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Beach Water Quality
8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Connecticut Beaches No. 17 in Water Quality

Hakaider - Flickr Creative Commons

Connecticut's beach water quality ranks 17 out of 30 states, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

State environmental officials say those findings, like many states, are heavily dependent on weather conditions. 

"The issue in Connecticut is more of a storm runoff issue," said Dennis Schain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Shoreline
8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Connecticut Beaches No. 17 In Water Quality

Hakaider - Flickr Creative Commons

Connecticut's beach water quality ranks 17 out of 30 states, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

State environmental officials say those findings, like many states, are heavily dependent on weather conditions. 

"The issue in Connecticut is more of a storm runoff issue," said Dennis Schain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

How Parking Can Be Greener, Better Designed, & More Available

Flickr Creative Commons, taberandrew

Some of you may actually be in moving cars right now, listening to this show, but the average automobile spends 95 percent of its life parked somewhere. 

Your car might be parked at work for a while, and that big employee parking lot uses up a lot of valuable space and throws off a lot of heat on summer days.

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Sandy Recovery
1:43 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Seeking the Calm After the Storm

Paul Pfeffer

It has been a long time since Michael Gordon had fished at Silver Sands State Park in Milford.

“See that building right there,” he said looking back to what was his house until “I got kicked out …fire department.”

Back then he sought snappers, bluefish and stripers

Today he came to “Kind of decompress a little bit, I should be down here more often”

The people and the shoreline…still reconnecting eight months after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

For the CPBN Media Lab, reporting from Milford, I’m Paul Pfeffer

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Plum Island
3:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Plum Island Sale Moves Forward; Environmental Imact Questioned

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Artist Vebjørn Sand, Fincancial Expert Jody King, and Wannabees

Todd Huffman/flickr creative commons

The backyard beekeepers now include a group of kids in Connecticut. An artist paints gorgeous, impressionistic scenes of World War II, including secret Nazi meetings that took place. There's lots of buzz about his work at the Sand Gallery in New York. And there's lots of buzz about the Connecticut Wannabess—kids into beekeeping and honey. And, if you're wondering about creating a trust and estate planning, we have a CPA who explains how it works and how you can avoid a probate mess.

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News
8:42 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Connecticut Farmers To Receive State Assistance

Melanie McCue (Flickr Creative Commons)

Connecticut is offering $5 million in emergency assistance for farmers who have been hurt by severe weather.

Governor Dannel Malloy announced yesterday that the assistance may be used to repair damaged property, replant lost crops, purchase feed, apply fertilizer and perform activities needed for recovery.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky says the rough winter in early 2011, Hurricane Irene, the October snow storm, Superstorm Sandy, this year's blizzard, and recent rain have taken a toll on farmers.

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Stamford
4:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Stamford Residents Protest Bridgewater Project

Dru Nadler

Governor Dannel Malloy is going forward with plans to move Bridgewater Associates to Stamford. But some local residents have been working hard to delay that project. They expressed their opposition in a public hearing in Stamford this week.

Governor Malloy’s plan is to give the hedge fund Bridgewater more than $100 million in tax breaks to move from its current location in Westport to Stamford.

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Legislative Session
11:56 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Officials Pleased With Energy, Environmental Bills

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:16 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Lawn Gone!

Ian T. McFarland/flickr creative commons

We'll look at the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, drought-tolerant, money-saving options that will appeal to today's busy, eco-conscious homeowner. Whether you’re a beginner or expert gardener, green thumb or black, Pam Penick's Lawn Gone! provides realistic choices, achievable plans, and simple instructions for renovating your yard from start to finish.

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Shoreline
12:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Coastal Communities Adapt to Change By Razing and Raising

Mike Gambina

Click here to read more in the Connecticut Mirror and view a photo gallery of damage in Milford after Sandy. 

As the region prepares for a new hurricane season, Connecticut’s shoreline is still suffering from the devastation of previous storms. Irene and Sandy have changed the nature of coastal neighborhoods in Fairfield County.

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News
3:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Ever Wondered What It Sounds Like When A Cicada Gets Busy?

Chion Wolf

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Animals Make A Lot Of Noise, But Do They Make Music?

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Animals Make a Lot of Noise, But Do They Make Music?

News
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Lawmakers Tap Energy Funds To Balance Budget

Energy Tomorrow, Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists are giving state legislators a mixed report card for the session that's just ended. They're happy with parts of the state's new energy policy. But a raid on clean energy funds is causing major concern.

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Conservation Fund
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Lawmakers Tap Energy Funds to Balance Budget

Energy Tomorrow, Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists are giving state legislators a mixed report card for the session that's just ended. They're happy with parts of the state's new energy policy. But a raid on clean energy funds is causing major concern.

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Labeling Modified Food
5:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

In Connecticut, GMO Labeling Bill Passes, But Don't Look for Labels Right Away

Advocates for labeling genetically engineered food gather at Capitol. (May 21, 2013)
CT Senate Democrats

Connecticut lawmakers have passed a “first-in-the-nation” law, mandating the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs in food products. It’s headed to the Governor for his signature, but that doesn’t mean it goes into effect anytime soon.

Passage by the state house was the final step in a convoluted series of maneuvers that included a bipartisan agreement reached over the weekend. It requires any food meant for human consumption to have a label that says “Produced with Genetic Engineering.”

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Where We Live
11:28 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Water: The Essential but Scarce Resource

Tom Raftery (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, nearly a third of the US. is in severe drought. In places like Kansas and Texas, reservoirs and wells are actually running dry. Even here in the Northeast, where we get plenty of rain, water is still a scarce resource. The University of Connecticut already doesn’t have enough water to meet its needs, and the plans to quench its thirst have been controversial. Paul Formica is First Selectman in East Lyme, which faces water shortages every summer.

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Business
3:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Connecticut Farms Are Thriving

benketaro on Flickr Creative Common

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Where We Live
11:03 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Labeling GMOs and Toxic Chemicals in Connecticut

Masahiro Ihara, creative commons

Vegetables that are genetically modified to resist pests have become a part of our daily diet, whether we like it or not. Several states have been considering legislation that would require the labeling of GMO products, but Connecticut could be the first to pass such a law. Opponents of the bill say there’s no health risk, and a law like this would pass on higher prices to consumers.

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News
9:45 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Report: 77 Percent Of Connecticut Rivers and Streams In Fair Condition

More than half of the nation's rivers and streams are in poor condition, according to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Things aren't as bad in Connecticut. 

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Where We Live
12:46 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Roz Savage: The Environmentalist Who Rows Across Oceans

Chion Wolf

Have you ever wanted to make a big change in your life and go on a big adventure? You know, try something where you could push yourself?

Well Roz Savage did that - but the challenge she took on was bigger than most of us could even imagine. She became the first woman to row - solo - across the world’s major oceans.

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News
9:23 am
Tue April 9, 2013

State advises well water testing for arsenic and uranium

Connecticut health officials are suggesting that homeowners with private wells test their water for arsenic and uranium. Wells across the state have been found to contain dangerously high levels of those chemicals.

 Arsenic and uranium are both naturally-occurring chemicals that are common in bedrock. So in rocky New England, they’re pretty common. At acceptable levels, they’re not a problem: that’s 10 parts per billion for arsenic and 30 parts per billion for uranium.

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News
9:30 am
Tue April 2, 2013

From Blueberries To Ladyslippers, The Benefits Of A Native Garden

So, most of the snow has melted. The day are longer and warmer. And you may be starting to think about your garden.

Anne Rowlands, co-publisher of Connecticut Gardener magazine talks with WNPR's Ray Hardman about early season gardening tips and the benefits of of a native garden.

"The little bugs that feed on the native plants are the ones that feed your birds; that feed their babies," Rowlands said.

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Mystic Aquarium
12:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

No Flipper? No Problem!

Mystic Aquarium

An 8-month-old harbor seal pup has successfully recovered from a flipper amputation and is now on view at Mystic Aquarium.

She's called Pup 49, and when she came to Mystic Aquarium last summer she was in pretty bad shape.

"Pup 49 was very thin, she came in with a respiratory infection and she had lots of wounds all over her body, but very severe wounds on her rear flippers," said Mystic Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle. She added that the wounds got very infected over time.

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Where We Live
10:36 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Pipelines

Chion Wolf

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has given the go-ahead to the revised Keystone XL pipeline route. That project has been the subject of intense debate since it was first proposed in 2008. And now its fate is up to President Barack Obama.

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Where We Live
11:25 am
Thu January 24, 2013

A Look at Connecticut's Green Energy Programs

Chion Wolf

In his second inaugural address Monday, President Obama addressed the nation on the need for clean and renewable energy, but he might as well have been talking about Connecticut.

Each state has developed its own plan to harness wind, solar, hydro and geothermal power. And by most indicies Connecticut ranks in the bottom half of the states in terms of renewable energy -- far behind our neighbor Massachusetts.

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Where We Live
10:48 am
Tue November 20, 2012

The Greening of Connecticut Brownfields

nitram242

Connecticut’s industrial history means that we have hundreds of  abandoned sites, or ”brownfields,” whose clean-up could provide economic opportunity and take away the pressures to develop “greener” land.

Successful clean-ups like the Brass Mill Center Mall in Berger’s hometown created new jobs, revitalized a park, and spurred new development. 

But, with hundreds of these sites still contaminated and left unused - there’s a long way to go.

Lack of funds, risk of liability, and unwieldy bureaucracy makes developing brownfields difficult.

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Trees
8:38 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Connecticut State Task Force: Municipalities Should Do More Tree Maintenance and Care

Courtesy State Vegetation Management Task Force

A report on how to manage the trees alongside Connecticut's roads is expected to be released this week.

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