Save The Sound Speaks Out Against Mamaroneck Beach Closures

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

Save the Sound, an organization dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of the Long Island Sound, posted an article on its blog on July 29 naming bacteria as the cause of the closures. “We urge all Westchester residents to contact their local elected officials and let them know that fixing the sewers and cleaning up

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Pond issues (and laws) hound Wallingford farmer

Jul 25th, 2013 | By

When Jeff Andrews dug a quarter-acre pond in his backyard in 2009, he thought he was within his rights. While a portion of his 1and, at 210 Northford Road, sits in protected wetland areas, state statute allows farm ponds of 3 acres or less essential to farming operations in wetlands.

Registration Underway for Connecticut River Cleanup

Jul 25th, 2013 | By
Arrigoni Bridge, Middletown, Connecticut (cjzurcher)

The Connecticut River Watershed Council is now registering volunteers interested in taking part of Connecticut river cleanup spanning four states.

Lobstermen applaud effort of Weston legislator to keep pesticides out of Sound

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

“For several years we have listened to the experts who told us that these pesticides could not harm the lobster population — last year, however, we learned that the experts may have been wrong,” said Mr. Shaban, ranking member of the Environment Committee. “This measure will give the benefit of the doubt to the people who have been working these waters for their entire lives, and will help restore a lucrative local industry.”

Climate Change And Long Island Sound Marshes

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By
Coastal wetlands provide critical habitat for shorebirds and young fish. (photo: cjzurcher)

New York and Connecticut scientists are studying wetlands along the Long Island Sound to evaluate the potential impact of rising sea levels.

Connecticut’s lakes: A rich resource with lurking enemies

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

“You’ve got global warming,” said George Knocklein, a lake scientist who does work throughout the state. “You’ve got weeds and invasives. If you’re not paying attention, there’s a lot of things that will be happening underneath the surface, and quickly things can worse.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the Danbury News Times.

Lakeside Homeowner, Neighbors Move Forward with Herbicide Treatment in Moodus

Jul 19th, 2013 | By

“Anything that goes into that body of water is the jurisdiction of the state of CT,” said Moodus First Selectman Mark Walter, who led the discussion at the meeting. “They have scientists on staff that have the education to process these applications. This is a state process, not a town process. The town does not have the power to overturn state permits.”

Herbicide Treatment in Lower Moodus Reservoir ‘Postponed’ — Postponed? How about stopped? Let’s not voluntarily pollute a reservoir.

Jul 18th, 2013 | By

Representative Melissa Ziobron confirms on her Facebook page that the herbicide treatment planned for Thursday, July 18, has been postponed. After a petition and letters of opposition to a planned herbicide treatment in the Lower Moodus Reservoir began circulating over the last week, it has now been announced that the treatment has been postponed. For more on

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Four area land trusts, three river protection organizations, others join in river protection effort

Jul 18th, 2013 | By

These systems are Litchfield County’s East and West Aspetuck Rivers, which flow through five towns, and Pomperaug River, which flows through three towns in both Litchfield and New Haven Counties. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Voices.

Bethel water sale spurs opponents

Jul 17th, 2013 | By

Control of water rights and town property, potential rate increases fluoridated water were some of the concerns expressed by about 100 residents Tuesday night at a public hearing on the proposed sale of the town water department. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the News Times in Danbury and Bethel Patch.

Environmental Groups Unite, Send Letter of Concerns Regarding Herbicide Use in the Lake

Jul 15th, 2013 | By

The letter reads in part: “The main ingredient in Rodeo (glyphosate) has a demonstrated toxicity to aquatic wildlife. Frogs and amphibians are particularly vulnerable due to the high permeability of their skin.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from the Haddams-Killingworth Patch.

Petition to Stop Glyphosate treatment across from Town Beach and Dog Park

Jul 15th, 2013 | By

According to the EPA, “Glyphosate has the potential to cause…kidney damage, reproductive effects” AND the “EPA has found glyphosate to potentially cause… congestion of the lungs; increased breathing rate.”

UConn will recycle wastewater for use at Storrs campus power plant

Jul 11th, 2013 | By

UConn’s new water reclamation facility came online in stages during late spring and early summer. It’s now providing up to 500,000 gallons of treated wastewater on high-demand days to help run the Storrs campus power plant, which previously used potable water.

NY releases study on coastal waters

Jul 11th, 2013 | By

A study of New York’s coastal waters, released Wednesday by the Department of State, is intended to help guide the eventual placement of offshore wind turbines. The study draws from four reports conducted for the department, and identifies areas significant to commercial fishing and recreation, identifies endangered species like right whales, sea turtles and Atlantic

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DEEP OK’s Herbicide Treatment in Lower Moodus Reservoir — Huh?

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

One East Haddam resident isn’t as convinced about the safety of the herbicide particularly since it includes a surfactant. The resident cited the research of Rick A. Relyea, of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, who found that “many common surfactants are lethal to fish and frogs.”

Storm surge — the hurricane season’s least understood threat

Jul 6th, 2013 | By

It was exactly the 2013 hurricane forecast no one wanted to hear: An active to extremely active Atlantic season, according to the National Hurricane Center. Specifically – a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms including seven to 11 hurricanes, three to six of which could be major.

“I’m hoping they’re just wrong,” said Brian Thompson, director of the Office of Long Island Sound Programs at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “But I’m not going count on that.”

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Jan Ellen Spiegel of The CT Mirror.

Nearly 300 beach days lost last year to water quality

Jun 29th, 2013 | By

“When it comes to clean water, being ‘middle-of-the-pack’ is not good enough,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the Sound. “One out of every ten American citizens lives within an hour’s drive of Long Island Sound, and they deserve clean, safe beaches—even one closing because of bacteria and pollution is too many.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Save the Sound.

Bipartisan Effort Made to Keep Pesticides Out of Long Island Sound

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

House Bill 6441 includes limitations on the use of the larvicide methoprene and adulticide resmethrin in coastal areas. The law exempts New Haven from the restriction, but will apply to all other municipalities within 1,000 feet of the Long Island Sound, according to a press release from the American Mosquito Control Association.

Feds’ Plum Island EIS ‘misses the boat’: CFE

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Save the Sound and fellow advocates in the Preserve Plum Island Coalition have had strong criticisms for the U.S. General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security after the agencies released their Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed sale of Plum Island, NY. The EIS recommends a public auction of the 843-acre island, which is located at the eastern end of Long Island Sound and has become a de facto wildlife refuge thanks to restrictions on a human presence. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Funds Available for Marine Pumpout Programs to Protect Waters of Long Island Sound: DEEP

Jun 25th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced that more than $1 million in federal funds are available for boat sewage disposal facilities, or pumpout stations, on Long Island Sound for the 2014 boating season. The program is administered by DEEP with a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act Program.