Stormwater Runoff

NY DEP Improves Overall Ecology of East River and Long Island Sound

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

Nitrogen Discharges Reduced by 45 percent at Bronx Plant; Project Part of Citywide Plan to Cut Nitrogen Discharges into waterways by 60,000 Pounds Per Day Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway has announced the operation of enhanced treatment measures to reduce the amount of nitrogen being discharged into the East River at the Hunts Point Wastewater

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Turf Study’s Risk Estimates Modified to Avoid Alarming Public

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) was astonished to learn that despite the significant health and safety concerns shown in the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Artificial Turf Study, the state agency was urged to re-frame its press release so as not to alarm the public. Unbelievably, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), which

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State Slips To 13th Place In Water Quality According To Annual Report

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Nationally, Connecticut slipped from 12th place to 13th for percentage of water quality tests that exceeded national standards, according to the National Resources Defense Council’s 20th annual water quality report, The Hartford Courant reported. Factoring out a wildlife anomaly in 2008, Connecticut beaches have been closed or carried posted advisories for 108 days for the

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NRDC Files Lawsuit to Curb One of State’s Leading Sources of Water Pollution

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

New York State Fails to Clean-Up Waterways, Ignores Legal Requirements of Clean Water Act NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 29, 2010) — The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit last night against New York State for failing to take legally required steps this year to clean up one of the primary causes of pollution in

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EPA to Initiate Rulemaking to Reduce Harmful Effects of Sanitary Sewer Overflows

May 28th, 2010 | By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating a rulemaking to better protect the environment and public health from the harmful effects of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and basement backups. In many cities, SSOs and basement backups occur because of blockages, broken pipes and excessive water flowing into the pipes. SSOs present environmental and health

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Managing Stormwater Pollution, by Leah Schmalz and Laura McMillan of Save the Sound

May 18th, 2010 | By

Stormwater runoff is among the most serious water quality problems facing Long Island Sound today. With each rainfall, water runs off hard surfaces like roofs, driveways, roads and parking lots, carrying toxins and chemicals into the streams and rivers that feed the Sound. Stormwater runoff causes many problems: flooded streets, sewage that backs up into

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Storm washes out shell fishing – GreenwichTime

Mar 16th, 2010 | By

The weekend’s storm took a toll on the state’s fishermen as water pollution from sewage-treatment plant overflows and general runoff closed all shellfish beds in Connecticut. via Storm washes out shell fishing – GreenwichTime.

Broad Coalition Rallies for Action on Green Jobs, Saving Energy Funds

Mar 4th, 2010 | By

A broad coalition of environmental advocates and clean energy businesses united with legislative leaders yesterday to call for policies that will get Connecticut residents back to work in good, green jobs. While some of those policies would require some financial investment, others would require no financial expense at all. In many cases, the no-cost policies

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How our food system is destroying the nation’s most important fishery | The N2 Dilemma: Is America Fertilizing Disaster? | Grist

Feb 11th, 2010 | By

The Mississippi River Basin empties into the Gulf below New Orleans. It drains the U.S. Heartland and upper Midwest, home to most of the country’s prime agricultural land outside the state of California. Lots of fertilizer is applied every year in this watershed to produce lots of non-organic corn, soybeans, cotton, and rice. Massive amounts

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SOS: Cleaning up the Byram River should be a priority – GreenwichTime

Jan 25th, 2010 | By

Storm water runoff often leads to polluted water because heavy rain will sweep along any chemicals, oil or sewage into brooks, streams, rivers and, in the case of Port Chester, into Long Island Sound. via SOS: Cleaning up the Byram River should be a priority – GreenwichTime.

Climate Change Experts Say No One Wins as Temperatures Rise |

Dec 29th, 2009 | By

By John Kennedy As the world’s climate warms, some assume that while some parts of the Earth will lose, others will win, and that the planet will continue to be able to sustain the human race. This is not the case, said Merrill Singer, a professor of anthropology, and Brenda Shaw, associate professor of chemistry,

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$50,000 Grant To Fight Pollution —

Dec 29th, 2009 | By

PLAINVILLE — – The town has received a $50,000 state grant to hire consultants to help make regulatory changes designed to reduce polluted runoff into the Pequabuck River. The changes would be made to the town’s zoning and subdivision regulations and could also extend to town ordinances, said Town Planner Mark Devoe. via $50,000 Grant

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UConn Working to Clean Mirror Lake | CT Environmental Headlines

Dec 4th, 2009 | By

By John Kennedy STORRS – Mirror Lake, a symbol of the University of Connecticut’s flagship campus since 1922, will be dredged next summer in order to improve the lake’s health and make it more aesthetically pleasing, said Dave Lotreck, the manager of Building Services, landscaping and elevators. Lotreck estimated the cost of the dredging project

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Long Island Sound: Water clean enough to drink?

Nov 7th, 2009 | By

Stamford, Connecticut – On Friday, Nov. 6, Stormwaterworks installed its first Hydrodynamic separator in Connecticut at Stamford’s Harbor Point Development Project. TerreKleen is a unit that relies in part on 80-year-old technology adapted from the potable water system arena. “The reason that this installation is so exciting” said Stormwaterworks owner Nanda  Zimmerman, “is that the

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Federal appropriations benefit LIS, Highlands projects, others

Oct 28th, 2009 | By

Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Audubon Connecticut report on good news coming out of Washington, D.C.: “The Interior Appropriations Conference Committee has just released their report on funding levels with the following news for Connecticut,” according to Sandy Breslin, Director of Governmental Affairs for Audubon Connecticut. $7 million for Long Island Sound Stewardship and

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East Hampton Council Candidates Discuss Priorities —

Oct 26th, 2009 | By

Members of the Chatham, Democratic and Republican parties agreed that a priority for the town is improving the health of Lake Pocotopaug, which was deemed an “impaired water body” by the state because of an overabundance of algae, most likely from stormwater runoff and erosion. via East Hampton Council Candidates Discuss Priorities —

SoundWaters hosts environmental debate | Fairfield County Weekly

Oct 20th, 2009 | By

SoundWaters, a 20-year-old Stamford environmental organization dedicated to protecting the Long Island Sound, hosted a debate about environmental issues at UConn Stamford featuring all three of Stamford’s mayoral candidates. Topics included ways to handle storm water runoff, troubles at the former garbage dump in Scofieldtown Park, and a proposed waste-to-energy plant to be built and

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Ceremony fitting for stormwater education project |

Oct 19th, 2009 | By

The outdoor classroom includes 11 educational signs posted throughout the parking lot. The signs demonstrate the latest technologies and techniques used to remove pollutants and reduce stormwater runoff before discharging it into the Long Island Sound. via – Ceremony fitting for stormwater education project.

River looks for a few friends

Oct 13th, 2009 | By

Tuscany Restaurant Pizzeria at 935 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington is one of a few Quinnipiac River Watershed Association Executive Director Mary Mushinsky has recruited for her Friends of the River program, which tries to get business owners with properties bordering watershed areas to follow a list of “best practices” for preventing pollution runoff, such as

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Save the Sound Pushes for Increased Long Island Sound Funding

Oct 6th, 2009 | By

Save the Sound Pushes for Increased Long Island Sound Funding at Congressional Hearing on Reauthorization of Long Island Sound Restoration Act Washington D.C. – Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, testified today at the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment hearing in preparation for the 2010 reauthorization of

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