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.

Feb. 10, 2015

Malloy sponsors ‘Blue Plan’ legislation to protect the future use of Long Island Sound

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday proposed a plan to compile an inventory of the natural and human resources of Long Island Sound, and use that information to guide decisions on uses of the estuary’s waters and submerged lands.  Read this article by Judy Benson of The Day.

EPA’s National Estuary Program releases two documents to assist municipalities in paying and planning for green infrastructure

EPA’s National Estuary Program releases two documents to assist municipalities in paying and planning for green infrastructure.

Coastal Stormwater Management through Green Infrastructure: A Handbook for Municipalities is designed to assist coastal municipalities within the Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay areas to incorporate green infrastructure into their stormwater management planning. The Handbook can also be applied more broadly by municipal infrastructure and resource managers located in other States. The document presents the following process for green infrastructure planning: 1) watershed assessment, 2) site identification and prioritization, 3) site planning, 4) selecting appropriate green infrastructure practices, 5) developing conceptual plans, and 6) effective plan review.

Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers summarizes various funding sources that can be used to support stormwater management programs or finance individual projects. Each type of funding source is illustrated by several municipal programs and contains a list of additional resources. A comparative matrix is included which describes the advantages and disadvantages of the various funding sources.

For more information on other National Estuary Programs, go to http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/nep/resources.cfm

For more information on Green Infrastructure, go to http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/index.cfm

CT DEEP approves new Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Program Plan

U.S. EPA recently approved DEEP’s Connecticut NPS Management Program Plan which is required as part of the Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Management Program. Common NPS pollutants include: pathogens, nutrients, sediment, salt, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, pesticides and debris. These are typically carried by stormwater runoff into nearby streams, lakes, and estuaries from diffuse land use activities. Potential sources include: unregulated runoff from impervious surfaces and developed land, agricultural runoff, waste from domestic animals and wildlife, malfunctioning septic systems, landscape maintenance activities, marinas and boating, atmospheric deposition, and hydrologic and habitat modification.

Municipalities and businesses are encouraged to review elements of the plan, especially the tables listing actions and milestones, to identify ways to work collaboratively with DEEP to restore and protect affected waters.

To learn more about CT DEEP’s NPS Program visit http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325588&deepNav_GID=1654.

To read and/or download a copy of the NPS plan go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/water/nps/planupdate/ct_nps_plan_final.pdf.