DEEP: News Releases - 2011
News Releases - 2011
June
6/30/2011Young Eagles Gain Independence: Southern End of the Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail Re-opens July 1, 2011
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Ahlstrom Nonwovens LLC have announced the re-opening of the southern end of the popular Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail on July 1, 2011.
6/30/2011DEP Now Using Twitter and Facebook to Provide Public with Up-to-the-Minute Information on State Parks
  With great summer weather forecast for the July 4th holiday weekend, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says Connecticut’s State Parks are now taking advantage of social media to provide the public with the latest information about the parks – including the availability of parking spaces at the three major shoreline beaches.
6/29/2011Nesting Shorebirds Need Special Protection Over Fourth-of-July Weekend and throughout the Summer Beach Season
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking for the public’s help in protecting birds that nest in coastal areas, especially during the very busy summer beach season.
6/28/2011DEP Offers Free Electronic Newsletters on a Variety of Topics
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection today announced that free electronic newsletters on a variety of topics, including new newsletters for the business community and municipal officials are available at the DEP Website (www.ct.gov/dep).
6/24/2011CT Marine Law Enforcement Officials Set to Crackdown On Impaired Boaters
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announces that Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police Marine law enforcement officers will participate in Operation Dry Water and will be out in force June 24-26 looking for boaters with a Blood Alcohol Content exceeding the state limit of .08%.
6/23/2011DEP Reports That Animal Scat found on Audubon Property in Greenwich is from the Canine Family
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that DNA tests conclusively indicate a sample of animal scat found on Audubon property in Greenwich on June 12, 2011 is from the canine family (coyotes, dogs, foxes, etc) and is not from a mountain lion.
6/22/2011Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Announces Free Summer Programs
  The CT Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced FREE educational programs this summer at Kellogg Environmental Center and Osbornedale State Park in Derby.
6/20/2011DEP Commissioner Continues "Commissioner in Your Corner" With Celebration of Farmington River Resources
  Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Esty continues his monthly "Commissioner in Your Corner" sessions Monday, (July 18) with a tour of the West Branch of the Farmington River that will showcase the many benefits of this natural resource. This is rescheduled from June 23 due to forecast of rain and thundershowers.
6/20/2011CT DEP Launches Online Training for Generators of Hazardous Waste
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched a new online training course to assist businesses in meeting the initial and annual training requirements for hazardous waste generators.
6/20/2011DEP Statement on Laboratory Confirmation of Mountain Lion “scat” found in Greenwich
  The Greenwich Police Department today announced that it has received verbal confirmation that scat samples sent to a private California laboratory for analysis are from a mountain lion. The town is still awaiting final written results
6/20/2011Sounds of Summer Sing Again at Harkness!
  Bring Our Music Back, Inc. has been awarded a 5-year contract from the State of Connecticut, to produce “August Nights at Harkness . . . Music the way it was!” at the revered state landmark, Harkness Memorial State Park, located along the shoreline in Waterford, CT.
6/16/2011Keep Wild Turtles Wild
  Turtles are a common sight now that the nesting season is in full swing.
6/15/2011CT Marine Law Enforcement Officials Set to Crackdown On Impaired Boaters
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announces that Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police Marine law enforcement officers will participate in Operation Dry Water and will be out in force June 24-26 looking for boaters with a Blood Alcohol Content exceeding the state limit of .08%.
6/15/2011Connecticut EnCon Police Arrest Man for Boating Under the Influence
  Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police charged a 38-year old man with operating a personal watercraft (PWC) while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs on Friday, June 10, 2011 in the area of Lynn Deming Town Park, New Milford, on Candlewood Lake.
6/15/2011DEP Continues 2011 Year of the Turtle Activities
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Wildlife Division and the Friends of Sessions Woods, as part of the Year of the Turtle awareness campaign with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), are sponsoring a special day to celebrate turtles – Turtle Day is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, in Burlington.
6/13/2011Statement of DEP Concerning New Reports of Mountain Lion Sightings in Greenwich
  There were two reported sightings of a mountain lion this morning in Greenwich.
6/12/2011CT DEP Releases Name of Harwinton Fisherman
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the victim of a boating accident in Goshen was 81 year old Arthur Fenn of Harwinton.
6/11/2011Burr Pond State Park in Torrington Closed Due to Lack of Power
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that Burr Pond State Park in Torrington is closed due to power outages related to the severe storms that moved across Connecticut Thursday evening.
6/11/2011Harwinton Man Dies in Boating Accident
  At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011, the Connecticut Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police were notified that a fisherman from Harwinton had not returned home after leaving that morning for a day of fishing on North Goshen Reservoir, Goshen.
6/11/2011Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Announces Mountain Lion Killed on Wilbur Cross Parkway Early Saturday Morning
  At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was notified by State Police - Troop I, of a collision between a motor vehicle and a Mountain Lion Northbound in the area of Exit 55 in Milford.
6/10/2011Squantz Pond State Park Closed Due to Lack of Power
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says power outages related to the severe storms that moved across Connecticut Thursday evening have forced the closing of Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.
6/9/2011State, Local and Federal Officials Make Two Stops in New Haven
  As summer-like temperatures threatened Connecticut’s air quality, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and other federal and state officials joined New Haven school children to highlight efforts to promote clean air and energy in Connecticut.
6/8/2011DEP Investigating Sightings of Large Cat in Greenwich
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it is cooperating with the Town of Greenwich Police Department to investigate recent sightings of a large cat in the King Street area of Greenwich.
6/8/2011CT DEP Announces Free Admission to Twelve State Park Museums and Historic Sites On Saturday, June 11, 2011
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that admission to twelve state park museums and historic sites will be free on Saturday, June 11, 2011 as part of Connecticut Open House Day.
6/8/2011Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Forecasts Unhealthy Air Quality for Thursday, June 9
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to forecast unhealthy air quality for the following counties: Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London for Thursday, June 9, 2011.
6/7/2011Connecticut Governor Signs Paint Stewardship Law
  Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law the nation’s third program requiring paint manufacturers to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from households and painting contractors.
6/6/2011State Mosquito Program Kicks Off Mosquito Testing for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Viruses
  The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program is again monitoring mosquitoes for the presence of viruses that can cause illness in people including West Nile virus (WNV) and eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE).
6/6/2011Swimming Area and Boat Launch at Indian Well State Park in Shelton Reopen
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the swimming area and the boat launch at Indian Well State Park have been reopened following the successful completion of emergency repairs on the nearby Derby Dam and restoration of normal water levels in the Housatonic River.
6/3/2011Flower & Bird Exhibits, Programs and Garden Tours at the Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Museum
  There are three programs being offered in the coming weeks at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Osborne Homestead Museum and Kellogg Environmental Center, both located at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.
6/3/2011Swimming Area and Boat Launch at Indian Well State Park in Shelton to be Temporarily Closed due to Emergent Repairs on Derby Dam
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the swimming area and the boat launch at Indian Well State Park will be closed this weekend due to a draw down in water level in the Housatonic River for emergency repairs on the nearby Derby Dam.
6/1/2011Connecticut DEP Recreational Trail Use Information
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to remind trail users of rules and trail etiquette now that warmer weather is here and many people will be spending time outdoors in Connecticut’s state parks and forests.
6/1/2011CT DEP Recreational Trails Grants Program Requesting Proposals
  The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting proposals for Connecticut Recreational Trails Grants.