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State Forester Emery Gluck Talks Fires, Logging and Illegal Dumping in Nehantic State Forest

Fires and logging aren’t typically seen as hallmarks of a healthy forest — but for Connecticut’s 5,000-acre Nehantic State Forest, fires and logging are helping improve the health of the forest. “The basic tenant to forestry is to improve the forest from current conditions to a more healthy and diverse forest,” said Emery Gluck, a… Keep Reading

Posted on in Energy/Environment/In the Region/Topic: Wind Energy

Vineyard Wind Biologist Talks Common Ground with Fishing Industry

NEW BEDFORD — With about 20 years of experience on the seas, Crista Bank has worked in academia as a fisheries biologist, conducted research with commercial fishermen, earned her 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license, journeyed across the globe aboard traditional sailing vessels and taught marine science in New England, Southern California and the Florida… Keep Reading

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Survey Reveals 200 Acres of Invasive Hydrilla in Lower Connecticut River

According to a recent survey, more than 200 acres of the lower third of the Connecticut River is overgrown with hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant that, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, is among the most difficult to control. “The big news from our survey is that hydrilla has been found in the Connecticut… Keep Reading

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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

Posted on in East Lyme/Environment/Stonington

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

Posted on in Environment/Old Saybrook

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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