Environment

VTDigger publishes stories about Vermont environmental issues, including water quality, toxic waste, climate change and biodiversity. Our environmental reporter is Mike Polhamus. He can be reached at [email protected]

Vermont Folklife Center Portraits in Action: Beth Sachs

This is the seventh in a series from the recent Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning.

State pays for Bennington water line design as company balks

The state will pay $2 million for the final design of extended water lines to serve an area with wells contaminated by PFOA. Talks with the company that’s blamed for the pollution have stalled.

Justices back forestry officials in tax fight with timber company

The court, in deciding the company logged too much to qualify for a tax break based on the current use of its forestland, says the overcutting could prove costly.

UVM researcher’s work could provide salvation for bee species

The rusty patched bumble bee is being considered for federal protection through the Endangered Species Act, thanks in large part to postdoctoral research assistant Leif Richardson.

Vermont Folklife Center Portraits in Action: David Marvin

This is the sixth in a series from the recent Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning.

State ag agency files rules for small farms with Legislature

The rules follow new maximum limits on agricultural pollutants that the federal government will permit Vermont farms to emit into the Lake Champlain watershed.

Vermont Folklife Center Portraits in Action: Bob Klein

This is the fifth in a series from the recent Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning.

Bennington wastewater treatment plant sees multiple discharge violations

Editor’s note: This article by Edward Damon was first published in the Bennington Banner on Sept. 16, 2016. BENNINGTON — Short-term fixes to stop smells and compliance issues at the aging wastewater treatment plant are underway, but a long-term solution could cost millions and lead to higher fees. A state order requires the town come […]

Randolph dam removed for benefit of fish

Taking out the dam opens nearly 100 miles of upstream habitat to migrating fish and will ease the flood risk for buildings near river level, according to advocates.

Burlington pilots algae bloom mitigation technology

URLINGTON — Following a summer that saw many beach closures resulting from algae blooms in Lake Champlain, the city is allowing a private company to pilot its technology for algae mitigation at North Beach and Perkins Pier. Westford-based EcoSolutions LLC is using two technologies to try and reduce algae blooms. The first is a biological […]

Vermont Folklife Center Portraits in Action: Warren King

This is the fourth in a series from the recent Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning.

EPA proposes adding Saint-Gobain NY site to Superfund program

The addition of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Hoosick Falls plant on McCaffrey Street to the national program would make federal funds available for a cleanup and give the Environmental Protection Agency power to recover costs from responsible parties, EPA officials say.

Green light for lamprey treatment in LaPlatte River

Treatment was halted earlier this summer when the Health Department lowered the recommended concentration for the chemical used in lampricide.

Vermont Folklife Center Portraits in Action: John Ewing

This is the third in a series from the recent Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning.