Conn. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Alison Freeland / WSHU

Efforts to restore Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River watershed have been largely unsuccessful. The once abundant fish are now rare. But recently Steve Gephard, supervising fisheries biologist with Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Projection, found evidence of wild salmon spawning in a Connecticut river.

The news is a reminder of the hardiness of the species, but also of what we’ve lost.

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Connecticut wildlife officials said they have euthanized a bear that approached a hiker in Burlington last week. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 44,000 people signed two online petitions protesting the euthanization.

Conn. community tries recycling food waste

Jul 31, 2014
Jan Ellen Spiegel

Connecticut has struggled for years to cut its amount of trash by increasing recycling. It turns out food waste and other organics account for the single biggest category of trash and about a third of the waste stream. Finding new ways to deal with food waste has been a slow go – but that might be changing.

(Read Jan Ellen Spiegel's story in the Connecticut Mirror on the the composting pilot here).

Jessica Hill / A.P.

Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy, several Northeastern states, including Connecticut and New York, are receiving $4.7 million in federal money to track down and remove debris, including boat remains, docks, and construction material.  The grants were awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Conn. report says greenhouses gasses reduced

Jun 6, 2014

Connecticut has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions over the past two decades. That’s according to a new report from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which shows emissions levels were lower in 2010 than they’ve been since 1990.