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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
It will take about a month to move 50,000 cubic yards of silt and deepen the channel in the Housatonic River.
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
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
This year, though, the Quinebaug has risen anew to prominence in the region. Several years ago 10 miles in Massachusetts were named part of the National Recreation Trail network, and this summer, 35 miles more of the river in Connecticut was added to the trail, including sections through Thompson, Putnam, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Killingly, Plainfield and
The common council will vote Monday on sending the cost to build a pipeline connecting the city to the Mattabassett District Sewage Treatment Plant — $37 million — to referendum in November. The proposed project includes building a new pump station off East Main Street in Middletown, building a pipeline along Route 9 connecting to
The Five Mile River, which runs from the New York State border through New Canaan, Norwalk and Darien before emptying into Long Island Sound, will be cleaned up under a plan endorsed by chief elected officials in those towns Thursday afternoon at Norwalk Community College. “Some of the worst conditions are down here in Norwalk,
DEEP environmental analyst Mary Becker insists that the new focus on phosphorus doesn’t mean that the state is neglecting Quinnipiac’s other pollution problems. While industrial chemicals remain an issue, tougher regulations, closing factories and remediation have reduced their levels. Barbara Moran, Conn. Health I-Team reports in the Meriden Record-Journal.
Just as people can check the weather report to see if they will need an umbrella or a warm jacket, now they can check a new website to see whether it’s safe to go into the water.
Removal of the 128-foot long, 25-foot high concrete dam in East Granby and Bloomfield, Connecticut, will help make the river and its tributaries accessible to migratory fish that have historically spawned there. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.
At a press conference held in the Tariffville section of Simsbury, Connecticut’s U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators announced that they have introduced a new bill in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to designate the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as protected under the U.S. National Park Service Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. NewHartfordPlus reports.
A crucial flood monitoring system used for 46 years on the Connecticut River in Middletown was shut down Friday because of a lack of federal funding, according to a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.