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U.S. House votes to block Plum Island sale

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would block the sale of Plum Island — a strip of land in Long Island Sound — to the highest bidder. The voice vote on the bill was a substantial win for environmentalists, conservationists and Connecticut lawmakers who want to preserve the island as a natural habitat — but only if the Senate follows suit. Continue Reading →

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Trump would slash CT environment funds; hit to Sound feared

The Trump administration called massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency an attempt to ease the burden of unnecessary federal regulations. Connecticut’s environmental commissioner called it an assault on public health and the environment. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, Cuomo face off over dumping in Long Island Sound

WASHINGTON – New York officials say a plan to dump dredged material in eastern Long Island Sound is potentially harmful to the ecology and tourism, but Connecticut supporters say it’s key to the state’s economic development and to keeping Naval Submarine Base New London off a base closure list. Continue Reading →

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CT fighting move to give Long Island Sound waters to New York, Rhode Island

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s lawmakers and state officials are trying to derail a bill would take about 150 square miles of Long Island Sound waters from federal government control and give that authority to New York and Rhode Island, a move that could hurt the state’s fishermen. Continue Reading →

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Massive rail plan leaves Connecticut hopeful but mystified

Proposals to reinvent the Northeast Corridor rail system could impact Connecticut more than any other state. But a lack of detail in the plans is causing exasperation even among those who have been pushing for rail improvements for decades, and it has environmentalists worrying whether losses will outweigh the benefits. Continue Reading →

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CT’s repeat flood damage dilemma: move out or rebuild?

Thousands of Connecticut homes have been repeatedly damaged by flooding due to storms. costing the government millions in insurance claims. The losses are now causing some to question the wisdom of policies that encourage rebuilding. They say that with climate change, those properties will grow more vulnerable and money would be better spent moving people out. So far, however, few homeowners are interested. Continue Reading →

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Session tally: Energy and environment hits, misses and almosts

For those pursuing energy and environmental initiatives, this legislative session was already heading toward half-a-loaf results before the budget impasse erupted. In the end there were big wins, big losses and everything in between. Continue Reading →

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On conservation’s front lines, districts facing budget cuts

The five little-known Connecticut Conservation Districts help municipalities and the public with soil and water conservation problems and projects they can’t handle themselves. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget would end all $300,000 in state funding for the districts — money they say is necessary to run their offices and leverage larger sums in the form of grants. Continue Reading →

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A storm rages over CT’s stormwater

Managing the water that flows into the thousands upon thousands of storm drains around the state — an otherwise standard municipal function — has become something close to a standoff between the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a battalion of those municipalities. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut shoreline Sandy grants raise questions

NEW HAVEN – Nearly two years after storm Sandy sacked the Connecticut coast, federal funds for recovery are still being parceled out. But issues surrounding a couple of Connecticut shoreline grants raise questions about how the money is being allocated and whether it ever will be used. Continue Reading →

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Success NOT guaranteed for unique Stratford reef project

These giant concrete balls, called Reef Balls, will help manage the erosion in Stratford. In the foreground, damage dune is apparent.

An artificial reef project that uses huge concrete objects called Reef Balls is an attempt to stop erosion on the shoreline in Stratford. The problem is, no one is sure whether the experiment — a first for Connecticut — will work. Continue Reading →

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Epic fight to save 1,000-acre Connecticut forest nears end

A 15-year legal and political odyssey neared an end Friday with the announcement of a complicated $8.1 million financing plan to purchase and manage “The Preserve,” a 1,000-acre swath of Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook that is the last, large, unprotected coastal forest between Boston and New York. Continue Reading →

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