Report warns of climate change impacts on Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report warns that much of the environmental progress made in Connecticut over the past decades could be undone by climate change.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Politicians and company executives have joined to flip the switch on the state's newest power plant.
Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit No. 5 was officially celebrated...
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Paul Bastiaanse shimmied up a 40-foot flagpole last year when part of it squished in his hand. Flagpoles, by design, shouldn't be squishy.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is stepping up on-water patrols to target boaters under the influence.
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say six people were rescued when a boat capsized on the Long Island Sound off City Island.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the boat overturned about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The...
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — An organization that electronically tracks ocean life has detected a nearly 10-foot long great white shark in Long Island Sound.
2 dead after SUV plunges into Long Island Sound
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Two people were killed when an SUV plunged into the waters of Long Island Sound after crashing through a railing at a Westchester County park.
US grant to boost shellfish beds in Long Island Sound
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The federal government has provided a $75,000 grant to advance the goal of restoring shellfish beds in Long Island Sound.
The U.S. Agriculture Grant will support work by Connecticut Sea Grant, part of a network of maritime programs at universities around the U.S.
The grant will pay for analysis of maps that show environmental conditions and human use patterns in the sound. It would include a preliminary map of potential shellfish restoration areas to help with planning.
Tornado strikes Fishers Island
NEW YORK (AP) — A low-grade tornado has struck Fishers Island, at the eastern end of the Long Island Sound.
The National Weather Service says the EF0 tornado brought winds of between 65 and 85 miles-per-hour at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. EF0 is the lowest grade.
It says the tornado started as a waterspout before moving onto shore, knocking down trees, power lines and moving some small buildings off their foundations for a 2-mile stretch before moving back offshore.
Clean energy-run boat to keep sewage from Long Island Sound
BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new boat dedicated to keeping sewage out of Long Island Sound will be running on clean energy itself.
State environmental officials on Monday are helping to launch what is billed as the world's first full-sized, solar-powered pump-out boat at a marina in Branford.
Report: Long Island Sound water quality improving
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A new environmental report says Long Island Sound's water quality is improving.
The Long Island Sound Report Card 2018 released Monday by environmental groups includes 10 years of data and an assessment of how water quality is trending in each region of the Sound. In most regions, the water quality improved.
Lawmakers, coalition fight to block sale of Plum Island
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers from New York and Connecticut have joined environmental groups in ramping up efforts to block the federal government from selling a mysterious piece of land in Long Island Sound that for years has housed a government animal disease research facility.
Recent Coast Guard Academy graduates talk life in the fleet
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A month on the job, and Ensign Dana Rohde was at the helm of a 225-foot-long, 2,000-ton seagoing buoy tender.
Rohde, 22, of Richmond Hill, Ga., a 2018 Coast Guard Academy graduate, is a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard cutter Juniper. Based in Newport, R.I., the cutter was inspecting two buoys in Long Island Sound on Wednesday.
Coast Guard: 2 hurt when boats collide off the Bronx
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two people have been injured in a boat collision in New York waters in Long Island Sound.
The Coast Guard's New York sector says Friday that it received a report of two vessels colliding near Hart Island, next to City Island in the Bronx.
Aquarium seeks to stop turtle deaths
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut aquarium is asking boaters to help avoid more turtle deaths.
The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is asking boaters on the Long Island Sound to slow down after the deaths of two sea turtles in the last month.
EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan have rescued four people from a capsized vessel in Niantic Bay in Connecticut.
Officials say watch standers from the Long Island Sound command center of the Coast Guard received a call about a 21-foot pleasure boat taking on water.
A private boat also heard the call via the VHF-FM radio channel and responded shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, taking all four people onto its boat.
3 rescued from boat that got caught in lobster trap
SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they rescued three boaters who were adrift in the Long Island Sound after their boat got caught in a lobster trap and capsized.
The Coast Guard got a report of a 20-food capsized boat with three people clinging to the hull at around 8 a.m. Friday.
Rescuers located the three people in the water north of Fishers Island and brought them on board a Coast Guard vessel.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The Coast Guard has postponed a dive to check on whether oil is leaking from a British tanker that was sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II.
Capt. Kevin Reed of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound said Wednesday that the underwater assessment of the tanker Coimbra will be put off until the spring of 2019.
Reed says the early start of the 2018 hurricane season has raised safety concerns for the operation.
Cuomo drops plan to build Long Island Sound tunnel
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has dropped a proposal to build a tunnel under Long Island Sound.
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas said Thursday they decided not to move forward with the plan to build a tunnel connecting Westchester and Long Island shores or linking New York to Connecticut.
Karas did not reveal further details as to why they are abandoning the plan.
CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Thirty chickens and a parading duck provided entertainment as patrons sipped Cacklin' rose on the shady deck of The Old Field Vineyards in Southold, Long Island, east of New York City.
Down the road in Peconic, bachelorettes and tourists clambered from limousines and buses at Pindar Vineyards, noisily filling the large outdoor deck and nearly drowning out karaoke.
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a kayaker who went missing last month has been recovered off the coast of Old Saybrook.
A spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection confirmed that the body recovered in Long Island Sound on Tuesday morning is 18-year-old William Zadrozny.
The recovery comes eight days after Zadrozny went missing while kayaking in the area. He was last seen at the mouth of the Connecticut River.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is planning to spend $15 million to upgrade the State Pier in New London for use by developers of several offshore wind projects.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a plan Tuesday that would include construction of a heavy lift pad on the pier.
He says the improvements would give developers a well-protected harbor from which to deploy equipment for the construction of wind turbines off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police in Westport are investigating after a body was found washed up on the shore.
A resident called police Friday morning in the community on Long Island Sound and reported the body on Harbor Road.
The male found at the water line has not been identified. Westport authorities were diverting traffic around the scene as they awaited the arrival of personnel from the medical examiner's office.
The Long Island Sound sector of the Coast Guard has a new commander.
Commander Kevin B. Reed was promoted to the rank of captain and assumed command of the sector. A formal ceremony took place at the sector Thursday afternoon, appointing Reed as the sector’s commander.
STAMFORD — The judge deciding a case in which an environmental group sued the Zoning Board for allowing a developer to remove the city’s only boatyard from a South End peninsula said he wants information from a state agency before he rules.
State Superior Court Judge Henry Cohn issued a memorandum this week, saying the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection must weigh in on the final plan by the developer, Building and Land Technology, to replace the boatyard it tore down in 2011.
KINGS PARK, N.Y. (AP) — New York state plans to use recycled sections of the demolished Tappan Zee Bridge to build six new artificial reefs off Long Island's North Shore.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the project Tuesday at Sunken Meadow State Park, on Long Island Sound in Suffolk County. The Democrat says the reefs will be located off the shores of Smithtown, Shinnecock, Moriches (moh-RIH'-chihs), Fire Island, Hempstead and Rockaway.
Federal court accepts Connecticut groups’ involvement in Long Island Sound dredging suit
A federal court in New York has accepted a request by several shoreline government and industry groups to file a joint brief in a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, supporting the EPA's opening of a 1.3-square-mile area in the eastern Long Island Sound as a site for disposing of silt dredged from waterways near the Sound.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney says he's working with a broad Connecticut coalition to contest a lawsuit filed by New York state opposing a federal plan to allow dredged sediments to be dumped into Long Island Sound.
GREENWICH — The Greenwich Library will kick off the celebration of Earth Month on Saturday as First Selectman Peter Tesei unveils a special proclamation and a panel of experts take on the topic of plastic pollution in Long Island Sound.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut hopes a private developer can help transform a former 1930s-era tuberculosis sanatorium for children overlooking Long Island Sound into a high-end lodge and spa, similar to those found inside national parks like Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
The winter of 2017-18 was a season of extremes.
It saw above average snowfall, record cold temperatures and periods of rain and fog.
The 36.9 inches of snow at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford was 14.4 inches above average.
With nearly two weeks of below freezing temperatures in the single numbers, Long Island Sound harbors froze and there were ice jams on the Housatonic and Connecticut Rivers.
Temperatures were near 80 degrees on Feb. 21, It was the warmest February day ever.
A group of federal and Connecticut scientists have rated the overall health of the Long Island Sound's coastal habitats in Connecticut as "fair" in a new report based on scores measuring their size, connectivity, resilience and species diversity.
Boston — Capt. Andrew Tucci was temporarily removed from his command of Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven on Monday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news release.
Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, First Coast Guard District commander, removed Tucci due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the release said.
Poulin appointed Cmdr. Kevin Reed, deputy commander of Sector Long Island Sound, to assume command of the sector.
Coast Guard captain removed from command, reassigned
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Coast Guard officials have temporarily removed a captain from a top post in Connecticut, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to command.
Trump budget again targets regional water cleanup programs
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.
Greenwich conservationists dine on shellfish from the Sound to celebrate clean water
GREENWICH — To celebrate the big strides made in improving water quality in Long Island Sound, the conservationists who gathered at the Pollinator Potluck dined on shellfish taken from the waters off Greenwich.
