Deb Markowitz

Deb Markowitz is a former head of Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources, and represented Vermont at the United Nations summits on climate change in Paris and Morocco.

Environmental watchdogs say they’re heartened by Governor-elect Phil Scott’s pick to lead the Agency of Natural Resources, but that it’s too early to discern whether the incoming Republican administration is serious about cleaning up Lake Champlain and tackling some of the other major environmental issues facing Vermont.

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As world leaders wrap up the annual United Nations climate change conference this week in Marrakech, Morocco, many there are worried about President-elect Donald Trump's plan to pull the U.S. out of a major climate change agreement.

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State officials have been working since 2012 to roll out a law designed to reduce the amount of recyclable materials going to landfills, and July 1 is the next major step in those efforts.

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Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources oversees a host of issues, from Lake Champlain cleanup to the management of lands and wild animals.  Wednesday on Vermont Edition, ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz will be our guest to discuss water quality, how her Agency is thinking about climate change, issues of forest fragmentation, and the sate's fish hatchery program.

Also in the program, clean water activist James Ehlers of Lake Champlain International explains what he thinks the state should do to prevent wastewater treatment plants from overflowing during heavy rains.

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Vermont has fallen well short of its goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday.

The state’s lawmakers set the goals in 2006 with optimistic legislation that laid out a timeline for the state’s greenhouse gas reductions. The legislature used 1990 emissions levels as a benchmark, calling for a 25 percent reduction from those levels by 2012, a 50 percent reduction by 2028 and a 75 percent reduction by 2050.