Environment

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Would Town-Controlled Power Grids Get the Lights On Faster?

Flickr Creative Commons, Steve Snodgrass

Jewett City, a community of 2.5 square miles in southeastern Connecticut, has its own power company, owned by the town. There are seven non-profit companies like this in the state. They're small, which means they can coordinate closely with other branches of government. Heck, they can coordinate with branches on trees.

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Trees
11:22 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Connecticut and Trees: Is the Love Affair Over?

Harriet Jones

Most storm clouds have a silver lining, and the freak October snowfall was no exception. Connecticut’s tree companies have work ahead of them for many, many months. 

In Vernon, Sue Peterson is surveying the scene of devastation in her front yard.

“It was huge Norway maple. Huge, huge tree.”

She was in the dark after her power failed on the Saturday night of the storm.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Day Ten Without Power

Tucker Ives

CL&P said they’d have power back on by Sunday night - but none of us - including Governor Malloy - were surprised when that didn’t happen. Now, Malloy is one of many state officials launching an investigation into the power company’s response. He’s hired former FEMA director James Lee Witt to oversee the investigation, which is due December 1.

The Courant’s Chris Keating still doesnt have power in Simsbury and we want to hear from you. How’s it looking in your town? We’ll have an update with Keating on power outages, lawsuits, investigations.

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Where We Live
10:12 am
Mon November 7, 2011

West Hartford Center

conbon33, creative commons

Donald Poland’s research focuses on the remaking of urban spaces, and he’s using West Hartford Center as a case study.

Poland argues that this type of space is not “explained” by current studies of urban areas - which focus instead on big cities and metro areas.

Today - where we live - we’ll explore West Hartford Center which he describes as both “resilient and mundane.”

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Still In The Dark

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy deployed the troops six days after the snowstorm that tore down powerlines and left millions of Northeast residents in the dark.

Still, as of this morning, 300 thousand customers are without power in Connecticut - making the state the slowest to respond.  

Some residents in the hardest-hit areas are forming “vigilante” tree crews to clear debris - something that CL&P officials say could be dangerous.  

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Weather
5:28 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

After Storms, Middletown Arboretum Takes A Hit

The Colin McEnroe Show
10:30 am
Mon October 31, 2011

The October Snowstorm For The Record Books

Chion Wolf

The freak October storm that hit the state this weekend caused more power outages than Hurricane Irene. And, for people in many parts of the state, it could be at least a week until they get their power back. Transmission lines are out to the Northwest corner of the state - where many towns are 100 percent out. Many state schools are closed - power is out to businesses, and hundreds of roads are either closed or barely passable because of downed trees and lines.

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Where We Live
10:03 am
Fri October 28, 2011

From The DEP To The EPA

Chion Wolf

The federal EPA is under attack. From Republican lawmakers and some businesses who say their regulations choke off commerce...and from some environmentalists who think they haven’t been forceful enough in safeguarding our air, water and land.

Our recent program looked at several bills, passed in the House, that would weaken the EPA’s regulatory authority. Some Midwest states are challenging new rules going into effect in January that would force them to reduce harmful emissions that float downwind into our airspace.

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Animal Transport
11:54 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Beluga Whale Travels on Fed Ex Plane to Connecticut

Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium By Keith Pamper

Partnerships are common at zoos and aquariums for breeding programs but what does it take to transfer animals across the country safely?  Especially if the animal you're talking about is a 2100 pound beluga whale?

Kristine Magao, Supervisor of Belugas, at Mystic Aquarium spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about the recent journey of Naluark, a male beluga whale who came to Mystic from Chicago's John G Shedd Aquarium.

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Where We Live
10:48 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Examining Environmental Regulations

thoth, creative commons

The EPA has been criticized for being both “regulators gone wild” and “regulators gone missing.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has been the target of legislation passed in recent weeks by the Republican-led House.  The bills aim to gut existing regulations - while forcing the agency to examine the economic impact of the work it does.  This movement the heart of a new book by Richard Trzupek about how many Republicans think the EPA kills jobs.

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Environment
10:19 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Deb Heinrich

creative commons

Our recent conversation with Robert Egger, the social enterprise pioneer, got us thinking more about the role of non-profits in the state.  In fact, he thinks Connecticut has a leg up in the way it thinks about the non-profit sector, having appointed Deb Heinrich, a former state lawmaker, to the job as “liason” earlier this year.  We sat down earlier this week with Heinrich to talk about “social enterprise” and the scope of her work for Governor Malloy.

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Gazing
1:39 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Morning Edition: Hunting For Planets

Yow Wray (Flickr Creative Commons)

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Where We Live
11:35 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Gone Fly Fishin'

Tucker Ives

Connecticut attracts people from all over the country for one of its natural resources: the Farmington River.

The reason people come to this river is for fly fishing.

Every day, you see them: The men and increasingly, the women, who stand - silently - in the middle of the river in their waders and vests, constantly casting in hopes of the perfect catch.

But what makes the Farmington River so ideal for anglers?

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Tourism
7:45 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Vermont to Connecticut Tourists: We're Open for Business

Nancy Eve Cohen

Vermont is a big tourist destination for people in Connecticut who enjoy the outdoors.  As the foliage season begins Vermont’s Office of Tourism says most of the state has recovered from Tropical Storm Irene and is "open for business". WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Where We Wonder: Scientific Literacy in the 21st Century

Ryan Wick (Flickr Creative Commons)

In a world where everything we do seems tied to science and technology, a quote like this is pretty scary:

Leon Botstein, the president of leading liberal arts college Bard, told the New York Times:

“The most terrifying problem in American university education is the profound lack of scientific literacy for the people we give diplomas to who are not scientists or engineers,”

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Education
10:23 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Technical High School Builds Lab For Green Trades

Nancy Eve Cohen

Connecticut’s Technical High School System is building energy-efficient buildings that will serve as laboratories for students to learn about green technology. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the first one opened this week

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Weather
9:07 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Initial Shock Of Irene Is Waning, But Emotions Still Raw In Vermont

Nancy Eve Cohen

About three weeks after Irene hit people in some areas of Vermont have been living without phone service, impassable roads and a scarred landscape.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports some Vermont residents are worn out physically and emotionally.

The Rock River in South Newfane flows through the back yard of Maureen Albert-Piascik. She says when Irene hit the river started to crest and she evacuated.

"it just went up so fast. The river was just so high the next thing I knew my house was surrounded by water." 

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Weather
6:53 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Irene Took A Swipe At Hammonasset Beach State Park

The impact of Tropical Storm Irene is still being felt in some locations, including state parks. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Hammonasset Beach State Park sustained a lot of damage.

The preliminary estimate for the cost of repairing damage at all of the state parks is about $10 million. $7 million of that is just at Hammonasset where some of the dunes were blown away and old cedar trees at the campground took a hit.  Environmental Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette says the storm surge did the most damage at West Beach.

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Pollution
6:30 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

EPA To Discuss Housatonic Clean Up With Massachusetts, Connecticut

Nancy Eve Cohen

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency has decided to meet with biologists from the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts to discuss the clean up plan for the Housatonic River. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the meetings will delay the release of EPA’s clean-up proposal.

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Weather
4:15 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Flooding Causes Sewage To Overflow

Nancy Eve Cohen

Heavy rains today have brought some flooding in urban areas across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports in a few places the sewage system has been affected.

In Connecticut the ground is saturated and there’s still a lot of debris left over from Tropical Storm Irene, clogging up storm drains. That means there aren’t a lot of places for storm water to go. Dennis Greci with Connecticut’s environmental agency says in some cases flooded streets have drained into the sewage system and overflowed.

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Irene Recovery
6:13 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

FEMA Assistance Centers Open Around Connecticut After Tropical Storm Irene

Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video

It's been a little more than a week since Tropical Storm Irene blew through Connecticut causing widespread damage and power outages. On Thursday, FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open across the state to respond to homeowners and businesses affected by the storm.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Scott Divico of the State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. He says it's important for residents and business owners to register first with FEMA. The number is 1-800-621-3362 or www.disasterassistance.gov

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Disaster Preparedness Part II

Flickr Creative Commons, Rhys Asplundh

So. Bought your generator yet? During the long power outage, everybody, it seemed, became a preparedness expert, if not an out and out survivalist. But it's a mentality you might find hard to hold on to. You have to buy food you're NOT going to eat right away.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Still Recovering From Irene

Chion Wolf

Five days ago, Tropical Storm Irene battered Connecticut and put nearly a million utility customers in the dark.

Still, Governor Dannel Malloy says the biggest issue facing the state is “power, power, power, power.”

Homes from Bristol to East Haven have been destroyed by flooding. Outages have pushed back school openings by more than a week in some districts.

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Weather
8:48 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Washed Out Roads, Bridges Leave Some Vermonters Stranded

Nancy Eve Cohen

In Connecticut losing power has been a big problem post Irene. In Vermont people have had a hard time getting around. About 65 roads are closed there and dozens of bridges are out . WNPR’s Nancy Cohen took a road trip in the southern part of the state and found some people are still stuck at home.

On route 112 in Halifax a stretch of road is missing. The asphalt has caved into the North River. A guard rail  is under water.  But  despite the conditions Brianna Inman is heading northwest to Whitingham

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Weather
3:48 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Flooding In Glastonbury, Wrong Time Of Year

Weather
7:43 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Vermont Town Devastated By Irene Is Moving Forward

Nancy Eve Cohen

In Wilmington Vermont the town is picking up after  the devastating floods of Tropical Storm Irene.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Just outside of the village center the remains of an antique shop sit on the side of the road. Only the roof is left.

"It came all the way from around that corner about a quarter of a mile."

Steve Amidon and his crew from  Furlon Construction are taking the building apart.

“Oh this one’s pretty heavy! Just cleaning up the mess! That’s all we’ve been doing since the water went down.”

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Irene Recovery
5:39 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Malloy Tours Irene Ravaged Areas

Nearly half a million Connecticut residents and businesses are still without power after Hurricane Irene. Governor Dannel Malloy took a tour of storm affected parts of the state Tuesday.

Stopping at a hurricane ravaged beachfront community in Fairfield, Governor Malloy asked for patience in the face of continued outages.

"Energy is going be the big issue, and it's going to be the big issues for the next 7 days. That's a reality."

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Weather
5:14 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

The Lights Are On In Jewett City

Sandy Recovery
3:48 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Bristol Cleans Up From Irene

Lucy Nalpathanchil

Many expected Tropical Storm Irene to heavily damage Connecticut's coast, but the central part of the state also saw damage after rivers and streams flooded there. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports from Bristol where some residents had to be evacuated from their homes.

The Forestville neighborhood saw extensive flooding, it sits right above the Pequabuck River on the east side of Bristol.

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Weather
11:31 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Flooding More A Problem Than Wind In Western Massachusetts

Nancy Eve Cohen

Although some people may have found Irene’s punch to be weaker than they had expected, others say it was more than enough. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on evacuations on the Westfield River in western Massachusetts.

About midday, officials in Chester heard of a possible breach at a dam upstream of town That was enough to evacuate about 50 people there who lived close to the Westfield River.  Further downstream, in Huntington and in Westfield more were evacuated.

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