Over the past ten years, Montpelier has averaged one water main break every two weeks. Local officials have resisted state regulators’ push to redesign the system.
“It's a public health and an ecosystem benefit to have farms that are positively impacting water quality, and small farms — and medium and large farms — sometimes really need help in order to do that,” said Liz Gleason, who directs the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program.
Public land comprises 8% of Vermont, according to the complaint, and the state is responsible for maintaining that land for multiple goals.
Residents have grown frustrated by hundreds of water main breaks in the state’s capital that have culminated in frozen streets, closed businesses and water shut-offs.
“These are all issues that could, in part, be addressed at the state and federal levels, but that absolutely have to be tackled at the local level as well if we really want to move the needle,” said Xusana Davis, executive director of the state’s Office of Racial Equity.
Cars, buses, trucks and other modes of transportation are responsible for 40% of Vermont’s climate emissions, making it the state’s most polluting sector.
“I just find that to be really exciting — that we're starting to pay attention and learn about all the things that were buzzing around, and we didn't even notice them before,” one biologist said.
Residents say they’re concerned that a new building for PFAS treatment would allow Casella to eventually discharge treated leachate into Lake Memphremagog. State officials say they haven’t ruled that out.
The parties need a combined 100 seats to win a supermajority in the House — and reliably override vetoes. Republicans have been aiming to secure 51 seats so they can sustain vetoes.
Asked how many structures he has removed from his property since the Environmental Court issued its order in March of 2021, Daniel Banyai said “zero.”