NEW HAVEN - The Quinnipiac River Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, has grants available.
Also from the statement: "For the past twenty-two years, the Quinnipiac River Fund has served as Connecticut’s only permanent endowment working solely to protect and preserve the Quinnipiac River and its watersheds. Approximately $100,000 in grants is awarded each Spring from the Fund, which was established in 1990 as a result of a legal settlement between the National Resources Defense Council, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the Upjohn Corporation."
"A recent review of projects funded by the Quinnipiac River Fund shows that a new generation of chemical pollution - chiefly phthalates, endocrine disrupting chemicals and nitrogen - is making its way into the river and surrounding areas. By measuring these pollutants and tracking their effects on the ecosystem, local researchers are gathering the data needed to help create water protections for the 21st Century."
"One of the most widely used family of chemicals today, phthalates act as a softener in pipes, hoses, vinyl flooring, medical devices and many other materials. While exposure levels that pose health risks still requires further study, phthalates are the suspected culprits of increasing rates of asthma, cancer, and obesity."
On December 17, Audubon CT, a recent Quinnipiac River Fund grantee, is discussing storm recovery and resilience in the wake of Hurricane Sandy at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. The event is open to the public and runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; details are available at www.cfgnh.org.