Environment

Water Safety
3:20 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Police, Coast Guard Focus On Dangers Of Drinking & Boating

Nancy Eve Cohen

This weekend police are ramping up efforts to make the public aware of the dangers of drinking and boating. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

The project is called “Operation Dry Water”. It’s a nation wide effort by the U.S. Coast Guard and environmental, state and local police. The project is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

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Pollution
1:59 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Supreme Court Rejects Global Warming Case, Affirms E.P.A.'s Responsibility

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week against Connecticut and other states who wanted the court to compel power companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports, the Supreme Court says it’s the E.P.A.’s job to regulate global warming pollution.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Are Wild Mountain Lions Back In Connecticut?

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Most people want to believe there's a breeding population of mountain lions spreading through parts of Connecticut and into New York's Hudson Valley.

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Conservation
2:51 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Environmentalists To Governor: Veto Land Swap

Nancy Eve Cohen

Several environmental groups are urging Governor Dannel Malloy to veto a bill that would swap state conservation land with a developer. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Wildlife
12:12 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

D.E.P. Says Only One Mountain Lion

Connecticut State Police

There have been two reported sightings of a mountain lion in Greenwich, made after a mountain lion was struck by a car and killed on Saturday. But state environmental officials say they don't believe there is a second big cat. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.

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Agriculture
11:49 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Griswold Farm To Showcase Research

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is hosting an open house on Thursday at its research farm in Griswold. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports scientists will showcase their work on forestry, farming and invasive species.

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Insects
11:36 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Army of Weevils Attack Invasives

Donna Ellis

The state is releasing thousands of weevils this week that feed on one of the most highly-invasive plants. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.                 

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Where We Live
11:22 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Putting Connecticut Back On The Map

Not too long ago, Connecticut had a $1 tourism budget, and we’d been taken off New England’s official tourism map. 

Well, we’re back, baby!  In a capitol press conference yesterday, Dannel Malloy - already the “jobs” governor - is now the “tourism governor,” too...launching a summer ad campaign to get people back to the state.

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Where We Live
1:44 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The Future Of Our Forests

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Energy
5:59 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Colebrook Wind Farm Approved Amidst Protests

Nancy Eve Cohen

The Connecticut Siting Council has voted to approve the second of two wind projects in Colebrook. The Council approved turbines that are shorter than the ones the company originally proposed. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports a number of protesters were there for the vote.

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Energy
3:01 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

House And Senate Approve Huge Energy Bill

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The House and Senate have passed a large energy bill designed to create a new Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the Governor is expected to sign it.

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Conservation
5:55 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Esty Still Silent On Land Swap

Nancy Eve Cohen

Connecticut’s environmental Commissioner sent a letter to three lawmakers today who asked him to weigh in on a controversial bill to swap state conservation land with a developer. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Commissioner Esty says the issue is a legislative matter.

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Conservation
11:21 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Lawmakers To Esty: Offer An Opinion On Land Swap

Nancy Eve Cohen

Three lawmakers are asking the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to weigh in on a controversial proposal to swap land in Haddam. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Conservation
11:00 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Lawmakers Ask Environmental Commissioner To Weigh In On Land Swap

About two dozen environmental groups are opposing a bill that would swap a state-owned parcel of land in Haddam with another property owned by a group of developers. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports a new amendment was proposed yesterday that would require the state’s environmental agency to review the land swap

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Natural Disaster
10:42 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Springfield In Shambles After Tornado

Nancy Eve Cohen

Tornadoes in New England aren’t common, especially ones that leave behind a lot of damage. But yesterday a series of twisters ripped through western Massachusetts, killing three people. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen  reports

Just before four in the afternoon yesterday, forty four year old Marisol Mendez was standing on her porch in the south end of Springfield when she saw a huge black cloud clamp down from above. Her first reaction? Capture it on her cell phone camera. But then she dashed inside into a closet. Her hand clutching the door knob fighting the wind:

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Food
10:38 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Delivering From The Farm To The Kitchen

Nancy Eve Cohen

There’s been a growing demand for local food. But getting the food from the farm to consumers can take a lot of time and effort. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on one business that’s trying to fill that niche.

The restaurant at the Copper Beach Inn in Ivoryton has set a big goal for itself. 90% of the food it serves this summer will be local

“Potatoes, onions, salt, everything!”

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Natural Disaster
10:24 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Clean Up Crews Get To Work In Springfield

Nancy Eve Cohen

Massachusetts Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown say they’ll advocate for federal assistance, after three tornadoes ripped through the state. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

Clean up crews have been at work, collecting debris cutting up trees and assessing damage. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the state is doing everything to get people back on their feet.

