Environment

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is set to consider new rules for how farms drain water off their fields using subsurface tile systems. Environmental groups are concerned that these systems could increase nutrient and sediment pollution in Lake Champlain. They say no new tile drainage should be installed until the rules are in place.

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Two political allies are squaring off in a high-profile battle of words over the question of fossil-fuel divestment. And as State Treasurer Beth Pearce stands firm in her opposition to a bill that would scrub the state’s pension fund of coal stocks, Gov. Peter Shumlin is ramping up public criticism of her stance.

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The Lake Champlain Basin Program plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury as well as toxins produced by cyanobacteria – commonly known as blue-green algae.

It’s an understatement to say that the views in the national parks are striking. Take Bryce Canyon National Park, for instance, with its legions of multi-colored hoodoos - iconic “forests of stone” left by millennia of erosion.

Vermont’s economy has always been influenced by larger forces, whether global recession or changes in the nation’s trade policies. But the economic impact of climate change is a newer force.

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Did you know you can recycle disposable batteries in Vermont? And as of last month, Vermont became the first state to require disposable battery manufacturers to make battery recycling more convenient.

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The sight of bare soil and chopped down corn stalks might become rarer in Vermont, as farmers plant more winter cover crops. Agriculture officials say the practice can improve soil health and protect water quality by preventing nutrient run off.

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A long awaited report on the siting of solar energy projects recommends more input from regional planning commissions in the regulatory process.

The task force that wrote the report stopped short of giving municipalities veto power over solar projects, but advocates for more local control say the fight is far from over.

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The city of Winooski was vacuuming sewage out of a grease-clogged sewer line over the weekend after city workers noticed that catch basins in the city’s stormwater system were emitting “sewage-like odors.”

The District 3 Environmental Commission says it cannot approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between parties involved in a review of a proposed development at the Randolph exit off I-89.

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When we hear about climate change in the media, the message tends to be of the gloom and doom variety. But there’s a message of hope to be found in a recent book about, of all things, soot.

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Billions of little plastic K-Cup packs have been produced since Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain began producing single serve hot beverage machines.

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Let's say it's a cold night, after a quick freeze in early January. You're woken up at 3 a.m. by a loud booming noise and the house shakes.

Winter is finally here. And every bright, sunny day beckons me to get out and tend to my apple trees. The trees would be fine if I never laid a finger on them. But if I want bigger, more abundant, and accessible apples, I need to prune.

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A group of second home owners wants to be able to vote on a controversial commercial wind project that Iberdrola Renewables hopes to build in Grafton.

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Williston's Mud Pond Country Park just gained 39 acres and about a mile of new trails open to hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. The park expansion was a collaborative effort between the town, conservationists and recreational users of the land.

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The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules has voted to object to a proposed rule that would allow limited use of all-terrain vehicles on state lands.  

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State Treasurer Beth Pearce says she opposes a plan that calls for the divestment of fossil fuel companies from the state's pension funds.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has issued an advisory to solar companies to be truthful in their marketing of community solar arrays.

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The renewable-energy industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the Vermont economy. But the siting of solar and wind projects has begun generating public outcry in communities across the state, some lawmakers want to give towns and cities more control over the fate of projects in their borders.

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