Preliminary storm-damage assessment begins

State officials have begun their work to assess storm damage from last week’s high winds and rain in order to determine whether the state qualifies for federal assistance and a disaster declaration. Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other partners were to begin that evaluation Wednesday. Vermont… Read More »

UVM gets $598k grant to study algae

UVM gets $598k grant to study algae

The University of Vermont has received a $598,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate links between harmful algal blooms and human well-being, and to explore how a community along Lake Champlain works to take action based on scientific information about those links. In lakes and ponds worldwide and in Vermont, cyanobacteria blooms,… Read More »

CLF seeks to block wastewater permits as violating lake cleanup order

By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org Evironmentalists are taking the state to court over four sewage-treatment plant permits they say would allow too much pollution into Lake Champlain. The Conservation Law Foundation filed an appeal last week with the state’s environmental court to block five-year permits the Agency of Natural Resources recently issued for facilities in South Burlington,… Read More »

Scott: No new revenues needed for Lake Champlain cleanup

By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org A panel of senior Scott administration officials says no new fees or taxes are needed to pay for Lake Champlain cleanup for the next seven years. The Legislature asked the Act 73 Working Group to find reliable long-term funding for a federally mandated effort to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain. Instead… Read More »

Vt. Supreme Court: Private emails of public officials are fair game for public records

By Alan J. Keays and Anne Galloway VTDIGGER.ORG The Vermont Supreme Court last week ruled that the private email and text message accounts of public officials are subject to the state’s public records law, a decision hailed as a victory for advocates for government transparency. The high-court’s unanimous decision Friday reverses a lower court ruling earlier this year… Read More »

Natural Resources Secretary looks to slow spending on Lake Champlain cleanup

Natural Resources Secretary looks to slow spending on Lake Champlain cleanup

By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org Vermont’s top environmental official is calling for the state to spend less money on phosphorus reduction efforts for Lake Champlain. Julie Moore, the secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, wants to significantly reduce the amount Gov. Phil Scott’s administration originally planned to spend on cleanup efforts over the next several years… Read More »

Secretary Moore, Chittenden Senators to hold forum on water issues Tuesday in Shelburne

Chittenden County’s six-member delegation to the Vermont Senate visits Shelburne Tuesday at a special public forum to discuss water quality and water issues facing the region and Vermont. Sen. Chris Pearson, P/D, said the group plans several meetings this fall around the county to meet with constituents on a variety of issues. Joining the conversation… Read More »