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2019 Year in Review: The Difference We’re Making Together

There’s one great truth about our environment: it’s all connected. Streams flow from forested hills to rivers to our drinking water reservoirs or our beaches. Winds blow clean air or smog through our neighborhoods. Fish swim from the Atlantic, through Long Island Sound, and upstream to local ponds to start their life cycles anew. And […]

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People in colorful kayaks float while holding up signs that spell out "SAVE PLUM ISLAND"

PRESS RELEASE: A Reprieve for Plum Island

Preserve Plum Island Coalition Applauds Passage of Federal Legislation to Temporarily Halt Sale of Plum Island   Southold, New York – Earlier this week the United States Senate passed the FY2020 appropriations budget bill, including language already passed by the House, which defunds any Government Services Administration (GSA) activities involving the sale of Plum Island […]

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FIRST UNIFIED WATER STUDY SUMMIT HELD AT EARTHPLACE

On the cold, crisp early morning of November 14, 2019, participants in the Unified Water Study (UWS) began to arrive at Earthplace in Westport, CT, ready to drop off their scientific equipment and close out the 2019 monitoring season. Sixty-two attendees representing twenty-two monitoring groups and key study partners gathered for the 2019 UWS Summit, […]

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Artists and nature—Oswegatchie Hills provide both medium and inspiration

People flock to nature preserves for multiple reasons—exercise, fresh air, solitude, a respite from electronics. While the craggy Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve in East Lyme is popular with hikers who love winding trails through rugged terrain, around gigantic glacial boulders, and through low-lying wetlands, it also regularly draws artists and nature-lovers who revel in the […]

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Rain Garden Recap 2019

2019 Rain Garden Recap

2019 may come to be known as the year that rain gardens reached a tipping point here in Connecticut. Not only did an unprecedented number of rain gardens get planted in the New Haven area, but interest in this particular type of green infrastructure is growing across the state. CFE/Save the Sound worked with dozens […]

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Leaves…nuisance or benefit? It’s all in how you approach it.

Every year around this time, we are all enraptured by the beautiful colors that appear as our trees prepare for their winter slumber. For many, this breathtaking sight also triggers anxiety as those many-hued paratroopers descend to the ground en masse. The hours of raking, the hours bagging, the back-breaking carrying to the curb…it’s no […]

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The “Beautiful Solution” to Climate Change

Forty years ago, when CFE/Save the Sound was started, the Connecticut landscape was a beautiful patchwork of family farms. Over time, that has eroded away to just a few surviving remnants of our agricultural past. Why? There are many reasons, but among them is climate change, which is creating unpredictable and extreme weather patterns that […]

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Youth Empire Strikes Back

“Why should I go to school when my future is underwater?” “You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change.” “This is an emergency – act like it!” For young people around the globe, the earth is quite literally crumbling (or burning, or melting…) around them, and most of them do not hold the […]

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