Pollution

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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Still Time to Join Massive Oct. 1 Connecticut River Cleanup

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By

More than 1,500 volunteers in four states will fan out on Saturday Oct. 1 to clean up trash and flood-strewn debris along the Connecticut River and its tributaries. The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 15th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup – always held in early fall – comes at a perfect time to help communities in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut that are still cleaning up from Tropical Storm Irene. Click this environmental headline for more on this story.



Closed Swimming Areas,105 | AP via Courant.com

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.



Opposition to New Haven Harbor Dumping Plan Grows

Jun 26th, 2011 | By

Some people call attention to an issue by marching in protest; this group will make its point with a flotilla of small watercraft. East Shore resident Larry Smith is inviting boaters to show their feelings over the proposed dumping of dredged material from Bridgeport into a “borrow pit” in New Haven Harbor by blowing their air horns in unison July 3, Dredging Today reports.



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.



Greenwich agrees to pay $200,000 penalty over raw sewage releases

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

The town of Greenwich has agreed to pay a $200,000 penalty under a settlement with state and federal officials over the release of raw sewage.



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.



Cove Residents To Army Corps: Don’t Budge The Sludge

Oct 31st, 2010 | By

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to drop a quarter-million cubic yards of contaminated dredged yuck from Bridgeport Harbor into Morris Cove. More than 100 neighbors gathered for the last public hearing recently blast the Corp’s plan and to question its science.



Man sentenced to probation in Terryville waste-dumping case

Oct 13th, 2010 | By

An employee of a Terryville company charged by federal authorities with dumping chemicals into the Plymouth sewer system has been sentenced to five years probation.



DEP Proposes Regs for Spills and Discharges

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

The DEP is proposing regulations that provide specific requirements for reporting spills and discharges to offer clarity for the regulated community.



Stamford signs consent order with DEP regarding Scofieldtown Park

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

After many months of studies, testing and negotiations, Mayor Michael Pavia hasannounced that he and the city’s Director of Legal Affairs, Michael D. Larobina, signed a consent order with the CT DEP concerning Scofieldtown Park that outlines a process for hiring design engineers and construction contractors.



NRG sponsoring CRWC ‘Great River Cleanup’ Oct. 2

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

NRG has announced that it is “‘leading the way as sponsor of the ‘Great River Cleanup’” The company announced that the Connecticut River Watershed Council needs a few thousand volunteers for the Oct. 2, 2010, Source to Sea Cleanup.  This year, NRG Energy again leads the way as title sponsor, with many of its Connecticut

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‘Tens of thousands of gallons’ of foam fouls West Haven river as Yale fire suppression system malfunctions

Sep 1st, 2010 | By

WEST HAVEN — “Tens of thousands of gallons” of a flame-suppressing chemical foam is believed to have spread from a broken pipe fitting at Yale University’s West Campus into the Oyster River, authorities said this morning. The foam is not harmful to people, officials said, but fish die off has been reported. via ‘Tens of

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New microbe discovered eating oil spill in Gulf

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON – A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe is suddenly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. And the microbe works without significantly depleting oxygen in

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States Leading Fight to Solve Global Warming

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

The United States, long considered a laggard in addressing global warming, is poised to achieve substantial reductions in global warming pollution thanks to clean energy policies adopted over the past decade by state governments, according to a new report by the Environment America Research & Policy Center. “While there’s no doubt that Congress must pass

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Lodgings target ‘green’ as the color of success

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

Green lodging. It’s a relatively new term, but expect it to become more common as travelers increasingly seek to stay in a place that practices environmentally responsible policies, from saving water to recycling. In Connecticut, there are already 15 accommodations that participate in the Connecticut Green Lodging program, and several of them are located in

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Portland asphalt factory fire update | WFSB Hartford, Middletown Press with video

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

PORTLAND- Conn — Portland Fire Department and several area fire crews are on the scene of a fire at Triram Connecticut LLC, an asphalt factory in Portland by the Connecticut River. via Portland Asphalt Factory Fire – WFSB Hartford. Also see: PORTLAND FIRE: Blaze damages portion of Triram asphalt plant – The Middletown Press. PORTLAND —

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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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