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AP/Steven Senne / Dairy cows chew their feed at the Rhoman-Wai Farms in Chester.

In the puzzle of restoring Lake Champlain's health, the reduction of phosphorous in stormwater runoff is an important piece. Now, the Agency of Natural Resources is preparing to launch a new initiative that focuses on building green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff. We talk with Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears about in a preview of the program announcement to be held on Wednesday.

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A $500 million development proposal that backers say could create 10,000 temporary and permanent jobs across the Northeast Kingdom would be historic. But it could also bring big changes to Jay, Newport,Coventry and Burke, the communities where all the development is targeted. Even some political leaders from the region have described the potential for change as scary.

(Host) As political rhetoric heats up, environmental educator and commentator Russ Weis considers how presidential politics can have a big impact on our ever-warming planet.

(Weis) Now that Fall is here, I'm thinking back to the scorching temperatures that afflicted much of the nation this past summer - especially our central and western states. And it's occurred to me that the term global warming shares the initials of our first president: George Washington.

http://www.vpr.net/audio/programs/56/2012/10/Weiss-1001 Mourning in America.mp3

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