The selectboard’s decision to apply for the state’s Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-In-Aid Program came after about an hour of discussion Tuesday on the cause of the “muck” and what could be done about it.
Officials believe the pollution likely was caused by a landfill that was closed in the 1990s, but more testing is required to confirm that.
Lakes Morey and Fairlee are sparking the concern of state scientists who want to act before levels of cyanobacteria, which creates blue-green blooms in the water and is toxic to humans and pets, reach a tipping point.
The move from the Canadian college comes as the state rolls out PFAS testing in the cross-border lake.
Over the past several years, the Ripton Conservation Commission has worked to get Goshen, Blue Bank and Alder brooks designated as excellent waters. The process was delayed again this spring after out-of-state landowners in the watershed said they wanted to return to Vermont to gather more information.
State officials say municipal sewage treatment plants, where haulers typically take septage, are often stretched to capacity in a problem that doesn’t have easy solutions.
At a closed landfill in South Hero, a monitoring well reported nearly 3,600 parts per trillion of PFAS last year — 180 times the state’s safe standard for drinking water.
The Department of Environmental Conservation fined the district after a 2019 inspection revealed numerous violations in the handling and transportation of hazardous waste.
Landowners removed plants and trees to improve a view. ‘That is the kind of activity that the Shoreline Protection Act was designed to prevent,’ a state official said.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says Canaan committed a violation for failing to collect food scraps at its transfer station. Town officials say there are few reasonable solutions.
Technicians place red tags, which prohibit fuel deliveries, on heating fuel tanks that don’t comply with Vermont’s safety standards. With more than 650 red tags assigned since Aug 1, technicians are rushing to make repairs.
Using drones and photogrammetry, scientists are analyzing the geology near Rutland Airport to track — and stop — the spread of toxic chemicals.
Since 2017, engineers have been working with the town and the state to locate more than a thousand lead pipes that carry drinking water into homes. New funds allow the town to begin replacing them.
Ticklenaked Pond in Ryegate had been plagued by excess phosphorus for years. After state and community efforts, the water has been cleaned up.