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
The Middle Street Dam in Bristol, CT (contributed photo)

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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Quinebaug River named to national network

Oct 6th, 2012 | By

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

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Middletown Common Council to Vote on Sending $37M Mattabassett District Project to Referendum

Aug 5th, 2012 | By

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

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Five Mile River Watershed Plan complete

Aug 5th, 2012 | By

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,

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Cleaning the Quinnipiac, one pollutant at a time

Jul 17th, 2012 | By

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.

ConnecticutRiver.us provides bacteria details for swimmers, boaters

Jul 5th, 2012 | By

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 dam to enhance Farmington River for fish, recreation

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

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.