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…

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.

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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Everyone can help watershed council keep Connecticut River clean

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Everyone can help watershed council keep Connecticut River clean

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

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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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.

Watershed Council seeks river-friendly design for Middletown bank stabilization

Jun 13th, 2013 | By
(photo: J. Talbot)

The Connecticut River Watershed Council has been working with the City of Middletown, Army Corps of Engineers and other stakeholders since the fall of 2011 on a restoration project in the area of the John S. Roth Memorial Well Field in order to protect Middletown drinking water and the Connecticut River. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.

HVA Debuts Paddling Guide to Housatonic River in Connecticut

May 30th, 2013 | By

A paddling guide has been published by Housatonic Valley Association, a nonprofit environmental group that focuses on the river and the communities through which it courses. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the Litchfield County Times.

Dozens Of Farmington Valley Residents Speak Against UConn’s Water Supply Plan (update)

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

Dozens of speakers at a hearing Tuesday night denounced a plan to take water from the Farmington River Watershed to supply the University of Connecticut, saying it would harm an already stressed Farmington River, an important resource.

Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from The Hartford Courant.

Deadline For Comment On Controversial MDC Water Plan Is Extended

Dec 21st, 2012 | By

Citizens will have more time to comment on a controversial plan by the University of Connecticut and The Metropolitan District to tap the upper Farmington River to serve the university’s growing water needs.

Housatonic River dredging set for end of month

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By

It will take about a month to move 50,000 cubic yards of silt and deepen the channel in the Housatonic River.

A Bolder Clean Water Act for the Next 40 Years via National Geographic

Oct 18th, 2012 | By

As game-changing laws go, the 1972 U.S. Clean Water Act ranks high. With images of rivers like the Cuyahoga burning and fish floating belly up in Lake Erie still fresh in the public’s mind, the Act transformed the nation’s relationship with fresh water. It forbade cities and industries from using rivers and lakes as waste

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The Clean Water Act Turns 40 this week

Oct 17th, 2012 | By

In response to a public outcry over water pollution, the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972 with strong bipartisan support. By making any discharges into the nation’s waters illegal without a permit and establishing protective water quality standards, the Act fundamentally revolutionized the way we address water pollution. As a result, chemical

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