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2008-07-30 21:00:25

By Helen Bennett Harvey By Brian McCready Milford Bureau Chief MILFORD -- State beaches bucked the national trend in closures and were open 52 percent of the time compared to 2006, state officials announced Tuesday. Officials, including several environmentalists, held a press conference at Silver Sands State Park to urge the public to continue to lobby for cleaner beaches. In 2007, Connecticut experienced 108 closures and advisories, fewer than the 224 recorded in 2006. Leah...

2008-07-30 15:00:40

By Jeff Morganteen, The Stamford Advocate, Conn. Jul. 30--Clean beaches and clear skies mean more business for Carlos Hernandez. The 38-year-old Stamford resident has owned a snack bar at Penfield Beach in Fairfield for the past seven years. This summer, he manages grills at Cove Island Park and Cummings Beach in Stamford. Last year's beach season was one of his best. But in 2006, his business was at the weather's mercy, he said. "That year, I lost the whole month of June,"...

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By David Funkhouser, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 30--Connecticut's Long Island Sound beaches had a cleaner year in 2007 than the year before, bucking a national trend, although the improvement may simply be a result of drier weather. The state ranked roughly in the middle of coastal states examined by the Natural Resources Defense Council in its 18th annual "Testing the Waters" report, which was released Tuesday. Water contamination and unsafe bacteria levels prompted swimming...

2008-07-28 03:00:24

By Iarocci, Mary Sue Nine buildings remain standing on Davids Island, but not for long. The closed military base, once Fort Slocum, an approximately 86- acre island half a mile off the coast of New Rochelle that once housed about 100 buildings, was showcased on a tour of the island June 26. Demolition, at a federal cost of $30,628,000, is expected to be completed this fall, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "The bulk of the work will be complete by December," said Jeffrey...

2008-07-28 03:00:24

By Soule, Alexander A new survey suggests six in 10 Connecticut businesses are tightening their environmental policies, up from just under half a year ago, even as a new report indicated Connecticut municipalities must double their rate of recycling to meet state goals. Nearly 120 Fairfield County companies numbered among the 475 who completed the Connecticut Business and Industry Associations second annual Sustainability/Green Business Practices Surrey, published last month....

2008-07-26 12:00:35

By David J. Lopez, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 26--Back in the water! Nassau County reopened 21 beaches to bathers Friday after closing them following heavy rains on Thursday, and Suffolk County lifted its advisory against bathing at more than 60 beaches. Health officials said they had taken the measures as a precaution because "storm-water runoff can have a negative impact by elevating bacteria levels." Seventeen Nassau beaches on the North Shore and four South Shore beaches were...

2008-07-26 12:00:35

By David Funkhouser, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 26--A warmer climate, sprawling development and gender-bending chemicals in everyday consumer goods threaten the generally improving health of Long Island Sound, according to a new report. Sound Health 2008, the annual report of the Long Island Sound Study released this week, also points to numerous success stories -- expanding shellfish and eelgrass beds, thriving striped bass and ospreys -- that are the consequence of decades of...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By New Haven Register, Conn. Jul. 25--Having joined forces in their fight to keep Broadwater Energy from building a liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound, Connecticut and New York should create a joint commission to address their environmental and energy needs, according to state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. He proposed creating a Connecticut-New York commission Thursday while attending a regional energy summit on Long Island. "The states of the Northeast,...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By Carl Macgowan, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 25--Expecting as much as 6 inches of rain in places and possible coastal erosion, Suffolk County opened its emergency command center at 5 a.m. yesterday as a summer storm rolled across Long Island. Officials from 42 municipalities and agencies such as the state Department of Transportation and the Long Island Power Authority monitored weather reports while preparing to battle the elements. But despite more than an inch of rain, and a...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By John Valenti and David J. Lopez, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 25--Heavy rains over the past two days have prompted Long Island health officials to close or advise against bathing at scores of area beaches as a precautionary measure. The Nassau County Department of Health ordered the closing of 18 North Shore beaches and four South Shore beaches, officials said. It is unclear when the beaches will be reopened. In a news release, health officials said the measure -- which affected...


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