Water Conservation

Audio: A Conversation with a Pro-Drilling Environmentalist — Is there any such thing?

Jul 12th, 2010 | By

Need to Know’s Alison Stewart speaks with Amanda Little, a journalist and self-proclaimed “pro-drilling environmentalist.” Little describes her personal experience on an off-shore oil rig and her optimistic belief that American ingenuity can solve our energy problems. Little is the author of “Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells.” Is there any such thing

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$300,000 agreement will protect Salem forest from development

Jul 11th, 2010 | By

Salem, Conn. — The state chapter of the Nature Conservancy announced last week it has purchased a $300,000 conservation easement, permanently protecting 118 acres along Gungy Road, owned by the Bingham family.

‘Good news’ votes taken at recent meeting

Jul 9th, 2010 | By

SIMSBURY — At its meeting June 28, the Board of Selectmen voted on a number of agenda items that spell good news for the town, including a grant and conservation/public recreation easement agreements with the state, which will allow release of an Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant of $185,000 to the town for

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Governor Rell: State to Dedicate $11.25M To Preserve Open Space

Jul 9th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Wednesday that $11.25 million to preserve open space in Connecticut is expected to be approved when the state Bond Commission meets July 13. “We continue to make great progress toward our goal of protecting 21 percent of Connecticut’s land – or 673,210 acres – by the year 2023. To

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Malloy unveils environmental protection plan, opposes windmills in L.I. Sound

Jul 7th, 2010 | By

BRANFORD — Democratic gubernatorial contender Dan Malloy unveiled an environmental protection plan today that emphasizes investments in clean water, public transportation and brownfield remediation and redevelopment.

NRC finds more problems at Vt. Nuke, calls for shutdown begin

Jul 5th, 2010 | By

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found that the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant has been using the wrong kind of electrical cables in part of its operation, potentially short-circuiting and disabling the plant’s safety system.

EHHI endorses proposed ban in W. Hartford on outdoor wood boilers

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

In response to West Hartford seeking to ban outdoor wood furnaces (OWFs), Environment and Human Health Inc. would like to endorse this important proposed policy decision. Outdoor wood-burning furnaces, also known as an outdoor wood boilers, are essentially small, insulated sheds with short smokestacks. They burn wood that heats water that is then sent through

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A conservation success story: Sole freshwater tidal marsh on the Thames has made strides, faces challenges

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

Sole freshwater tidal marsh on the Thames has made strides, faces challenges Ledyard – At Poquetanuck Cove, the working estuary known as the Thames River steps away from its industrial life of submarines, coal-fired power plants, ferry traffic and sewage plant discharges for an interlude with nature. The 2-mile-long cove is the only freshwater tidal

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Goshen Land Trust’s holdings expand

Jun 18th, 2010 | By

On April 30th, the Land Trust purchased 22 acres of land on the Norfolk boundary in a bargain sale from owner Paul Young. Mr. Young, interested in keeping the land preserved, sold it for less than his purchase price over twenty years ago.

CT Partnership to Receive $4.2 Million in Stimulus for Energy Programs

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that a partnership led by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, a ratepayer fund to promote, develop and invest in clean energy sources, will receive $4.17 million in competitive federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy programs in Connecticut. The grant was only one of 20 awarded

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American Farmland Trust on the Failure of the Murkowski Amendment

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

Washington, D.C. — Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT) said:    “The failure of the Murkowski Amendment to pass in the Senate today makes clear that efforts to delay Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of green house gasses (GHG) under the Clean Air Act, through similar legislation or lawsuits are not likely to

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DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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Profile: Guilford Land Conservation Trust’s Westwoods recreational area

May 30th, 2010 | By

The Westwoods trail system is the largest recreational area for hiking in Guilford. Westwoods contains 39 miles of trails on 1,200 acres. It contains a wide diversity of fascinating natural formations such as cave structures, water falls, salt and fresh water marshes, inland tidal lake, carved rock sculptures and rock formations. Westwoods is a large

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Environmental police spread thin

May 30th, 2010 | By

Not in the past three decades has the state’s environmental conservation police force – the khaki green-uniformed officers who stop speeding boaters and investigate boating accidents, tranquilize nuisance bears, check the catches of fishermen and hunters, arrest drunks fighting in state park campgrounds, make sure shellfish are being taken from clean waters and chase after

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NRCS Announces $750,000 in Funds for Forestry Intiative

May 28th, 2010 | By

TOLLAND, CT – Looking for conservation funding opportunities to improve wildlife habitat, forest health and productivity, and water quality on your private forest lands? If so, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) may be able to help. Douglas L. Zehner, State Conservationist for NRCS in Connecticut, announced the availability of $750,000 in Wildlife Habitat Incentive

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DEP Announces Measures to Protect Shorebirds and Wading Birds: Charles Island and Duck Island Closed for Nesting Season

May 27th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has announced measures to protect birds that live in shoreline areas and asked for the public’s cooperation in ensuring the safety of these species. The DEP announced that Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook will be closed to the public from now through September 9, 2010,

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Report: A New England four-fifths covered with forests, farms and aquatic ecosystems is attainable vision

May 25th, 2010 | By

CT Environmental Headlines believes the subtitle should read: “A BOLD vision for the New England Landscape.” But an excellent one nonetheless. Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape, calls for conserving 70 percent of the New England landscape in forests (30 million acres). (The report is co-authored by Lloyd Irland of the

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Litchfield students take top honors in Connecticut Envirothon

May 21st, 2010 | By

Killingworth – Some Connecticut high school students may not be interested in learning about the natural world around them, but those from Litchfield High School in Litchfield were extremely well informed. Placing first in the Connecticut Envirothon, held May 20, the students competed against 36 other teams to earn the chance to represent Connecticut at

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CBIA’s 2010 Sustainability Conference Wednesday, June 9, 2010

May 17th, 2010 | By

Join CBIA and others from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hartford Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford for a Hartford Business Journal Business Week events. Connecticut businesses are leaders in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and have demonstrated a strong commitment to good green business practices. More companies of all sizes have developed strategies to

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100+ Groups Sign on to No Drilling Letter to U.S. Senate, legislation being introduced today to expand offshore oil drilling

May 12th, 2010 | By

Joining 109 other environmental groups, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has signed on to a letter submitted last week to the United States Senate. That kind of critical mass can’t go ignored. At the same time, two U.S. senators will introduce climate-change legislation today that gives coastal states a share of revenue from expanded

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