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Lake Champlain http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/712/all en Group questions Vergennes snow dumping methods http://addisonindependent.com/201502group-questions-vergennes-snow-dumping-methods <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28315" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201502group-questions-vergennes-snow-dumping-methods"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/SnowPile3305.thumbnail.jpg" alt="SnowPile3305.jpg" title="SnowPile3305.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PILES OF SNOW, dumped by city plows, line the parking lot of Falls Park in Vergennes, which abuts the Otter Creek. Independent photo/Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Piles of snow, packed together in rows like moguls, occupy the parking lot of Falls Park on the south bank of the Otter Creek below Vergennes&rsquo; majestic falls.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s where the city stores excess snow cleared from downtown sidewalks and roadways. When the snow melts, it flows into the Otter Creek and then into Lake Champlain.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28316">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502group-questions-vergennes-snow-dumping-methods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes Featured Lake Champlain Otter Creek pollution runoff snow removal vergennes Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:11:04 +0000 Zach Despart 28316 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Change needed in water policies http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-change-needed-water-policies <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> David Brynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> The time has come to take seriously the cleanup of our streams, rivers and lakes. They are the lifeblood of Vermont and they are the ecological treasures of all Vermonters.</p> <p align="left"> As temperatures continue to warm and the peak flows of storm events increase, the negative impacts of sediment and nutrient deposition will accelerate. That Gov. Shumlin has placed the cleanup on his priority list for his third term is a great step forward.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28097">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-change-needed-water-policies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion cleanup Lake Champlain water quality Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:28:32 +0000 Zach Despart 28097 at http://addisonindependent.com Feds promise $16 million in grants for lake http://addisonindependent.com/201501feds-promise-16-million-grants-lake <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28042" style="width: 89px;"><a href="/201501feds-promise-16-million-grants-lake"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Leahy.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Leahy.jpg" title="Leahy.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="89" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SEN. PATRICK LEAHY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The federal government on Wednesday announced $16 million in funds to help Vermont and New York clean up their greatest shared resource &mdash; Lake Champlain.</p> <p> The initiative, titled the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, will be administered by the federal government over the next five years to fund conservation efforts aimed at eliminating agricultural runoff into watersheds that feed into the lake, which is among the nation&rsquo;s largest bodies of fresh water.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28043">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501feds-promise-16-million-grants-lake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County cleanup Featured grant Lake Champlain Leahy NRCS pollution USDA Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:21:28 +0000 Zach Despart 28043 at http://addisonindependent.com Farmers to Shumlin: Lay off Current Use http://addisonindependent.com/201501farmers-shumlin-lay-current-use <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Gov. Peter Shumlin has made cleaning up Lake Champlain a top priority. To do that, he proposed in his Jan. 8 inaugural address to make changes to the state&rsquo;s Current Use tax program to penalize farmers who pollute waterways.</p> <p> The Agency of Agriculture said denying Current Use tax breaks to offenders would add another enforcement tool to the state, which is cracking down on pollution into its waterways.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27980">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501farmers-shumlin-lay-current-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County agriculture current use farming Featured Foster Lake Champlain Moore pollution Ross Shumlin Vermont Farm Bureau Vilsack Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:27:34 +0000 Zach Despart 27980 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Different approach needed for Lake Champlain cleanup http://addisonindependent.com/201409opinion-different-approach-needed-lake-champlain-cleanup <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> David Brynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">The </span><em style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Addison Independent</em><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"> recently reported that the federal government has committed $45 million on the cleanup of Lake Champlain in Vermont. Our great lake is worth it and I applaud this bold initiative.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25494">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409opinion-different-approach-needed-lake-champlain-cleanup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion cleanup Lake Champlain Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:13:36 +0000 Zach Despart 25494 at http://addisonindependent.com Vermont Gas defends underwater drilling process http://addisonindependent.com/201409vermont-gas-defends-underwater-drilling-process <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas pipeline, which would involve 19 miles of steel conduit stretching underground from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., has generated a lot of criticism and comments of concern from citizens who have weighed in on the project this year.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25379">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409vermont-gas-defends-underwater-drilling-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County drilling Featured horizontal International Paper Lake Champlain new york Phase II pipeline underwater Vermont Gas Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:33:31 +0000 Zach Despart 25379 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Feds' bucks for Lake Champlain just throwing money at problem http://addisonindependent.com/201409opinion-feds-bucks-lake-champlain-just-throwing-money-problem <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> James H. Maroney Jr. </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25344">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409opinion-feds-bucks-lake-champlain-just-throwing-money-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion agriculture Lake Champlain Leahy pollution Ross Vilsack Welch Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:22:38 +0000 Zach Despart 25344 at http://addisonindependent.com Feds promise $45 million for Lake Champlain http://addisonindependent.com/201409feds-promise-45-million-lake-champlain <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-25306" style="width: 149px;"><a href="/201409feds-promise-45-million-lake-champlain"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/ECHO3033.thumbnail.jpg" alt="ECHO3033.jpg" title="ECHO3033.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="149" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE Tom Vilsack, left, speaks at a press conference with Sen. Patrick Leahy at the ECHO Center in Burlington last Thursday morning. Vilsack announced $45 million in federal funds earmarked for the cleanup of Lake Champlain. Independent photo/Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">BURLINGTON &mdash; With the stunning vista of Lake Champlain at his back, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Thursday that the federal government will spend up to $45 million to protect the lake and its watershed.