Salt in the lake can promote the spread of blue-green algae, according to scientists.
How does your suggestion to farmers that a few adjustments to their protocols will attain a clean lake and permit them to continue to push for maximum corn and milk yields, make any sense to anybody?
In the Lake Champlain watershed there is an increasing concern from excessive nutrients flowing off of lawns, impervious surfaces and farmland, thus impacting our aquatic ecosystems.
News Release — The Nature Conservancy April 4, 2017 Media Contact: Eve Frankel, The Nature Conservancy, [email protected], 802 595-5000 Conservancy Develops Ecological Dam Screening Tool to Identify Dam Impacts on Vermont’s Waterways Montpelier, April 4, 2017—The Nature Conservancy has published the results of its Dam Screening Tool for the Lake Champlain Basin. The Dam Screening […]
Environmental advocates say a long-term revenue source for pollution mitigation needs to be put in place quickly.
Lawmakers hope to borrow against future proceeds from Transmission Developers, Inc. and put the money toward the $25 million a year needed for lake clean up.
Sixty French soldiers huddled inside a small fort on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain during the winter of 1666. Each must have wondered: “What am I doing here?”
News Release — Vermont Law School March 2, 2017 Contact: Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593, [email protected] SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., March 2, 2017––Scholars and government officials from China will examine legal and scientific issues related to watershed ecological damage and compensation, using Lake Champlain as a model, during a […]
The big ticket items are a 1 percent increase in the rooms and meals tax, which would generate $18.9 million annually; a $10 annual motorcycle fee, which raises $6 million a year, and a 0.2 percent surcharge on the property transfer tax, which brings in $4.7 million annually.
Planners want to use an available $4 million in ways they say would more effectively address water pollution. An environmental group calls that a misuse of the funds.
The fees and taxes range from vehicle sales to diesel and gasoline sales taxes, to fertilizer fees, to a bump in the rooms tax and an occupancy surcharge, to a tax on limousine services.
Protecting water quality does not take place within the water, but starts at the highest peak of a watershed.
The idea is one of several being tossed around as potential revenue sources for the cleanup of Lake Champlain.
A program for “reducing phosphorus pollution in the Lake” has become an all-inclusive environmental improvement program, with a new taxpayer funding source.