The invasive water plant Eurasian watermilfoil has made its way into waterways around Vermont, and is nearly impossible to eradicate. At Dewey's Mills Pond, in Quechee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Vermont and the town of Hartford have been working together since 2003 to keep the invasive species at bay. This Saturday, the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a volunteer day, to help in the effort.
On Monday, the public got a chance to weigh in on a plan to build a four-story glass and metal tower in Newport that would house bio-medical research and development.
The developers, Bill Stenger and his business partner Ariel Quiros, say the project will create as many as 500 jobs and will not harm the environment. But some Newport residents have some concerns about its impact on public health.
For a while, the iconic laughing call of the loon was rare in Vermont waters, but the bird population has been rebounding in recent years.
Saturday was the annual loon watch: More than 200 volunteers spread out across the state to survey loons. Eric Hanson, a conservation biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation project, joined Vermont Edition to talk about how this reclusive bird is faring in Vermont waters.
Vermont’s farms are to blame for almost 40 percent of the state’s phosphorus pollution into Lake Champlain, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, the Conservation Law Foundation is calling on the state to force farms that pollute the troubled Missiquoi Bay to implement “Best Management Practices” to mitigate their pollution.
Currently, phosphorus reduction is largely voluntary for farms. But there’s increasing pressure on the state, both from federal officials and water quality advocates, to make dramatic cuts in Vermont’s phosphorus output into Lake Champlain.
Vermont’s moose permit lottery was held Thursday morning at the Statehouse in Montpelier. According to the Fish and Wildlife Department, 11,600 hunters from 49 states vied for the 335 archery and rifle permits.
They were awarded through a random selection of names drawn by computer. The lottery included a “special priority drawing” for five permits, awarded to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The fanfare surrounding the annual lottery included a live radio broadcast, with Gov. Peter Shumlin choosing the first group of names.
Budding scientists from the Upper Valley are getting thrills and chills - literally - at youth camps hosted in Hanover by the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, or CRREL. It’s run by the Army Corps of Engineers. Researchers often work in Greenland and Antarctica, but this summer a few have stayed here to teach young people how to conduct experiments about climate change.
When my second child turned four last November, I began reliving what I call “The Year of ‘Why?’”
“Why is today Tuesday?,” he’ll demand. “Why don’t people play with dinosaurs? Why are ‘bad guys’ mean?”
My son’s “Whys” can go on all day if I let them, but often they’ll end with me grabbing, tickling, and teasing him: “Why, why, why?” He’ll giggle – and ask another “why?” More tickles and giggles follow. It’s not the worst way to spend an hour.
The owners of a communal nudist campground in Sheldon have agreed to pay the state $28,750 to settle environmental violations. According to an announcement by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Maple Glen faced numerous violations including of wastewater, wetlands, solid waste, Act 250, water supply and open burning regulations at the campground.