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25307">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409feds-promise-45-million-lake-champlain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County agriculture ECHO Featured Lake Champlain Leahy phosphorous pollution Ross USDA Vilsack Welch Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:17:40 +0000 Zach Despart 25307 at http://addisonindependent.com Does algae threaten Lake Champlain drinking water? http://addisonindependent.com/201408does-algae-threaten-lake-champlain-drinking-water <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jenevra Wetmore </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">VERMONT &mdash; For three days early this August Ohio&rsquo;s fourth-largest city had no drinking water. Toledo&rsquo;s tap water, supplied by Lake Erie, was contaminated with toxins produced by blue-green algae, forcing 500,000 residents to turn off their taps.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25137">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201408does-algae-threaten-lake-champlain-drinking-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County algae Featured Lake Champlain Toledo Watershed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:55:24 +0000 Zach Despart 25137 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: All is not fair on land or water http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-all-not-fair-land-or-water <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Denise Smith </div> </div> </div> <p> <em style="font-size: 13px;">This week&rsquo;s writer is Denise Smith of St. Albans, who currently serves as the executive director of the Friends of the Northern Lake Champlain. Smith has spent most of her life living and working in the Lake Champlain Basin.</em></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24747">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-all-not-fair-land-or-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Environmental Protection Agency Lake Champlain Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:47 +0000 Zach Despart 24747 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Everyone must do their part to combat water pollution http://addisonindependent.com/201407opinion-everyone-must-do-their-part-combat-water-pollution <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Chris Robbins </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">This letter is in response to the community forum &ldquo;Water pollution: Don&rsquo;t just blame farmers,&rdquo; by Emerson Lynn in the July 28 edition of the </span><em style="font-size: 13px;">Independent.</em></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24743">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407opinion-everyone-must-do-their-part-combat-water-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Conservation Law Foundation Lake Champlain water pollution Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:39:10 +0000 Zach Despart 24743 at http://addisonindependent.com Farmers say new regulations aren't needed http://addisonindependent.com/201407farmers-say-new-regulations-arent-needed <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-24708" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201407farmers-say-new-regulations-arent-needed"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Spreader_0550.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Spreader_0550.jpg" title="Spreader_0550.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A TRACTOR SPREADS cow manure over a field in Weybridge on Thursday. Efforts to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain have focused on stopping runoff of manure from farms into waterways. Independent photo/Andrea Warren </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; As the state Agency of Agriculture debates whether to implement new regulations on farmers in the Missisquoi Bay watershed in an effort to cut down on phosphorus pollution, farmers in Addison County say more regulation is not the answer.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;The regulations that we have, including the Accepted Agricultural Practices, are adequate,&rdquo; said Bill Moore, legislative director for the Vermont Farm Bureau.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24705">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407farmers-say-new-regulations-arent-needed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Featured Lake Champlain phosphorous Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:23:32 +0000 Phoebe Lewis 24705 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-dont-just-blame-farmers-water-pollution <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&#39;s writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger</em></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.</span></p> <p> There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.</p> <p> And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24680">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-dont-just-blame-farmers-water-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion agriculture Conservation Law Foundation dairy Emerson Lynn farming Lake Champlain phosphorous pollution St. Albans Messenger Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:40:31 +0000 Zach Despart 24680 at http://addisonindependent.com College summer school pushes students to think like scientists http://addisonindependent.com/201407pushing-students-think-scientists <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-24631" style="width: 152px;"><a href="/201407pushing-students-think-scientists"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/bacteria students copy.thumbnail.jpg" alt="bacteria students copy.jpg" title="bacteria students copy.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="152" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENT Allison Forrest looks through a microscope at cyanobacteria while fellow STEM Innovation Program students Chiara Lawrence, left, and Erin Birdsall look on recently in Bicentennial Hall. Several students are spending eight weeks this summer developing a small autonomous research vessel to detect cyanobacteria in Lake Champlain. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Weyland Joyner </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">MIDDLEBURY &mdash; A group of Middlebury College students met in a sixth floor Bicentennial Hall classroom one recent morning to plan their hunt for bacteria. Their ultimate goal was to reduce or eliminate the potentially dangerous cyanobacteria that has become a growing pollution problem in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water.</span></p> <p> But just as important is that they learn processes and habits of mind that will make them good engineers, mathematicians and scientists.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24632">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407pushing-students-think-scientists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Featured Lake Champlain Middlebury College Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:49:31 +0000 Phoebe Lewis 24632 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Bray has made brilliant argument http://addisonindependent.com/201407opinion-bray-has-made-brilliant-argument <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> George Jaeger </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Sen. Chris Bray&rsquo;s brilliantly argued letter in the June 26 edition of this paper goes to the heart of the Phase II pipeline issue. This Quebec project, as he writes, is about the private use of the proposed pipeline by the International Paper Co. and therefore deserves neither a Certificate of Public Good nor the right to eminent domain.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24325">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407opinion-bray-has-made-brilliant-argument" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion International Paper Lake Champlain natural gas pipeline Vermont Gas Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:28:12 +0000 Zach Despart 24325 at http://addisonindependent.com