Stormwater Runoff

Right to Know about combined sewer overflow Phase 1 active, on the web

Jun 7th, 2013 | By
Combined sewer overflow in West Haven. (photo: cjzurcher)

The groundbreaking piece of legislation passed during the 2012 legislative session requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to report Combined Sewer Overflows in the state. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, between 1.8 and 3.5 million Americans become ill from contact with water contaminated by sewage every year. Click on this Environmental Headline to find out more about this interactive map.

Clean water advocates celebrate passage of bonding package

Jun 5th, 2013 | By

Save the Sound and members of the Clean Water Investment Coalition liked the bonding package approved today, which included $997.4 million for clean water projects in Connecticut for 2014 and 2015. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Save the Sound and other organizations supporting the bonding package.

Summer storms wreak havoc for beach-goers (update)

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Norwalk area beach waterfronts are closed again Monday because of the heavy rainfall from over the weekend. There are concerns of swimmer safety with parasites and sewage lingering in Long Island Sound according to Calf Pasture lifeguard supervisor Joy Coreau. For more on this story, visit: Norwalk beaches remain closed – The Hour Publishing Company:

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Sound pollution problems go far beyond Connecticut

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

Numerous sewage treatment plants throughout New England are at maximum capacity and overflow during periods of heavy rain, sending untreated sewage into Long Island Sound. Millions of people live in New England and Long Island. Heavy rain storms such as Irene have caused scores of sewage treatment plants to overflow, sending untreated waste down to

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Senate passes sewage ‘right to know’ act: CCE

Apr 15th, 2012 | By

Citizens Campaign for the Environment is applauding the CT Senate for passing the Sewage Right to Know Act yesterday, which would require the state to notify the public whenever sewage overflows contaminate local waterways. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Wethersfield Sewers Getting Upgrade

Dec 28th, 2011 | By

The upgrade should eliminate sewage overflows into Wethersfield cove, an inlet of the Connecticut River just south of the MDC sewage treatment plant in Hartford. The Hartford Courant reports.

State slow to embrace new approach to storm runoff pollution

Oct 19th, 2011 | By

Low impact development, or LID covers a host of techniques, zoning and engineering practices designed to more environmentally handle stormwater runoff, which in Connecticut has a major impact the water quality in the Sound.

Closed Swimming Areas,105 | AP via

Aug 17th, 2011 | By

The Associated Press has reported that all of Connecticut’s state beaches had to be closed because of high bacteria from runoff.

Resident: Greenwich needs stormwater commission

Jun 21st, 2011 | By

A Greenwich resident who thinks the town should do more to ensure the quality of the water that flows from the town’s wetlands into Long Island Sound asked the Board of Selectmen to establish a town commission to deal with stormwater issues.

Towns join to restore Pequonnock River

Jun 14th, 2011 | By

“The river doesn’t know any governmental boundaries, so we all have to work together,” said Marven Moss, a member of the Pequonnock River Initiative’s Monroe Steering Committee. Save the Sound is leading the initiative. Other watershed initiatives in the state include the Norwalk River Watershed Initiative, Farmington River Watershed Initiative, and Pomperaug River Watershed Initiative.

NH Stormwater Showdown Becomes A Numbers Duel

Jan 21st, 2011 | By

New Haven’s Chief Administrative Officer Rob Smuts boasted that a new Stormwater Authority would save residential taxpayers $600,000 a year, the New Haven Independent reports.

New: ‘Sound Health 2010’ outlines health of Long Island Sound

Jan 19th, 2011 | By

“Sound Health 2010” looks at indicators of the Sound’s health in the areas of water quality, coastal and animal populations, habitats, and land use. See inside for more information and photos from the report. Sound Health 2010, looks back at environmental conditions in the Sound and its watershed over the last two years and compares them to conditions from the last 20 to 30 years.

Byram River advocates welcome N.Y. grant

Nov 30th, 2010 | By

Byram River backers are hoping a recent New York state grant will help in the river’s ongoing cleanup.

NH Register editorial: Storm stressed New Haven sewer system

Oct 7th, 2010 | By

Two inches of rain that Tropical Storm Nicole dropped on the region last week showed the importance of plans to build separate lines for sewage and storm water.

DEP Issues Revised Permit for Management of Industrial Storm Water Runoff

Sep 1st, 2010 | By

The DEP has revised the requirements for management of storm water runoff from industrial sites under its General Permit program. The revised permit addresses EPA’s concerns and the growing awareness in Connecticut that contaminants in storm water runoff impact the quality of our lakes, rivers, and streams.

Deal reached on Croton watershed upgrades

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

A dozen communities in northern Westchester have worked out an agreement on how to spend $10 million to maintain the quality of drinking water in the region.The funding will pay for improvements to storm drains and catch basins that prevent pollutants from entering the Croton reservoir system, and it will create a system for mapping

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Harwinton Board of Selectmen reviewing low impact development plan in effort to reduce water runoff

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

HARWINTON — The Board of Selectmen is reviewing ways to implement low impact development on town land to reduce water runoff. Engineer Stephen Trinkaus and Glenn Chalder of Planemetrics have already met with the various land use commissions throughout the summer about their preliminary low impact development (LID) proposals for feedback. via Harwinton Board of

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Poquonnock River Initiative formed to protect and restore watershed

Aug 17th, 2010 | By

The Pequonnock River Initiative (PRI) — a partnership between the City of Bridgeport and the towns of Monroe and Trumbull — was formed recently to develop a watershed plan for the Pequonnock River watershed.

Study: Artificial Turf Poses ‘No Elevated Health Risk’ (update)

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Updated with the following story from the Ridgefield Press: A new study of artificial turf fields containing crumb rubber infill conducted by four state agencies shows that health risks are not elevated from playing on the fields, the State Department of Environmental Protection said late Friday. However, higher contaminant levels at one indoor field indicate

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Geese Are Likely Culprits In Eight-Day Closure At Eichler’s Cove

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Eichler’s Cove, Newtown’s only public fresh water beach, will be closed at least through Friday according to the local Health District. With no substantial runoff or known failing septic systems in the area, health and wetland officials suspect a significant population of Canada Geese nesting in the area for the highest bacteria counts on record

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