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Roy Krueger, Ezra Schwartz, Robert Krueger and Noah Ackert of the Polymechs, a FIRST* Lego League team based in Redding, CT, have been studying how fracking waste may contribute to drinking water contamination. As described in the Aspectuck News, the boys have been working with Jen Siskind of Food & Water Watch as they compete with other teams that “research and develop solutions to real-world problems, contacting experts and sharing their ideas along the way. This year’s study theme is hydrodynamics and the ways we use, transport and store water.

The Polymechs decided to look into hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and interviewed Dr. James Saiers, professor of hydrology at Yale University. Their solution is an Android app built with an MIT App Inventor that would allow researchers and public officials to monitor the wells of homeowners who live near fracking wells and wastewater injection sites for possible contamination from toxic chemicals and radioactive material.”

“As part of their research, the boys [are also] helping Redding to consider passing an ordinance to ban within town limits any

disposal of wastewater from fracking — joining more than 30 Connecticut towns that have already enacted similar ordinances. Along with several area organizations, the Polymechs were co-sponsors of a public educational forum in early November to learn about the potential impacts of fracking waste.”

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Community Updates


For those concerned about the climate crisis…

Small info cards, about 3”x4”, are available in quantities of 100 and more; if interested, please contact Patrice Gillespie .


… 2018 has been named the Year of Local Action. And the Eastern CT Green Action group is leading the way. ECGA was formed by several people from towns in eastern Connecticut. Initially most people were from Mansfield; as of now, people from Andover, Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Pomfret, Scotland, Tolland, Willington and Windham are members.

With the publication of his excellent weekly newsletter CT Green News, ECGA co-founder Peter Millman is helping us Nutmeggers stay up to date on issues, events and opportunities for concerned citizens to connect with their elected officials. He has published over 50 editions of his newsletter, and would love to broaden his every Friday distribution. Just contact Peter via and benefit from his convenient digest of important news and environmentally-focused online postings.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF CT’s FALL GATHERING of clean energy task forces can be found here in our Knowledge Center’s Program Archives pages. Diane Duva (the Director of Energy Demand at DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy is pictured here) facilitating the shaping of our state’s energy future.

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Clean Energy Communities Listening Session Letter of Thanks and Follow-up

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