International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD), taking place on Saturday September 21, is one of the world's largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves and beaches. It is a global movement that encompasses 6 million volunteers in 90 countries and across the United States.
Hear what our Partners at The Nature Conservancy has to say about trash picked up along the shores of Long Island Sound.
Please consider joining in the effort to clean up our local beaches this September. If no one has organized an event at your favorite beach, please consider becoming an organizer.Each September and October volunteers comb #LISound beaches for trash. What do they find? Mostly plastic. Seven out of the top 10 items found in local International Coastal Cleanups were plastic items (even no. 1 cigarette butts have plastic). Break the #SingleUsePlastic Habit. #DontTrashLISound. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule to implement Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule seeks to increase the transparency and efficiency of the 401 certification process and to promote the timely review of infrastructure projects while continuing to ensure that Americans have clean water for drinking and recreation.
Section 401 of the CWA gives states and authorized tribes the authority to assess potential water quality impacts of discharges from federally permitted or licensed infrastructure projects that may affect navigable waters within their borders. The EPA’s existing certification rules have not been updated in nearly 50 years and are inconsistent with the text of CWA Section 401, leading to confusion and unnecessary delays for infrastructure projects. With today’s action, EPA is proposing to modernize and clarify the timeline and scope of CWA Section 401 certification review and action to be consistent with the plain language of the CWA.
EPA will accept public comment on the proposed rule for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.
To review the proposed rule and learn more about the CWA Section 401 certification process, see: www.epa.gov/cwa-401
Public comment period begins following publication in the Federal Register; public meeting and hearing scheduled for Sept. 5-6, 2019 ... See MoreSee Less
Brownfields Informational Summit Hosted By Congressman Joe Courtney
Featuring Environmental Protection Agency Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Connecticut Brownfields Initiative NJIT Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities Program
Municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and developers are invited to attend this informational summit focused on environmental revitalization, economic redevelopment, and grant funding.
WHERE: Eastern Connecticut State University Johnson Room at the Library 83 Windham St, Willimantic, CT 06226
WHEN: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Registration begins at 9 AM. Lunch will be provided.
Brownfields 101 9:30–11 AM Intensive Session 12–1:30 PM
RSVP is required by Tuesday, August 13. Please contact Matthew Reutter at Matthew.Reutter@Mail.House.Gov or call 860-886-0139. ... See MoreSee Less
NOAA is requesting informal public input on the criteria that it will use to determine HAB and hypoxia “events of national significance” in marine and coastal waters. The proposed language and instructions for providing input are in a Federal Register notice<https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/25/2019-15820/notice-of-intent-to-develop-a-policy-for-determining-harmful-algal-bloom-hab-and-hypoxia-events-of> published this morning, and are summarized below.
The recent reauthorization of the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA)<https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/research/stressor-impacts-mitigation/habhrca/> (Public Law 115-423) requires NOAA to determine whether HAB and hypoxia events are of national significance. NOAA will use the feedback from this Federal Register solicitation to assist in developing a policy to implement this requirement.
Factors to be considered in making a determination include the toxicity of a HAB, severity of hypoxia, potential for spread, economic impact, relative size in relation to the past five occurrences, and the geographic scope. NOAA is accepting comments to inform the development of the policy for assessing these considerations and whether additional factors should be considered. The determination process optimally will include quantitative and qualitative means of assessment. The agency will publish the draft policy for formal public review and comment later this year.
EPA will publish a forthcoming Federal Register Notice regarding feedback on HABs and hypoxia in fresh waters, including the Great Lakes.
Please refer to this webpage<https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/> or the Federal Register Notice for more specific information on the elements that NOAA would like to consider, and for details about providing feedback. Comments may be provided in the following ways:
* Electronic form: Through the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science web page (coastalscience.noaa.gov/). * Email: You may submit comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. Please indicate ‘‘HAB and hypoxia event of national significance’’ in the email subject line. * Mail: Submit all written comments to Caitlin Gould at NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, SSMC–4, Rm. #8237, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘HAB and hypoxia event of national significance.” ... See MoreSee Less
The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017 (HABHRCA) provides NOAA with authority to determine that a harmful algal bloom (HAB) or hypoxia event in marine or coast...
From our Partners at ECCDCalling all Farmers! ECCD will be featuring our some of our latest agricultural BMP projects on a Farm Tour in Woodstock, CT. RSVP by August 19th to Claire: 860-779-0557 X 5275; Claire.Fekete@usda.gov Sponsored by the Windham County Food and Agricultural Council PS - yes, that includes free pie and coffee. ... See MoreSee Less