Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Pond rule change could favor lawyer’s power boat over rowers

“We’re in constant conflict with them,” Sarah George, a state’s attorney, said of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center rowers and scullers she hopes to restrict on a pond she uses.

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation announces compost grants

News Release — Vermont Agency of Natural Resources June 29, 2017 Media Contact: Josh Kelly (802) 522-5897 [email protected] Composting Just Got Easier MONTPELIER – The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the High Meadows Fund today announced awards from two grant programs, totaling nearly $100,000, to help residents compost in their backyards and drop […]

State Announces “Red Tag” Rule for Aboveground Storage Tanks

News Release — Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation June 8, 2017 Media Contact: Emily Boedecker Phone: (802) 828-1556 State Announces “Red Tag” Rule for Aboveground Storage Tanks Montpelier – The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources today filed a new rule for aboveground storage tanks that will require inspectors to affix red tags on heating oil […]

State to require inspections of heating oil storage tanks

Tanks don’t need to be in perfect condition to pass an inspection, Cota said, but they must meet several safety standards.

Vermont Conservation Districts Address Water Quality Concerns Through Trees for Streams Program

News Release — Vermont Association of Conservation Districts May 26, 2017 Contact: Luke Rackers, VACD Communications Coordinator [email protected] Vermont Conservation Districts address water quality concerns from runoff and build sustainable habitats through the Trees for Streams program. Funding from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation helps landowners improve water quality by planting riparian buffers. Waitsfield, […]

Scott taps Ellis, Kamman for ANR positions

Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday that he has appointed two key environmental bureaucrats to leadership positions at the Agency of Natural Resources. Rebecca Ellis has been named deputy commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Ellis previously served as senior counsel for government affairs with the department. Neil Kamman will be the senior policy adviser […]

Department of Environmental Conservation Seeks Public Input on Water Quality Improvement Plans for Lake Memphremagog Watershed

News Release — Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation May 16, 2017 Contact: Ben Copans 802-751-2610 Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on three draft plans being released today to strategically improve water quality in the Lake Memphremagog watershed. A series of public meetings will be held this month […]

Vernon wetland to receive more protection

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s upgrade of the Bear Gum Swamp’s wetland classification has some in Vernon worried about stricter restrictions on logging and trails.

CSWD Receives Hazardous Waste Management Grant from the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation

News Release — CSWD April 27, 2017 Media Contact: Clare Innes Marketing & Communications Coordinator (802) 872-8100 x207 – Cell (802) 922-3616 [email protected] The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been awarded a grant worth $79,960 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help cover costs for providing facilities and education for the proper […]

Three Exceptional Vermont Wetlands Recognized with ‘Class I’ Designation

News Release — Vermont Agency of Natural Resources April 5, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Manager, 802-490-6177 or [email protected] Montpelier—Three unique Vermont wetlands are now being classified as ‘Class I’ wetlands, a designation that places extra protections on wetlands with exceptional ecological features. The three wetlands receiving Class I designations are the Sandbar […]

Promising site found for replacement of PFOA-tainted well

Officials say it appears to be far enough from known contamination and is in an area where other wells yield sufficient water.

Leahy: Trump cuts jeopardize funding for Lake Champlain clean up

According to a document from the National Association of Clean Air Agencies obtained by VTDigger, the White House is recommending a 30 percent reduction in EPA grants to states, while agency staff would be cut by 20 percent. VIDEO

Scott says he’s found right person for DEC chief at last

She’s Emily Boedecker, most recently of the nonprofit group Local Motion. The governor also filled a job that remained open at the Public Service Department.

Contract awarded in search for new Pownal water source

State officials have said identifying, testing and approving a new well for a public water system usually takes a year to 18 months. The current well is contaminated with PFOA.