The state government has an online form for people to report ice-outs — that is, when there’s no longer ice from shore to shore on a body of water. Private groups have put money on the line.
VTDigger publishes stories about Vermont environmental issues, including water quality, toxic waste, climate change and biodiversity.
Lewis Creek’s guardian group struggles with fewer volunteers — putting crucial water cleanups at risk
A decade ago, about 40 community members spent 300 hours volunteering in one of the group’s key programs to pull invasive plants out of a local bay. Last year, only eight showed up.
Officials present new best management practices for trapping, but animal advocates say they fall short
In the last couple of years, animal advocates and trappers have passionately clashed over proposals for new regulations.
Recent storms bolster Vermont’s snowfall totals after months of lagging behind
The state has returned to cooler temperatures and broke records for snowfall after a late winter storm.
‘They did not call me’: High amount of E.coli detected in the Missisquoi River, but lab didn’t say so for weeks, plant operator says
Alarmingly high levels of E.coli were found in an early February sample from a small town wastewater facility outflow into the Missisquoi River, but local officials say the testing lab didn’t tell them until weeks later.
Climate Council’s equity group reflects on accusations of tokenism, barriers to better representation
A subcommittee member led others through an exercise that put a fine point on the demographic makeup of the Climate Council’s Just Transitions subcommittee. It’s charged with protecting Vermont’s most vulnerable communities while Vermont transitions through climate-focused changes.
Climate activists gather in Burlington to protest Chase Bank’s fossil fuel ties
The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement aimed at diverting big banks away from fossil fuels and toward an improved climate.
Burlington emergency vet sees uptick in respiratory illness in dogs
The illness has circulated around New England, but veterinarians still aren’t sure what’s causing it.
Stakeholders debate controversial bill to ban chemical treatments for aquatic nuisances
The bill is unlikely to pass out of the House Environment and Energy Committee in its current form.
The EPA has proposed new drinking water standards for ‘forever chemicals.’ What does that mean for Vermont?
As many as 60 of Vermont’s roughly 700 public drinking water systems have detectable levels of PFAS that are below the state’s current standard but could be above a new national standard, according to state officials.