After Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross refused to require best practices on farms near Missisquoi Bay, the Conservation Law Foundation has asked the state Environmental Court to step in. CLF’s Vermont chief Chris Kilian says the Missisquoi watershed is in “horrific” shape, and farm runoff is the primary culprit.
Conservation Law Foundation appeals state decision in an effort to stem manure runoff into the Missisquoi
The state has re-certified the Waterbury Dam, on the condition that the Waterbury Reservoir feeding the dam be kept at consistent summer-time water levels year round. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issued a water quality certification for Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric dam on Friday. The dam management plan is intended to match the natural […]
Under state law, the maximum area of land that can be clearcut is 40 acres. The Agency of Natural Resources determined that Riendeau heavily cut more than 40 acres without notifying the state. Another one of Riendeau’s logging operations in Wheelock, on land he did not own, left ruts in a wetland and buffer, among other alleged water quality violations.
Wayne and Jennie Dion were arrested last week for running an elaborate deer poaching operation from their home in Irasburg, according to a press release from the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife. The couple is accused of deer baiting and illegal night hunting. Game wardens obtained a search warrant and found 91 deer antler […]
A dairy farm in Enosburg Falls agreed to pay a $40,000 civil penalty on Thursday for rinsing farm equipment in the Bogue Brook, which is a violation of the state’s water quality standards, state officials say.
Even if the state’s plan were fully implemented, projected phosphorus levels in South Lake A and B and Missisquoi Bay would still exceed phosphorus limits set by the EPA. These are sections of the lake where phosphorus levels already must be cut by more than 50 percent to meet the federal requirements, according to the EPA.