Where children suffer from lead poisoning in Connecticut

The higher the amount of poverty in a town, the greater the chance a child will be exposed to lead poisoning.

There was also a very high correlation between the number of children who tested positive for high levels of lead in their bloodstreams per town with those living in renter-occupied homes and towns with many minorities.

Low-income renters haven’t benefited from free weatherization programs

Every month on your electric or gas bill, you will notice a surcharge called the ‘Combined Public Benefits Charge.’ A part of this surcharge pays for programs to encourage and subsidize weatherizing homes around the state. But, according to the most recent data, not everyone who needs these services takes advantage of them.

Shoreline change per year in CT

Data collected since 1880 from sites along the shoreline generally show a higher rate of annual shoreline loss in the eastern part of Long Island Sound than in the western part, where there’s an overall increase in the shoreline. But much of that — particularly in New Haven and Bridgeport — is the result of man-made development – the filling in of waterfront areas to increase land mass. In the short term, from 1983 to 2006, the state’s shoreline has changed more quickly, and there’s been a loss of land. (Graphic made with Jan Ellen Spiegel.)