PRESS RELEASE: Mill River sewage spill shows need for preventative action and prompt public notice across region

New Haven, CT—On Monday, July 6, a section of 30” sewer main in Hamden collapsed. Over the course of the day, as crews scrambled to divert and contain the flow, over two million gallons of raw sewage found their way into nearby storm drains and into the Mill River.

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Is New York State Giving Up on Clean Waterways for New York City?

In 2015, the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) passed new water quality standards that finally set the goal of making waterways around the city clean enough for the public to safely swim. The new regulation would have forced a significant reduction in the volume of raw untreated sewage that is currently dumped from the city directly into its waterways every time it rains. Today New York State dropped those standards from their regulations, sending us back untold years in our efforts to address insufficient sewage treatment in the city and the water pollution it creates.

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Supreme Court Decision Validates Our Clean Water Act Case and Advances a Sewage-Free Sound

In a stunning decision for nitrogen pollution—a decision that will affect Long Island Sound—the United States Supreme Court has declined to severely weaken the Clean Water Act. The municipal sewage treatment plant operator who has been polluting Maui’s coastline—joined by a chorus of industrial polluters filing amicus briefs—had argued that pollutants in sewage could be […]

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How Connecticut Law Protects Water Company Lands

A look at the role of water companies and state law in protecting open space in Connecticut, from Kat Fiedler, Save the Sound’s Peter B. Cooper Legal Fellow: When you think about land conservation, you probably think of land trusts, state forests, or municipal parks. But in Connecticut, there is another important conservation partner: drinking […]

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PRESS RELEASE: NYC’s Proposed Sewage Plan Doesn’t Protect Public Health or Environment

      For Immediate Release  March 2, 2020   Martin Hain, mhain@savethsound.org, 914-381-3140 Roger Reynolds, rreynolds@ctenvironment.org, 203-787-0646   NYC’s Proposed Sewage Plan Doesn’t Protect Public Health or Environment NY DEP’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) Recommended Plan Summary for Citywide/Open Waters Fails to Comply with the EPA’s CSO Control Policy and is not […]

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Moving in the Right Direction: Two Big Wins for Forage Fish

As we move into 2020 our members should reflect on two big victories achieved last year.  The first would be the establishment of a 12-mile no fishing buffer off of the Coast of New England that prohibits trawling for Atlantic Herring.  This management decision protected a large portion of the area outside the place where […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Energy Funds appeal gets oral argument in NYC

In late December, attorneys undertook an important milestone in our fight for the energy efficiency and clean energy funds that save you money and reduce climate emissions. Read about it in our press release below, or in the CT Law Tribune (PDF).   December 20, 2019 U.S. Court of Appeals Hears Appeal for Return of […]

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Using the L.A.W. to protect Land, Air, and Water (July legal update)

CFE/Save the Sound Senior Legal Counsel Roger Reynolds gives an update on how we’re using the law to protect your environment at this key moment: I have no doubt that in the future we will look back on this moment in time and see it as a critical one for the environment—one way or the […]

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