• Outdoor Recreation Season Apr 10

    State Parks, Forests, Campgrounds Open Today With Eased COVID Restrictions

    State parks, forests, and campgrounds will be open for the season, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes said Friday morning. Lower capacity limits that were in place will be relaxed for state parks this season, Dykes said. Capacity will instead be determined by available parking. She said the state will be expanding what’s open for the...

  • Hiking Apr 9

    The ‘Sky's the Limit' When It Comes to Exploring State Parks

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is encouraging people to get outside and explore Connecticut’s state parks and forests. DEEP is celebrating spring’s arrival by announcing locations for their annual Sky’s the Limit Challenge. The 20 trails included this year have been handpicked by the staff of the state parks system. “I personally along with a few others...

  • Hiking Apr 9

    DEEP Issues Hiking Challenge

    The DEEP is running its Sky’s the Limit Challege again this year, trying to get residents to make use of state parks and state forests.

  • coronavirus Apr 7

    Study Confirms COVID ‘Long Haulers' Face Neurological Issues Months After Infection

    The neurological symptoms of “long COVID” can linger months after an initial infection and even if the initial case of the disease was mild. Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, a Harvard physician, weighs in after 85 of 100 people in a study experienced brain fog, headaches, dizziness and other symptoms.

  • New Milford Apr 7

    Police ID Missing Hiker Found Dead at Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford

    Police have identified a missing hiker who was found dead at Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford on Sunday. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials said the people the man was hiking with last saw him hiking down from an overlook in the park and he was later found dead in Lake Lillinonah. DEEP officials identified the man…

  • New Milford Apr 5

    Missing Hiker Found Dead at Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford

    A missing hiker was found dead at Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford Sunday and Environmental Conservation Police are investigating. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials said the people the man was hiking with last saw him hiking down from an overlook in the park and he was later found dead in Lake Lillinonah. The State Office of…

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  • Groton Mar 21

    Fire Closes Bluff Point State Park in Groton

    A fire has closed a state park in Groton on Sunday. Officials with the state Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection said Bluff Point State Park is closed due to a fire. Authorities said Groton fire officials responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire before DEEP Forestry Division officials arrived. Authorities did not release additional details…

  • hiking challenge Mar 20

    DEEP Announces Hiking Challenge for Start of Spring

    The State Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a hiking challenge for the start of Spring on Saturday. The “Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge” calls participants to explore bridges, footbridges and boardwalks on 20 trails within various state parks and forests, officials said. Anyone who completes the challenge will receive a “Sky’s the Limit” hiking staff medallion...

  • Connecticut Food Waste Crisis Feb 26

    Food Waste Is Playing A Large Role In The Connecticut Waste Crisis

    With the MIRA trash facility in Hartford set to shut down in 2022, the state of Connecticut is facing a waste crisis. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, along with dozens of municipalities from across the state, met today to discuss the future of food scrap collection in Connecticut, which is playing a big role in the ongoing waste…

  • Food waste Feb 26

    Food Waste Playing a Big Role in The Connecticut Waste Crisis

    State and local officials are looking for solutions to Connecticut’s growing food waste collection issues.

  • Connecticut Audubon Society Jan 28

    Pelican Rescued From Connecticut River in Essex Improving

    A pelican in distress was rescued from the Connecticut River in Essex on Wednesday morning. A day later, it is improving and is expected to survive, according to the Connecticut Audubon Society. Officials from the Connecticut Audubon Society were notified that there was a Brown Pelican in the area. They located the bird in the water in a cove along…

  • Groton Nov 4, 2020

    Missing Person Found Dead After Search at Bluff Point Park in Groton

    The search for a missing person at Bluff Point Park in Groton has ended in tragedy. Officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the man they were searching for was found deceased and his death is believed to have been by suicide. DEEP said the man’s friends reported him missing on Friday. His vehicle...

  • danbury Sep 28, 2020

    DEEP Responds to Oil Spill in Brook in Danbury

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to an oil spill in Sympaug Brook in Danbury. DEEP officials said the spill resulted from a hose failure at a manufacturing facility owned by Stanley Engineered Fastening on Shelter Rock Lane. About 1,800 gallons of waste oil containing metals was assumed lost, and while some waste was recovered from a secondary…

  • california wildfires Sep 27, 2020

    Firefighters Return to Conn. After Battling California Wildfires

    A group of 10 firefighters from Connecticut and Massachusetts has returned home after spending the last several weeks helping to battle wildfires in northern California. The group left Connecticut on Sept. 4 and initially worked with the Hoopa Tribe on the Hoopa Valley Reservation, which is located in the northwestern part of the state. They later helped with the fire…

  • california wildfires Aug 14, 2020

    Connecticut's Interstate Fire Crew Returns from Battling California Wildfires

    A group of 10 firefighters returned to the East Coast after battling California wildfires for almost three weeks. This year’s return for the men and women of Connecticut’s Interstate Fire Crew was a little different from the typical fanfare. Instead of the balloons, they were met with temperature checks. The checks are a precautionary measure by the state’s Department...

  • water quality Aug 6, 2020

    Water Quality Concerns in Parts of Quinnebaug River After Sewage Bypass

    Environmental officials said power impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias led to a sewage bypass at a wastewater treatment facility in Plainfield, and they are advising the public to avoid contact with the affected bodies of water. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said that 150,000 gallons of only partially treated wastewater bypassed the Plainville Village wastewater treatment plant. That…

  • California Jul 24, 2020

    DEEP and Local Firefighters Being Deployed to Fight California Wildfires

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is preparing to send a 10-person group of trained wildland firefighters to help the U.S. Forest Service in fighting California wildfires. The decision comes after a request for a national wildfire response on Friday morning. The group of firefighters will deploy to the Moduc National Forest area in northeastern California, according to...

  • Inland Swim Areas Jul 24, 2020

    2 More Swimming Areas Added to 8 Opened Last Week: DEEP

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said they will open two additional swimming areas in Connecticut this weekend. Burr Pond State Park in Torrington and Mount Tom State Park in Washington Depot will be open for swimming, however, DEEP warns that lifeguards will not be present. DEEP announced the reopening of eight inland swim areas and recreation areas closed…

  • Haddam Jul 22, 2020

    DEEP Recovers Body of Teenager Who Went Missing While Helping Save Siblings

    The body of a missing 17-year-old man who went missing in the Connecticut River while trying to save his siblings was recovered Wednesday morning, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reported. DEEP did not provide any additional information about where the teenager was found. Khailon Rivers went missing just before 5 p.m. Monday after entering the water near…

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