Science

Smart planting can save homes
10:39 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Coastal homeowners learning landscaping could help protect homes from storms

Sea walls fell and lawns collapsed in Madison after Hurricane Irene
Jan Ellen Spiegel

A year after Superstorm Sandy crashed into Connecticut's coastline, homeowners are still rebuilding and replanting. A new project is helping them make better choices about landscaping. A website, developed by Connecticut Sea Grant with the University of Connecticut can now help those owners figure out how best to protect their homes from storms and flooding.  It’s called the Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide of Long Island Sound.

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health study should be open and transparent
5:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NY Assemblywoman asks for fracking health review re-take

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Credit http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/bio/

  A Binghamton, New York Assemblywoman who is on Governor Andrew Cuomo administration's hydro fracking advisory panel is asking for a do-over of an ongoing health review. She says the secretive process has compromised public confidence. 

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Superstorm Sandy Recovery
9:07 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Despite storms, few coastal homeowners are open to buyouts

The mouth of Old Field Creek in West Haven
Jan Ellen Spiegel CT Mirror

As Connecticut continues to rebuild its shoreline after two years of tropical-style storms, the idea that some parts of the coast should not have homes on them is gaining more and more traction with federal and state officials. But local officials and homeowners – not so much.   As the CT Mirror’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, two home buyout programs have had few takers.

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Water quality
6:41 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Long Island environmental groups form clean water coalition

From left to right: Researcher Christopher Gobler, Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito and Pine Barrens Society's RIchard Ampher
Credit Charles Lane

Based on what they describe as the "worst" summer ever, several Long Island environmental groups are coordinating resources to launch a multimillion dollar advocacy campaign aimed at creating a more unified water protection plan.


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Long Island Sound lobster die-off
6:37 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Even with closure, fishermen and environmental officials not optimistic about future of lobsters

Lobsters from Long Island Sound
Credit Craig LeMoult

The closure of the lobster fishery in Long Island Sound beginning this weekend is intended to protect a small and threatened population of the crustaceans. Lobstermen and state environmental officials don't agree on what killed off the lobsters, but neither seem too optimistic about this new step making much of a difference.

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