News Releases - 2022
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DEEP Actively Seeking Lifeguards for 2022 Summer Season
(HARTFORD, CT) – Leadership. Responsibility. Camaraderie. Fitness. Fun. Life skills and friendships to last a lifetime and important resume-building qualities attractive to any future employer. Increased starting salary and paid training and certifications. These are just some of the opportunities that await those who are interested in becoming lifeguards with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)’s State Parks Division!
Connecticut DPH Issues Advisory For Fish Caught In The Hockanum River
HARTFORD, Conn.--The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today are issuing a consumption advisory for fish caught in the Hockanum River. This consumption advisory is based on elevated levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in fish tissue samples collected from the Hockanum River in Vernon.
DEEP Encourages Residents to Celebrate Spring Fishing Day April 9
(HARTFORD)— The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) encourages residents to get out and celebrate “Spring Fishing Day” this Saturday, April 9, by going fishing or joining the DEEP Fisheries Division at a fish stocking event happening at selected Trout Parks around the state.
DEEP Resumes Non-Resident Fee Collection at Certain State Parks
(HARTFORD)—The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is resuming its remote non-resident parking fee system at some state parks beginning Friday, April 1st, and will resume in-person non-resident parking fee collection at several state parks beginning Memorial Day Weekend.
Ongoing Multi-Agency Response to Putnam Oil Spill
(HARTFORD)— A multi-agency response and investigation into an oil spill in Putnam that was reported on March 21 remains ongoing.
DEEP Reminds Residents To Be Bear Aware
(HARTFORD)—Early spring is the time of year in which black bear activity increases as bears come out of their winter period of rest. As such, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to take steps to reduce encounters and potential conflicts with bears.
DEEP Announces 2022 Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge
(HARTFORD)— Are you ready for an outdoor adventure exploring CT State Parks? Curious to discover some best kept secrets and build your awareness of CT’s history, nature, or landscapes? The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) State Parks and Public Outreach Division is thrilled to announce this year’s The Sky’s The Limit (“STL”) Hiking Challenge!
DEEP to Conduct Prescribed Burns at Matianuck Natural Area Preserve, Suffield Wildlife Management Area, and Machimoodus State Park
(HARTFORD)—The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to conduct prescribed burns at three locations this spring, weather and conditions permitting. The areas include Matianuck Natural Area Preserve (NAP) in Windsor, Suffield Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Suffield, and Machimoodus State Park in East Haddam.
DEEP Announces the Winners of the 2022 Youth Fishing Passport Fishing Challenge
(HARTFORD)— The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is pleased to announce the winners of the Youth Fishing Passport Fishing Challenge. Noah Savin (Middlebury) landed 17 of the 21 species, while Emmett Dougherty (Coventry) caught 16, Kiera Mullen (Coventry) 14, and Zakk Wallace (Stratford) 13. Each receive a prize pack with a fishing rod and reel, tackle; the Freshwater Fishes of CT and Lakes and Ponds of Connecticut books; and a Fish CT hat.
New Inland Fishing Regulations Being Proposed
(HARTFORD)—DEEP’s Fisheries Division is proposing to amend inland regulations concerning angler access in easement areas; fishing methods, creel and possession limits (culling, catch-and-release) and gear types (cast nets); closed fishing seasons, harvest regulations for certain species (trout, Kokanee Salmon), and Trout Management Lakes (one new waterbody added to list. Several minor and technical changes, corrections and updates are also made.
DEEP Now Hiring 2022 Seasonal Staff
(HARTFORD)—Looking for a fun job in the outdoors this year? The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) invites you to apply to join our seasonal workforce!
City of Meriden’s Food Scrap Co-Collection Pilot Reducing Waste
(HARTFORD)— The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the City of Meriden today celebrated the successful launch of “Making Meriden Green,” a first-of-its-kind municipal food scrap co-collection pilot program that the city kicked off last month.
DEEP Releases Report On Public Health and Air Quality Benefits of Reducing Pollution from Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks
(HARTFORD)— The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today the release of a report issued under Gov. Lamont’s Executive Order 21-3 finding that Connecticut can significantly improve air quality and public health by adopting new emission standards for medium and heavy-duty (MHD) vehicles offered for sale in Connecticut beginning in 2026.
DEEP Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Boating in Cold Water
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) reminds all boaters that even as air temperatures rise this spring, water temperatures take much longer to warm up and immersion in cold water presents substantial danger to recreational boaters.
Visitor Center at Dinosaur State Park Undergoes Much Needed Infrastructure Update
(HARTFORD) – Starting Tuesday, March 1, 2022 through September 1, 2022, the Visitor Center at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will be closed to undergo much needed infrastructure modernization with a complete replacement of its heating and air conditioning system. This infrastructure project is just one example of the myriad needs within Connecticut’s State Park system. Once the overhaul of this antiquated HVAC system is completed around summer’s end, the Visitor Center will re-open for indoor public visits and viewing of the trackway of dinosaur footprints.