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Hartford’s Riverfront Parks Get Swamped

Apr 28, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

This time of year, as temperatures rise, so does the water in our rivers. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen recently visited the banks of the Connecticut River in Hartford to see the effects of recent spring floods.

With the record snowfall this past winter one might expect record flooding. But so far the Connecticut River in Hartford has had only minor flooding. Minor or not, the water still leaves behind a mess.

Spring Is In the Air

Apr 25, 2011

If you like these things, then spring must make your heart beat a little faster. But even those of us who would rather not spend a moment planting, weeding, smelling mulch, or standing in line at the garden store, would occasionally like to admire someone else’s garden – or just a pot of well-tended flowers. So, in honor of all gardeners, past and present, the CHS has created a small hallway display of garden-related objects from our collections.

Some In Colebrook Oppose Wind Proposal

Apr 21, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen.

The Connecticut Siting Council held a hearing today on a proposal to build wind turbines in Colebrook. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports several residents voiced their opposition to the turbines

BNE Energy is proposing to build six turbines that could be the state’s first wind farm to supply energy to the electric grid. But some Colebrook residents say their small town isn’t the place for an industrial wind farm.

D.E.P. Commissioner Goes D.E.E.P.

Apr 21, 2011
Chion Wolf

Somers Greenhouse Powers Up With Wood

Apr 21, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture gathered at a wholesale greenhouse in Connecticut, today to celebrate a federal program that funds  energy projects.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Minor Flooding Forecast On Connecticut River

Apr 15, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

The Connecticut River rose above flood stage in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts today and is expected to continue to rise Thursday. But the forecast is for minor flooding. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Lecture Series Marks 40th Anniversary Of DEP

Apr 15, 2011
Chion Wolf

Forty years ago this month the state of Connecticut created the Department of Environmental Protection. The D.E.P. is marking the occasion by launching a lecture series. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the goal is to stimulate thinking about the agency’s expanding role.

Human Traffic Signals

Apr 11, 2011
Uma Ramiah photo

For at least 20 minutes on Friday evening, no one ran a red light at the corner of Church and Chapel Streets downtown.

It may have been all those human red lights, on a mission.

“We’re here because we’ve noticed a problem in New Haven, where drivers run red lights pretty frequently,” said Juli Stupakevich (pictured), who organized a “Red Means Stop” protest at that intersection. “Red just doesn’t mean stop anymore.”

So Few Smelt

Apr 11, 2011
Flickr Creative Commons, John Loo

Migrating fish just a half-foot long once flooded coastal rivers of the northeast every spring. In recent decades, rainbow smelt populations have been declining every year, and are fading to a dim memory in many places. But not in Down East Maine. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Murray Carpenter reports that elsewhere in the region, scientists are trying to bring them back.   

Public Service of New Hampshire

The nation’s first carbon trade system, which started in the northeast, may be in trouble. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ten percent by 2018. But now, three of the ten states in the initiative are considering withdrawing, in part, because of the cost to electric ratepayers. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Amy Quinton with New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Boaters Can Help Stop Spread Of Invasive Species

Apr 8, 2011
Andres Musta

The state Department of Environmental Protection is training volunteers to educate boaters about invasive species on Candlewood Lake. Last fall the invasive zebra mussel was found in Lakes Zoar and Lillinonah. The mussel can be carried in boats from one lake to another. Eleanor Mariani of the D.E.P. says the volunteers will ask boaters to make sure they’ve cleaned their vessels if they’ve been in a lake that contains the mussel.

Meeting On Mattresses

Apr 8, 2011
Violentz, Flickr Creative Commons

Government and businesses have figured out how to recycle a lot of things such as bottles and cans, old computers and even left-over paint. But how do you recycle something that’s big, bulky and may contain bed bugs? That’s the subject of the first national meeting on mattress recycling that will be held next Monday in Hartford. 

Learning About the Problem of PCBs

Apr 8, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a series of workshops this week on the human health risks of PCBs in the Housatonic River and the different approaches to cleaning them up. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Before the mid-1970s, when polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs were deemed toxic and banned by Congress, the chemical compound was commonly used in manufacturing. General Electric used PCBs when it made electrical transformers at its former plant on the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

New Britain Busway

Apr 5, 2011

Governor Dannel Malloy has given his stamp of approval on construction of a New Britain to Hartford busway. The busway will travel along a 9.6 mile route of abandoned railroad bed, easing congestion on Interstate 84. Opponents and Supporters of the project met late last month with the Governor to offer their opinion on this controversial project.  One of those opponents is University of Connecticut Civil Engineering professor, Norman Garrick.

Governor Gives Green Light for Busway

Apr 5, 2011
Capitol Region Council of Governments

Connecticut is closer to getting its first rapid transit system. Governor Dannel Malloy announced today his support for a rapid bus project from New Britain to Hartford. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the Governor says he also wants to devote state funds to study a rail project in Waterbury.

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