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Rain Barrel Update

We have received a number of requests lately regarding rain barrels. For the last three years, we have given out over 100 *FREE* rain barrels across New Haven and given dozens of demonstrations about installation of rain barrels and best practices for controlling stormwater pollution. We are very proud of this work.

Unfortunately, we are currently out of rain barrels and are unsure when we will be getting a new supply. If you contact us and let us know of your interest, we will make sure you are among the first to be notified when we are able to offer free rain barrels again to the community.

[Photo: Lucy Gellman.]

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‘Bringing In The Rain’ Stormwater Education Video

We are pleased to share this “Bringing in the Rain” stormwater management educational video:

Our sincere thanks to:

  • Anna Marshall, Save the Sound
  • Ron Walters, Regional Water Authority
  • Adam Rawlings, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
  • Doreen Abubakaar, New Haven resident
  • Gabe Benoit, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Gary Zrelak, Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority
  • Kel Youngs, Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School
  • Greater New Haven Green Fund


Enjoy and please share!

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Downsizing Donation Guide

We are very grateful to local eco-ally Elaine Piraino-Holevoet for compiling this informative “Downsizing Donation Guide” — a tremendous resource for anyone in the New Haven area looking to give away items to worthy nonprofits!

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NEW!!! ‘Zero Waste’ Guide for New Haven Area

Bioregional Group member Steve King (pictured below in Utah) has compiled a Comprehensive Guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling in the New Haven area. We are very grateful to Steve for developing this tremendous resource. Read this NY Times story about why recycling is positive and beneficial but only one part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce waste and protect the environment! Remember to practice all three R’s: REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE!









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Vision for Mill River Trail Gets a Boost

An exciting project to connect different parts of the Mill River watershed with a pedestrian linkage got a major boost recently when the State of Connecticut approved a $289,000 grant for developing two sections of the proposed Trail.


[Photo: Maria Tupper.]

The Bioregional Group has supported the Mill River Trail concept since sponsoring this 2008 walk following the river from the Whitney Museum down to New Haven Harbor. Read more about recent developments here and here.

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New Bioregional Mapping Project Takes Shape

What does it mean to be a bioregionalist? On March 19th, 2016, members of the Bioregional Group and other environmental, civic, and political organizations gathered at the First Unitarian Universalist Society at 608 Whitney Avenue, to consider that question through the lens of geography and mapping, which as Fred Cervin would say is one of the essential forms of “bioregional practice.”
Some of the definitions of bioregionalism that emerged: “Knowing our place…desire and necessity to work towards a “sustainable” way of life…rediscovering Earth as it is – interacting with complex, intelligent systems, being in relationship…creating cycles…becoming acquainted with what’s happening…building resilience.”
Specifically how do these definitions relate to the New Haven / Quinnipiac Bioregion?
Ideas that bubbled to the surface captured the beauty and the vulnerabilities of our place: “Watersheds for the three rivers of our harbor…foodsheds…destruction of wetlands and rich coastal habitat…comprehensive solid waste strategy…local businesses and local food…ecology, economics, culture of place…”
Two 24×36″ black-and-white maps were laid out on the table — one of the streets and waterways of the City of New Haven, and the other of the watersheds and topography of the New Haven-Quinnipiac Bioregion.  With these maps serving as the base layers, we overlaid them with tracing paper and began to add layers of our own experience. Bike commutes were drawn in favorite colored pens. Combined Sewage Overflow sites were plotted. Favorite hiking spots, locations of community meeting places, parks, gardens, beaches.
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Other maps were referenced, and questions filled the room. We were left with ideas for places to visit, things we want to learn more about, and how others might add their own layers to these maps. We continued to consider how we might create maps that tell stories about our experience with our place. We look forward to seeing where this takes us, and we invite you to join in the exploration.
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Bioregional Group Member Named Finalist for Prestigious Environmental Award

Domingo Medina, longtime Bioregional Group member and composter par excellence, has been selected as a finalist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s “Green Circle” Award.

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The Awards ceremony will take place on May 23 in Hartford. Read more.

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Fred Cervin Book Now Available For Online Purchase

“Earth Loyalty and Bioregional Practice: The Collected Writings of Fred Cervin” is now available for purchase online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Proceeds from book sales go to support the work of the Bioregional Group.

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Citizen Science Project Update!

Bioregional Group members Lynne Bonnett and Domingo Medina have been working this summer on a citizen science project with community partners including: Yale Peabody Museum’s Afterschool Evolutions Program, the Mercury Research Lab at John Jay College in New York City, and the New Haven Environmental Justice Network

[Yale Peabody Museum’s Afterschool Evolutions program.]

Here is an update from Lynne:

Our moss samples to measure airborne mercury went up on July 1 and came down July 21. Now they are undergoing analysis at the lab in New York City.
Why are we doing this?
1) To determine if there is a geospatial distribution of airborne mercury around the largest point source in New Haven: Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority’s sewage sludge incinerator just next to East Shore Park. Samples were taken at different distances from the incinerator along transects. We expect to observe a distance effect of mercury levels associated with the source of emission.
2) To test if this type of study can be done in urban settings such as New Haven. Given the different potential sources of mercury emissions in an urban environment, we want to see if our instrument with our methodology is sensitive enough to capture airborne mercury and if it can discern a clear spatial pattern of mercury deposition.
Our citizen scientists have been hard at work: constructing poles from PVC pipe, washing sphagnum moss, weighing and putting the moss in hairnets, tying them to poles, digging the hole and putting the pole in the ground!.
New Haven Parks department kindly let us put a pole by the softball fields at East Shore Park for more public outreach. The interns made a sign – “Why are these poles here?”
Next up, trip to NYC for a tour of John Jay College and a visit to the mercury lab where the samples are being analyzed.
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Project Limulus — More Citizen Science In Our Bioregion!

Begun in the 1990s, Project Limulus is a partnership by researchers at Sacred Heart University, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and citizen scientists, to monitor the population ecology of the eastern horseshoe crab, Limulus Polyphemus, a remarkable species of Marine Arthropod that has been around for 400 million years.

In the late spring, Limulus Polyphemus visits various locations along the Connecticut shoreline to mate. When volunteers find a crab specimen, they carry out scientific measurements and then give the crab a tag to help monitor population and habitat changes over time. Bioregional Group member Aaron Goode has been a volunteer tagger for the last two years. These photos were taken at a tagging expedition last night (June 2, 2015) at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.

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We’ll be talking more about (and hopefully seeing specimens of!) this amazing species on our CT Trails Day walk this Sunday at Sandy Point. Join us!

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