Environment

Vermont’s land trusts see post-recession rebound

Johnson Farm map

With 613,971 conserved acres, Vermont is No. 8 in the nation for land protected through nonprofit land trusts.

Farmers say water quality rules are too onerous

Richard Longway of Swanton co-owns a dairy farm. He testified during a public hearing in St. Albans on a petition that would put in place new regulations on farm practices.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

New regulations would require buffers, cover crops and fencing.

State launches map of recycling, compost facilities

A map released by the Agency of Natural Resources on Thursday is designed to make recycling and composting easier under Vermont’s new mandatory recycling law. The map includes the locations of a wide range of facilities that process food waste, recyclables, compost and trash. The map was created to help residents and businesses coordinate services […]

FEMA won’t fund culvert plan for Vermont roads washed out by Irene

Floodwaters from Irene tore away sections of roadway on Route 100. such as this section in Lower Granville. VTD/Josh Larkin

State wants to use FEMA money to upgrade culverts and take other storm-damage prevention measures, but the change was not included in an early set of goals by the president.

Private nudist campground in Sheldon docked $28,750

A communal campground for nudists reached a $28,750 settlement with the state over environmental violations, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Monday. Maple Glen’s 300-acre campground in Sheldon includes an in-ground heated pool, a hot tub, RV hook-up sites with a water tap, sewer access, a communal fire pit, recreational courts, a golf course and […]

Development pressures highlighted in impaired waterways report

Big Spruce Brook, a small, coldwater stream draining the area near Stowe Mountain Resort, has been restored in its upper section, but the lower section is polluted. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Snowmelt and other causes of sediment loading have damaged aquatic life in streams flowing from the mountains.

Lakeshore development law takes effect Tuesday

Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in New York as seen from the waterfront in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

A permit is required for certain activities within a protected area of the shoreline, such as expanding existing buildings, driveways, lawns, and the overall impervious footprint of shoreline properties.

Invasive spiny water flea found near Lake Champlain

A mass of spiny water fleas foul up line on a fishing rod. Photo courtesy of LCI

The fast-spreading spiny water flea, which can disrupt the lake’s food chain and biodiversity, has been found in the Glen Falls Feeder Canal, according to a research institute.

State OKs plan for southern Lake Champlain water quality management

The Agency of Natural Resources on Thursday approved the Southern Lake Champlain Tactical Basin water quality management plan. The plan, which covers the Poultney and Mettowee Rivers and the Lower Champlain Direct tributaries, is designed to study the current health of the southern portion of the lake and determine how to improve its water quality. […]

CLF petitions state for increased regulations for stormwater runoff

A vegetative strip divides the parking lot at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Conservation Law Foundation is asking the state to require commercial, industrial and institutional property owners to obtain permits that would limit the amount of pollution flowing off their properties.

State moves forward with organic waste diversion

The Agency of Natural Resources on Wednesday released a management plan in preparation for the phase-in of the state’s Universal Recycling Law. The first requirement of the phased-in program takes effect in July. The materials management plan outlines how the state will reach its goal of banning all recyclables and organics from the landfill over […]

Public’s right to play in Montpelier’s drinking water source to be decided

Berlin Pond is the source of the Capital City's drinking water. It's accessibility for recreational uses has caused a rift between the city and town. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State is expected to rule on request to ban recreational activity on Berlin Pond by late summer. Groups divided over whether recreational use harms water quality.

Vermont Gas seeks waiver to begin construction staging for pipeline

Vermont Gas Systems' South Burlington offices. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still reviewing permit application for disruption of 23 acres of wetlands.

UVM climate change study projects snow, followed by rain

Green Mountain Power’s 21-turbine wind project on Lowell Mountain. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Warmer temperatures will lead to more snow in the short-run, but then fade to rain, according to a UVM study on the effects of warming on Vermont.

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