Water Quality

The Village of Swanton is planning to upgrade an old dam to generate hydroelectric power, but the state's Agency of Natural Resources says it can't support the plan without getting answers to some key environmental questions.

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Pollution in Lake Champlain could lead to a significant decrease in the value of lakeside homes and a notable loss of tourism dollars being spent in the region, according to a new study.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says PFOA has been detected in Shaftsbury. The Department of Environmental Conservation tested a monitoring well near the closed Shaftsbury landfill and found levels of PFOA slightly above the state advisory level.

Four Vermont environmental groups are teaming up to formally oppose the renovation of a dam in Swanton.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire think blue-green algae blooms may be contributing to the declining population of loons in certain New Hampshire lakes.

While scientists have long warned humans to stay clear of algae or cyanobacteria blooms, researchers at UNH now suspect they may be harming New Hampshire’s loon population. While the state’s overall loon population has been steadily rebounding each year, some lakes are still seeing losses.

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New state water quality rules could soon apply to all of Vermont's farms. The rules will cover not just dairy farms, but also other livestock operations, as well as vegetable and crop farms.

Groundwater at sites in Colchester and Essex Junction has tested positive for the presence of potentially harmful perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), according to the Shumlin administration, though officials say they're not concerned about a health risk at this time.

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The Village of Swanton has ambitious plans to redevelop an old dam across the Missisquoi River as a hydroelectric facility, but environmental groups say the dam is threatening the downstream ecosystem and should be removed.

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It’s that time of year again. Reports of potentially toxic cyanobacteria, also known as blue green algae, have started coming in to the state of Vermont, and Burlington officials closed part of North Beach because of the bacteria.

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The estimated cost of bringing clean water to all of the Bennington County properties contaminated with PFOA has risen to more than $30 million.

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Cleaning up our waterways has become a top priority for the Shumlin administration. But how realistic is that in a state so heavily dependent on the ag industry, especially dairy?

Authorities are still trying to determine the source of a weekend fuel leak into the Missisquoi River in Swanton.

Crews have contained a fuel oil spill in the Missisquoi River near Depot Street in Swanton, authorities say.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the final, legally binding version of its “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) plan, which sets required pollution reduction targets for Lake Champlain.

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A new $6.3 million State Police barracks in Westminster may finally get its permits to open.

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The state has discovered a new concentration of PFOA in North Pownal.

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Two recently completed engineering reports find that it could cost $17 million to bring clean water to the properties around North Bennington that have tested positive for PFOA.

A Burlington beach has been closed due to a chemical spill. According to the Agency of Natural Resources, a fire-suppressing foam was discharged into a brook a short distance from Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park.

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Around noon on Friday, a pair of bicyclist casually made their way down a driveway past cars parked on what’s usually a lawn. Burgers had just come off the grill, the first tour was just finishing up, and the sewage kept flowing in.