DEEP: News Releases - 2012
News Releases - 2012
March
3/30/2012Southern End of the Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail
  The Connecticut Department of Energy Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the southern end of the popular Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail will be closed until July 1, 2012, to protect a pair of nesting bald eagles.
3/29/2012Rehabilitated Golden Eagle with Transmitter Makes Return Trip to Connecticut
  A golden eagle that was rehabilitated, fitted with a solar-powered transmitter, and released in northwest Connecticut in March 2011, was recently located back in the same area where it was originally found.
3/29/2012DEEP Commissioner Bringing “Commissioner in Your Corner” to Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery, Central Village
  Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Esty is bringing his “Commissioner in Your Corner” series to the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery in Central Village at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
3/28/20122012 is the Year of the Lizard
  2012 has been proclaimed the Year of the Lizard by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) to raise awareness for lizard conservation. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), a member of PARC since 1999, is participating in this outreach effort by shining a spotlight on Connecticut’s only native lizard, the five-lined skink.
3/28/2012CT DEEP Presents The Wonderful World of Lichens
  Naugatuck Valley Audubon and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host an introductory lecture entitled The Wonderful World of Lichens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by Barbara and Peter Rzasa at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, Connecticut. Participants attending the workshop will learn to recognize different lichen forms and structures, their ecology, habitat requirements and ancient and modern uses.
3/27/2012Statement of DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty on
  Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today issued the following statement concerning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release of first-ever national standards to cover greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new fossil fuel fired power plants (also known as New Source Performance Standards)
3/27/2012DEEP Reminds State Residents of Spring Fire Danger – Forest Fire Danger Level is Very High
  As firefighters battle a large brush fire that is threatening two homes near Devils Hopyard State Park, East Haddam, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today reminded residents that the Forest Fire Danger Level is currently VERY HIGH and that weather conditions will cause any brush fires to spread rapidly. With this fire danger, open burning of brush is NOT allowed – even if a resident has a permit from the local open burning official.
3/26/2012PURA Issues Draft Decision Approving Settlement Agreement for NU/NSTAR Merger
  The Connecticut Public Utilities Authority (PURA) today issued a draft decision in which it approved a settlement agreement that allows for the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities (NU) and NSTAR.
3/26/2012Statement of DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty Concerning PURA Draft Decision on Proposed NU/NSTAR Merger
  DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty today issued the following statement concerning the PURA Draft Decision on the Proposed NU/NSTAR Merger
3/22/2012DEEP Forming Task Force on Tree Maintenance Along Power Lines
  Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Thursday that his agency is forming a special task force to examine issues regarding the maintenance of trees along the state’s electrical power lines and to recommend clear and consistent polices for dealing with them.
3/21/2012DEEP Reminds State Residents of Spring Fire Season
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today is reminding all state residents and visitors that Connecticut traditionally experiences high forest fire danger in the Spring from mid-March through May. Fires that start this time of the year tend to burn leaves on the ground and can spread very fast. The spring fire season persists until bare trees fully leaf out, normally by mid-May.
3/21/2012DEEP and Beardsley Zoo Sponsoring Amnesty Day for Prohibited Exotic Animals
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in cooperation with Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport will hold an Exotic Animal Amnesty Day at the zoo on March 31 to provide a convenient, safe, and “no questions asked” way for people to surrender exotic animals that are now illegal to own in Connecticut
3/20/2012CT DEEP Announces the 2012 Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced the 2012 Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint, a Connecticut adventure to introduce families to the outdoors, build the next generation of environmental stewards and showcase Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests over four weeks this spring.
3/13/2012Governor Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Katz Announce Agreement with Northeast Utilities and NSTAR
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today announced an agreement with Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR that guarantees substantial benefits to Connecticut residents from the proposed merger of the two utility companies.
3/13/2012DEEP Announces Municipal Inland Wetland Commissioners Training Program
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Segment 1 of the Municipal Inland Wetland Commissioners Training Program is now available as a multi-media on-line course.
3/8/2012DEEP Announces New Round of Open Space Grants Funding for Municipalities, Land Conservation Groups
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that funds are available to assist cities and towns and land conservation organizations with the purchase and preservation of open space lands through the state of Connecticut’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program.
3/8/2012Spring Vacation Weeks at Dinosaur State Park
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will sponsor a series of programs for families during April school vacation weeks.
3/7/2012DEEP Says Legislation Needed to End UST Program
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says the time has come to transition from a taxpayer only-funded cleanup program for discharges from underground fuel tanks to one that puts financial responsibility where it rightfully belongs - on private industry.
3/7/2012Dinosaur State Park Sponsors Dinosaur Egg Hunt
  The Friends of Dinosaur State Park and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will sponsor a dinosaur egg hunt at 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 for children ages 2-12.
3/6/2012Commissioner Daniel C. Esty Today Issued the Following Statement Concerning the Appointment of Katie M. Scharf as Acting Deputy Commissioner for Energy
  Katie Scharf Dykes has joined DEEP as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for Energy. Katie comes to us from Washington where she has been serving as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Prior to that, she served as Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.
3/6/2012Naugatuck Valley Audubon, Audubon CT and DEEP Presents Fieldcraft for Birders
  Naugatuck Valley Audubon, Audubon CT and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will host a program entitled Fieldcraft for Birders. The program will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.
3/6/2012Invasive Plants Council Releases Annual Report
  Connecticut’s Invasive Plants Council has released its Annual Report, highlighting many actions undertaken during 2011 to address problems caused by invasive plants.
3/5/2012CT DEEP Announces Public Information Meeting for the Proposed Renovation of the Lake Lillinonah State Boat Launch in Bridgewater
  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that a public information meeting or “open house” is scheduled from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 to inform interested parties about the proposed renovation of the state boat launch located on Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater.