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Cabot Creamery gets rid of its dairy processing wastewater by spreading it on agricultural lands in 33 Vermont towns. And its permit to do so is now up for renewal, prompting some vocal opponents to raise questions about the practice.

Every five years Agri-Mark, doing business as Cabot Creamery, needs to renew its land application permit through the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. The permit gives the cheese maker permission to spray whey and wastewater from cleaning the plant onto agricultural fields and inject it into manure pits.

A new Agency of Natural Resources rule would allow all-terrain vehicles to use a trail in the Les Newell Wildlife Management Area, in Stockbridge. Long-range planning efforts get underway in Essex and Norwich. Volunteers are wanted to hand pull Eurasian milfoil from Dewey Mill Pond, in Quechee.

The Norwich Recreation Council is working up a long-range plan and it is asking for input from local residents.

Like many Vermont waterbodies, Dewey's Mills Pond has a milfoil problem.

The town of Essex and its village, Essex Junction, have separate governing bodies and are run as independent municipalities. But in many other ways the two entities form one community. Now, a diverse working group has been appointed to improve coordinated planning efforts for both Essex and Essex Junction.

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife

All-terrain vehicles, better known as ATVs, are currently banned from use on state lands in Vermont. But that outright prohibition could change with the passage of a new rule now under consideration.

Democrats in the Washington-Chittenden House district organize to find a new representative. West Nile virus is discovered in several Vermont mosquito pools. Addison County Transit Resources gets ready to give its two millionth ride.

Caleb Kenna Photography

The Middlebury-based Addison County Transit Resources says it is on track to deliver its two millionth ride next Tuesday, August 25. And the bus service is celebrating by offering free rides that day.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

On Wednesday afternoon, school directors from Elmore and Morristown are holding a community information and input meeting on a draft set of articles of agreement for a combined school district. The school district merger will be on the ballot in both towns in November.

The Vermont Legislature

Democrats in Bolton, Huntington, Waterbury and Buel's Gore are assembling a committee to seek out and recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in the Vermont Statehouse. Democratic Rep. Rebecca Ellis resigned her post earlier this month to take the job of senior counsel for government affairs at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.