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A Pesticide Ban, New Revenues, Among Issues Highlighted at Environmental Summit in Hartford

With the legislative session just three weeks away, advocates, legislators and business owners filled Mather Hall at Trinity College on Wednesday for the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters 2020 Environmental Summit to settle on an environmental agenda for the February 5 start of session. “We got all the advocates and lawmakers in one room where… Keep Reading

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Glyphosate Use Faces Public Concern and Continued Use in Southeast Connecticut

In 2019, amidst public concerns regarding the most common lawncare chemical — glyphosate, also known as RoundUp — the towns of Waterford, Groton and Chester opted to restrict non-organic applications of pesticides. This policy does not prevent the use of RoundUp on private land however. The restrictions were adopted after lawsuits in California against RoundUp’s… Keep Reading

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State Adds $5 Million to Open Space in 2019, but Delays Announcement for 2020

Wednesday, the State Bond commission approved an additional $5 million for the acquisition of open space and watershed land, providing the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with a total of $11 million to distribute in grants to the second largest pool of applicants to date.  The Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grant program… Keep Reading

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Connecticut River Conservancy Hires River Steward, Promoting Conservation, Environmental Justice

“For good or bad, we are the mouth of the Connecticut river. So everything that is happening upstream is going to impact us,” said Kelsey Wentling, the new Connecticut-based river steward for the Connecticut River Conservancy. “We need to be engaged with groups and communities all throughout the watershed in order to make an impact.… Keep Reading

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Public-Private Partnership Seeds 100,000 Oysters in Niantic River

EAST LYME — Shellfish experts deposited about 100,000 juvenile oysters into the Niantic River on Saturday, as part of a $10,000 public-private partnership plan by the Waterford-East Lyme Shellfish Commission to bolster the river’s oyster population in an effort to increase recreational fishing and improve water quality. “This is the first seeding that we’ll do,”… Keep Reading

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Fenwick is Site of Second Living Shoreline Project in Connecticut

Last winter, after years of increasing erosion exacerbated by sea level rise, Long Island Sound breached a protective sand dune offshore of Fenwick leaving a recently restored marsh behind it vulnerable. “There is concern that there is going to be more flooding, especially during large storm events,” said Juliana Barrett, an extension educator for the… Keep Reading

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New First Selectman Underscores Outdoor Recreation for Business in East Haddam

EAST HADDAM — In a Tuesday morning interview one week after taking office, First Selectman Robert Smith said the town should strengthen and maintain its wealth of hiking trails and emphasize outdoor recreation as an economic driver for the town. “We really need to look at emphasizing and reaching out to companies that would want… Keep Reading

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Estuary Reserve Would Promote Education, Research, in Southeast Connecticut

In an era of changing climate, conservationists say the answers to critical questions about rising sea levels will be found in estuaries — the dynamic habitats typically formed where freshwater rivers meet tidal oceans or lakes. This has motivated Connecticut to seek a federal partnership for an estuary reserve along the state’s southeastern shore. In… Keep Reading

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Old Dams and New Problems for Connecticut Homeowners

In 2008, Debbie Rosener bought a house and moved to Killingworth, a small town in the lower Connecticut River Valley. She planned for a quiet retirement. What she hadn’t planned for when she purchased the property was that she would also unwittingly purchase a dam in the bargain, a dam that was on the verge… Keep Reading

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