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1:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Milfoil Pullers Wanted

Eurasian watermilfoil can get quickly out of control, as shown in this picture taken at Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York.
Robert L. Johnson Cornell University, Bugwood.org

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.

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The Vermont Economy
6:27 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Newport Residents Question Developers Of Bio-Med Facility

Bill Kelly, representing AnC Bio, Joe Greene, architect, and Debra Bell, civil engineer, display drawings of a new facility proposed for Newport prior to a public hearing.
Charlotte Albright VPR

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.

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Vermont Edition
1:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Early Returns Encouraging On Yearly Loon Count

A lone loon relaxes on Curtis Pond in Calais.
Toby Talbot AP

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.

On the results of Saturday's loon watch

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The Frequency
12:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Where Are Vermont’s Turkeys? Officials Seek Public Help In Survey

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to conduct a turkey brood survey during the month of August, and officials are asking for help from Vermonters who see the birds around the state.

“Data gathered from the survey will help establish long-term trends in turkey reproductive success and recruitment,” said state turkey biologist Amy Alfieri. 

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VPR News
5:27 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

State Weighs Tightening Farm Pollution Rules

At a hearing, Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross listened to testimony from farmers resistant to more regulation as well as environmentalists who say it is needed.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

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.

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VPR News
9:10 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Moose Hunting Lottery Attracts Thousands Of Applicants

The moose permit lottery featured a drawing by the Governor and a live radio broadcast.
VPR/Steve Zind

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.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Young Scientists Drill Into Ice At 'CHILL' Camp

Max Wonsavage and Will Keegan watch Justin Andrew saw an ice block at "CHILL" camp at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover.
Charlotte Albright VPR

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.

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Commentary
1:24 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Spencer Rendahl: The Year Of Why

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.

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Public Post
2:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Memphremagog Watershed Association Hosting Tar Sands Discussion

In this March 20, 2013 photo, a sign marks the location of the Montreal-Portland oil pipeline in Irasburg.
Toby Talbot AP

The Memphremagog Watershed Association is hosting a panel discussion Tuesday night about what it calls a "tar sands threat to Lake Memphremagog." The discussion has been organized jointly by the Memphremagog Watershed Association and National Wildlife Federation.

"Community members are invited to attend a discussion about an emerging threat to rivers, lakes, and streams in the Northeast Kingdom, including Lake Memphremagog," an event announcement states.

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Public Post
12:58 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Nudist Campground Settles Environmental Violations

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.

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