Summer Youth Program presents young people to local environmental professionals that will engage . . . . . . .
Executive Director - Mary Mushinsky directs programs and trains river guides. Mary has worked to restore rivers for 18 years. May will be guiding AWE youth on a kayak tour of the Quinnipiac River and Tidal Marsh
As a teacher I believe strongly in fostering students’ curiosity and facilitating their own natural inclination for learning. I also favor a participatory approach to the teaching of science, so that students learn by direct involvement in research from the earliest possible opportunity. I strive to serve as a role model, revealing my passion for science in order to excite the students’ own enthusiasm.
Professor Benoit’s research and teaching focus on the behavior, transport, and fate of chemicals in natural waters, soils, sediments, and biota. Two special areas of interest are nonpoint source pollutants and biogeochemistry of trace metals and radionuclides. Most of his research involves state-of-the-art analytical methods and carefully designed field sampling programs, with results verified by laboratory simulations or simple mathematical models. His research is conducted in a watershed context, and study sites include freshwater and terrestrial systems, as well as estuarine and coastal environments. Four current research emphases are the use of modern clean techniques to investigate trace metals; micronutrient limitation by Cu and Fe; spatial and temporal variability of nonpoint source pollution; and human-environment interactions in urban areas.
The Engineering Department designs and constructs community-oriented infrastructure for the City of New Haven. This work includes public outreach, project concept development, engineering design, mapping, construction management, infrastructure inspection, and asset management. Public infrastructure under the department's purview includes bridges, roads, sidewalks, drainage systems, coastal protection, street lighting capital upgrades, and public facilities.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
The City of New Haven is regulated by DEEP under the General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit). This general permit requires municipalities to take steps to keep the stormwater entering its storm sewer system clean before that stormwater enters surrounding waterbodies. The MS4 General Permit addresses water quality through six minimum control measures that the City must implement; Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement/Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, Post Construction Stormwater Management, and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping.
In June 2017, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its inaugural Environmental Leadership Program. Participants learned about the environment and their neighborhood; connected with useful resources and people; and aspired to create their own environmental projects.
Limiting the amount of potable water used for non-drinking purposes is the most important way for building owners to conserve this valuable resource. Inspired by NHS’ example, local homeowners and landlords are already beginning to incorporate some of the Lab’s water-saving strategies into their own projects. CLICK HERE
Water in Your Home and Neighborhood
- Examine the New Haven Water System
- Learn about stormwater, its impact on health, and how to manage it
- Community projects to address these issues and promote improved water quality, water conservation, and green space in your neighborhoods
Friends of Farmington Canal Trail
Pedestrian Art project
Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority