Environment

Large portions of the road on Willey Hill in Norwich were washed out by recent flash flooding.
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Vermont officials are determining whether damage from this past weekend's flooding meets the threshold for federal assistance. Flash floods hit roads, homes and businesses, especially in Windsor, Orange and Rutland Counties in Vermont and in Grafton County, New Hampshire.

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After heavy rains the past few days, the northern halves of Vermont, New Hampshire, and part of northern New York are under a flash flood watch through tomorrow. A stretch of the Winooski River is under a flood warning as of Friday afternoon, and more rain is in the forecast.

This label is showing up more frequently alongside bins for recycling and trash.
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Vermont is now three years into its plan to get the whole state on board with universal recycling and composting.  But when you look at the number inside the triangle with arrows, do you know immediately what kind of plastic it is and how to recycle it? And are you occasionally still scrapping food scraps into the garbage?

Honey bees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative.

 In much of New England, heat advisories from the National Weather Service will now be isssued when an area experiences two or more consecutive days above 95 degrees – a lower threshold than was previously the case.
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When there are two or more consecutive days above 95 degrees, heat advisories – warnings to residents to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion or other illnesses – will now be issued in most of New England and southern New York by the National Weather Service.

A legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal that could have significant impacts on the future of ridgeline wind energy in Vermont.

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Gathered in Burlington Tuesday, public officials and private sector leaders announced a new coalition to address climate change, but critics say the coalition will only work if state leaders "walk the walk" in making policy decisions that address climate change.

In an effort to prevent the Trump administration from suppressing it, the City of Burlington published recently deleted information from the Environmental Protection Agency about climate change.
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In an effort to prevent the Trump administration from suppressing scientific information about climate change, the City of Burlington has joined 13 other cities in republishing the recently deleted Environmental Protection Agency website about climate change.

As top environmental officials from Quebec and New York looked on, Gov. Phil Scott signed a letter committing to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain as part of an inter-state and international effort.
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Officials from Vermont, New York, Quebec and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all committed to combine their efforts to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain on Monday in the first updated pollution management plan since 2010.

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With frequently wet and cool weather in Vermont this spring and summer, that's meant farmers have had to play catch up when it comes to planting crops and harvesting hay.

Seen here is "Sympetrum obtrusum" or a white-faced meadowhawk, snapped by today's show guest Bryan Pfeiffer. Click through this slideshow to see more of Pfeiffer's photography.
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Even if you're not a fan of insects, you have to be intrigued by their variety, colors, and characteristics. The annual bug show is your opportunity to learn about and get more comfortable with the insects that surround you.

Bellows Falls wants to tear down the former Robertson Paper Mill and redevelop the property. A development group was awarded a $200,000 EPA grant Thursday, which will help begin remediation work on the former industrial site.
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Brattleboro, Bellows Falls and Bennington will share $700,000 in Environmental Protection Agency cleanup funding to redevelop former industrial properties.

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Vermont Environmental Court has issued its first decisions in an appeal concerning the dam at Green River Reservoir and other hydroelectric projects owned by Morrisville Water & Light. The municipal utility challenged new requirements from the state Agency of Natural Resources in a water quality certificate. The certificate is part of the federal relicensing process for the utility’s four dams.

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Recent test results showing almost a dozen new residences in Bennington with PFOA levels above the health standard prove that the chemical is still moving through the environment. The state is struggling to understand just how long it will be before any homeowner within the area of contamination can be assured that their water is safe.

This is a Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) that Kent McFarland photographed in his back yard.
Kent McFarland, courtesy / Vermont Center For Ecostudies

Attracting, photographing, and identifying moths is a fun family activity. All you need are some lights and a sheet! Biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland went out into McFarland's back yard in Woodstock to spot some different species and talk about the important role moths play in our ecosystem.

Never mind that the snows had melted and the first green spears of new growth had pushed up to announce spring’s arrival. For weeks the entire state of Vermont had been held in the messy grip of an extended cold and rainy season.

Commercial fishermen in Northern New England face their fair share of challenges. Along with declining fish stocks and tight catch regulations, the occupation also remains one of the most dangerous in the country.

With that ever-present risk in mind, dozens of fishermen turned out in New Castle, New Hampshire recently for a day-long safety training exercise.

The Public Service Board says that any documents turned over to the state on the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee will become public records.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

After hearing testimony on the Public Service Board's proposed new sound standards for commercial wind turbines Thursday, the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules voted to put off making a decision on the controversial new standards.

Last week, Gov. Phil Scott announced the appointment of attorney Anthony Roisman as chairman of the Public Service Board. 

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