Lyme explores dredging for Black Hall, Four Mile rivers

Aug 18th, 2013 | By

Two rivers popular with kayakers, canoeists and boaters that are getting too shallow in some areas could be getting a dredging. The town, with state funding in mind, is looking into whether dredging the Black Hall and Four Mile rivers, which spill into Long Island Sound, would be a solution to silting that is occurring

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Awaiting answers on Trumbull sewers

Aug 14th, 2013 | By

Trumbull Board of Finance candidate Tom Kelly writes: Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst still needs to explain to Trumbull voters why our sewer use rates are going up by 34 percent, why our sewer use fees are the highest of any town in Connecticut with more than 5,000 users, why our car taxes have gone up by 25 percent in the last two years, why our mill rate is the highest it’s been since 1989, and why he’s raised spending in Trumbull by $20 million over the past four years. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from the CT Post.

Bill introduced in NY to Restrict Pesticide Methoprene in Estuaries

Aug 12th, 2013 | By

Methoprene, an insect growth regulator, is considered a biochemical pesticide that is acutely toxic to estuarine invertebrates, including valuable food and commercial species like crabs and lobsters. Environmental Protection Agency studies have found that Methoprene can be lethal to non-target organisms such as lobsters and crabs.

UConn declines proposal for water from Farmington River watershed

Aug 12th, 2013 | By

According to published reports in several different media publications, the Board of Trustees at the University of Connecticut decided earlier this week to select a proposal from the nearby Connecticut Water Company in Tolland to supply additional drinking water to the main campus in Storrs and the town of Mansfield.

Federal government pushing ahead With Plum Island sale

Aug 9th, 2013 | By

The 512-page environmental impact statement said, “The preferred alternative – is the sale of the property out of federal ownership.”

Conn. recalls shellfish with bacteria from Sound

Aug 6th, 2013 | By

Warm water in Long Island Sound is being blamed for naturally occurring bacteria that sickened at least five people who ate oysters, clams and other shellfish from shallow areas near Norwalk and Westport.

UConn is doing right for its water needs by rejecting the MDC plan

Aug 6th, 2013 | By

We applaud reports that the University of Connecticut seems poised to do the right thing by ending the statewide water controversy and rejecting a proposal by Metropolitan District Commission to ship water from the Farmington River across the state to solve UConn’s water needs. It is important that the UConn board of trustees ratify this

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Low oxygen levels present even in bays in eastern estuary, UConn researchers find

Aug 5th, 2013 | By

Even in the cleaner eastern end of Long Island Sound, oxygen levels in the most inland reaches of some coves and bays drops to suffocatingly low levels virtually every night in late summer, only to rebound when the sun comes up in the morning, University of Connecticut researchers have found.