“As devastating and as disruptive this we will get through it. But folks should know they’re not alone.”

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The Sweet Stuff
9:19 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Abundant Snow Makes for a Good Maple Syrup Year

Serri Graslie/WNPR

Abnormal snowfall this winter may have made the season a pain for many Connecticut residents, but it's shaping up to be a boon for local maple syrup producers. Aea farmers have sap flows they haven't seen in years. Ron Wenzel's sugar house is a little oasis each winter. "My wife calls this my man cave; I'm up here for 10, 12 days," he says.

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Rail Corridor
4:27 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Enfield Looks to Reinvent Neighborhood with New Train Station

Serri Graslie/WNPR

Earlier this month, Connecticut received $30 million for the New Haven to Springfield rail project from the federal government. As the money starts to trickle in, WNPR is checking in with a few towns along the line to see how they're preparing. The next stop is Enfield, where one neighborhood hopes the momentum of the train will help turn around the city's fractured reputation.

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Conservation
9:08 am
Thu May 26, 2011

These Islands Are For The Birds

Nancy Eve Cohen

Beginning this week, residents are being asked to stay off two Connecticut islands. Connecticut’s environmental agency wants to allow the birds to nest, undisturbed. The public will not be allowed on Duck Island in Westbrook or on Charles Island in Milford until the beginning of September.

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Conservation
9:08 am
Thu May 26, 2011

These Islands Are For The Birds

Nancy Eve Cohen

Beginning this week residents are being asked to stay off two Connecticut islands. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Connecticut’s environmental agency wants to allow the birds to nest, undisturbed

The public will not be allowed on Duck Island in Westbrook or on Charles Island in Milford until the beginning of September.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

The Alternative Energy All-Stars

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Today's show is intended mainly to answer questions about ways you can adapt your own living space to use alternative energy sources.

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Where We Live
11:03 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Preserving the Character of Connecticut

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May is “Preservation Month” in Connecticut - and preservationists just celebrated a six-year milestone.

The wide-ranging Community Investment Act was signed into state law in 2005.  It increases investment in the areas that preservationists have shown the most concern about - open space, farmland preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing.

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Transportation
5:10 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Route 11 Study Begins... Again

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Governor Malloy announced today the state will re-start the planning process for the completion of Route 11. The highway now stops in Salem, but the original plan was to extend it to I - 95 in Waterford. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Malloy is open to putting tolls on the road.

Congressman Joe Courtney says when President Obama attended the Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London last week, he was a little late.

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Invasive Species
2:18 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

On the Lookout for a Tree-Eating Invasive

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The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect from Asia that has killed more than 50 million ash trees in the U.S. in the past decade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is setting more than 60,000 traps in 48 states, including Connecticut, to look for the beetle. 

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Commuter Rail
12:46 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State Gets $40 Million For New Haven-Springfield Rail Project

Mark Fischer Flickr Creative Commons

Connecticut has secured $40 million for its high speed rail project from New Haven to Springfield from the federal government. The money will be used to lay additional tracks.

When it comes to getting federal money, Judd Everhart with Connecticut's Department of Transportation says red tape can really slow things down.

"This grant was originally announced last year by then-governor Rell and that just gives you a sense of how long these kinds of things can take," Everhart says.

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Transit Oriented
12:25 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Urban Planners Hopeful Malloy Will Push Development Around Transit Hubs

Flickr user Payton Chung

Despite less than six months in office, Governor Dannel Malloy was a crowd favorite at Tuesday's transit forum in Hartford.

One of his fans was Floyd Lapp, director of the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency.

"Here comes another bouquet for former mayor Malloy," Lapp said.

Lapp was one of many at Tuesday's forum who said Governor Malloy’s experience rebuilding the area around Stamford's train station while mayor should serve the state well.

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Contests
11:21 am
Tue May 17, 2011

A Million Dollar Fish

Nancy Eve Cohen

The state Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with the store, Cabela's, to sponsor a fishing contest. The agency’s goal is to encourage more people to fish.

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Contests
11:21 am
Tue May 17, 2011

A Million Dollar Fish

Nancy Eve Cohen

The state Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with the store, Cabelas, to sponsor a fishing contest . WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the agency’s goal is to encourage more people to fish.

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Innovation
11:43 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Chemistry Students Get Clean Energy Grant

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Students and teachers at West Haven High School are celebrating a small grant to research renewable energy. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

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