May 20, 2015

Open space proposal to go before East Lyme selectmen

East Lyme — A Massachusetts foundation wants the town to help pay to conserve about 166 acres of forest at the headwaters of the Niantic River.  Read this article by Kim Drelich at The Day.

May 7, 2015

East Lyme, developer to sign memorandum of understanding over Oswegatchie Hills

East Lyme — Representatives for the town and Landmark Development are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding in which both would “sit at the same table” to see if they could find another land parcel in exchange for development rights in the Oswegatchie Hills.

Read  this article by Kimberly Drelich at The Day.

Video: Protecting the Niantic River

Like most coastal rivers in New England, the Niantic River has its share of charms and challenges. Among the latter are the presence of harmful bacteria and an overabundance of nitrogen and phosphorous, both of which spark algae blooms that deplete the water of oxygen and choke off aquatic habitat.

Watch this video from New England Boating to learn more.

May 4, 2015

CFE Joins Local Groups to Fight Oswegatchie Hills Development

East Lyme, Conn. – Following a meeting of the East Lyme Planning and Zoning Commission this evening, Connecticut Fund for the Environment announced it would be joining local organizations Friends of Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve and Save the River – Save the Hills in their long-running fight to stop development of a parcel of land adjacent to Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve.  Read more at Green Cities Blue Waters.

April 7, 2015

Pine Grove sewers reduce nutrients in Niantic River

East Lyme – Sewers installed in the Pine Grove neighborhood in 2008 and 2009 reduced nitrogen input into the Niantic River by 43 percent just two years after completion of the project, a U.S. Geological Survey report concludes. Read the article by Judy Benson of The Day.

You are Invited!!

The Niantic River Watershed Committee would like to invite you to a talk by John Mullaney of the U.S. Geological Survey East Hartford office on his 2005-2011 study evaluating the effects of the sewering of the Pine Grove neighborhood on nitrogen loading to the Niantic River.  The study can be found at the USGS website.

The talk will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 6 PM at the East Lyme Police Department Public Meeting Room, 278 Main Street in Niantic. There is limited parking at the police station and it is needed for official use, so please use nearby public parking lots to park.

Please RSVP by phone or email  (860-887-4163 ext. 401 or judy.rondeau@Comcast.net if you would like to attend.

Mar. 23, 2015

CFE Joins Local Groups to Fight Oswegatchie Hills Development

East Lyme, CT – Following a meeting of the East Lyme Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday evening, Connecticut Fund for the Environment announced it would be joining local organizations Friends of Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve and Save the River – Save the Hills in their long-running fight to stop development of a parcel of land adjacent to Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve. Read more here at ShorelinePlus.com.

 

Evaluation of the Effects of Sewering on Nitrogen Loads to the Niantic River, Southeastern Connecticut, 2005–11

Nitrogen concentration data were collected from 20 wells near the Niantic River Estuary, during 18 sampling periods from 2005 through 2011, as part of a study to determine changes in nitrogen concentrations and loads as a result of sewering on the Pine Grove peninsula in Niantic, Connecticut. Click here to read more or download this report from the US Geological Survey.

EPA presents new Green Infrastructure Guidance Document for Municipal Operations

Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations provides approaches that small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The document presents examples and case studies of how integrating green infrastructure methods can enhance retrofits and maintenance projects and provide other multiple community benefits.

 

Feb. 25, 2015

A storm rages over CT’s stormwater

A battle over stormwater has raged in Connecticut for months. Managing the water that flows into the thousands upon thousands of storm drains around the state — an otherwise standard municipal function — has become something close to a standoff between the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a battalion of those municipalities. Click here to read more from the CT Mirror.