This year’s potluck, coordinated among Greenwich’s garden groups and other green organizations, focused on water quality. Soundkeeper Bill Lucey praised Greenwich, which has an A-plus rating on Save the Sound’s Sound Health Explorer at www.soundhealthexplorer.org.
Landmark modernist home on Long Island Sound for sale
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — As a child, Chuck Smith remembers architecture fans frequently visiting his family's home, a glass-walled masterpiece by architect Richard Meier that became a modernist landmark.
A half century after it was built, the family has put the waterfront home in Darien up for sale, and Smith is hoping for a buyer who will appreciate what he likens to living inside a sculpture.
Cuomo moving ahead with idea for Long Island Sound tunnel
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing ahead with efforts to gauge interest in building a tunnel under Long Island Sound.
The Democrat on Friday said the state Department of Transportation has issued a "request for expressions of interest" in the project. It invites input on logistics, environmental impact and costs that will be used to develop an official "request for proposals" to build the tunnel.
Days after a spill of up to 6,000 gallons of hydraulic oil in the Naugatuck River, heavy rain is expected to flush the remaining oil into Long Island Sound.
The spill happened Saturday afternoon after a frozen pipe broke at the Somers Thin Strip Company in Waterbury, spilling the oil out onto the property, pavement, soil and nearby Naugatuck River.
A federal district court judge has ruled that a lawsuit to block the potential sale of Plum Island in Long Island Sound can go forward.
"With this win, our leverage to protect the hundreds of acres of pristine dunes, bluffs, and coastal forest, and many at-risk species of wildlife on Plum Island just increased significantly," said Curt Johnson, president of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound
GREENWICH — Pollinator Potlucks, a collaboration among Greenwich garden clubs and environmental organizations, has set up its next event at the Audubon.
The dinner and discussion, “Protecting the Sound: From Your Backyard to the Shore and Beyond,” is set for 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at 613 Riversville Road. Anyone interested is invited to join the chat with Soundkeeper Bill Lucey and the Greenwich Conservation Commission.
BRIDGEPORT — A road straight to Long Island could shave commuting time and free access to jobs — but right now it’s still mostly in the realm of science fiction and fantasy.
A report released last week explores what a tunnel or bridge spanning Long Island Sound might look like, and Bridgeport, Milford and Port Chester, N.Y, are all part of the speculation.
The Long Island Sound Crossing Feasibility Study was published in December, funded with a $5 million grant from New York State.
GREENWICH — Atlantic Clam Farms of Connecticut is looking to harvest a native species of sea kelp in Long Island Sound.
The company, which cultivates hundreds of acres of Greenwich waters for shellfishing, wants to begin its kelp farm in Payea Reach — southeast of Great Captains Island and southwest of Island Beach — and offer the seaweed for human consumption and other commercial uses after an awaited approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Greenwich Shellfish Commission held a shellfish cooking event at Greenwich Point Park’s Innis Arden Cottage on Sunday.
Mill Street Bar & Table Executive Chef and Managing Partner Geoff Lazlo gave a presentation on creative cooking ideas for clams, oysters and mussels that can be found nearby in the waters of the Long Island Sound.
In so many ways, the city of Bridgeport is, and has long been, a battleground.
At last, it’s turning into a battleground where, whoever the victor, the outcome could be good for the state of Connecticut.
A generation has heard — until their eardrums numbed — of the potential of this faded industrial city on Long Island Sound, 50 some miles from the Big Apple, at the crossroads of rail, air, auto and ferry lines.
GREENWICH — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is almost done with a key part of what will eventually be the Long Island Sound Blue Plan — a state initiative to inventory the Sound’s resources and how they are used for the purpose guiding future use.
DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee has said the mapping and data collection portion of the plan is nearing an end, and maps showing ecological and human uses are in the works.
GREENWICH — Come Dec. 1, Greenwich’s dogs are allowed back at Tod’s Point until March 30, 2018, when the season ends — and this week Greenwich Police issued a statement to clear up any lingering questions about leash laws.
Lieutenant John Slusarz said this week that owners must have their dogs on leash at all times in the park, but that Connecticut regulations are specific to land: The town friends off-leash below the mean high water mark, it is only because of technicalities in the regulations.
GREENWICH — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection continues its work on the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, a marine spatial plan for the sound, with two upcoming webinars.
The public is welcome to contribute in the creation of the LIS Blue Plan, which is slated to go into effect in 2019 — offering a comprehensive map of all activity and life in the sound to ensure traditions are preserved and that wildlife is protected.