ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Murphy Tyrol.
One spring, following heavy rain, I visited the Saint Michael’s College Natural Area hoping to capture exciting photographs of the rushing Winooski River. Rather than raging floodwaters, however, I found the river’s floodplain was efficiently — and slowly — accommodating the onslaught of rainwater.
News reports of floods typically show catastrophic events, with rivers carrying away possessions and leaving tragedy in their wakes. I have witnessed floods moving soil, debris, tree limbs, and even whole trees. An oxbow in the Natural Area marks a dramatic change in river course, likely caused by...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has developed a new initiative to acquire and restore wetlands in response to funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
“As Vermont Fish and Wildlife is the largest owner of wetlands in the state, this is a natural fit to expand and build upon some of our marquis Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), such as Dead Creek WMA, and it will enable us to strategically enhance other WMAs,” said Fish and Wildlife’s Public Land Section Chief Jane Lazorchak.
The initiative is focused on...
BRIDPORT — The Legislative Study Committee on Wetlands will hold a public hearing on the regulation of wetlands in Vermont on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Bridport. The hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bridport Community/Masonic Hall at 52 Crown Point Road.
The committee was charged by Act No. 64 of 2019 to recommend to the General Assembly updates and clarifications to the requirements for the regulation of wetlands. The committee is reviewing wetlands permitting standards, exemptions from wetlands permits, permit fees, and other issues related to wetlands regulation....
MIDDLEBURY — The organization Ducks Unlimited is restoring the wetlands of an environmentally important, 136-acre piece of property on Three Mile Bridge Road in Middlebury, and that land will now come under state ownership as part of a new federal program.
The program requires the Army Corps of Engineers to pay a fee in certain cases where its projects have an impact on Class 3 wetlands. Those fees are then used to restore and create additional wetlands, according to Jane Lazorchak, the land acquisition coordinator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD).
The project, known as...