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Guest Blog: Why I Care about the Health of Lake Champlain
by Conservation Law Foundation

Richard Butz is a boater, boat builder, and water lover who lives in Bristol, Vermont. Richard has advocated for our waterways for years, including as co-founder of the Buffalo Maritime Center, former board member and chair of the Buffalo Niagara River Keeper, and current board member of the Addison, Vermont, River Watch Collaborative. Why should…

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Guest Blog: Water, Water, Everywhere
by Conservation Law Foundation

Eric Neilsen is a photographer and environmentalist living in Castleton, VT.  He served as an advanced water quality monitor volunteer with Texas stream team. Learn more at www.canoeadventures.net As I begin to explore paddling opportunities available to me from my new home in Castleton, Vermont, I am truly optimistic that the huge piles of trash that…

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Blue-Green Algae in the Forecast
by Rebekah Weber

So far this summer, we’ve seen an unusually high number of beach closures in Vermont. Our waters are plagued with toxic blue-green algae blooms that can cause skin irritation, liver damage, and perhaps even neurological disease. Beyond health concerns, parents report kids and pets are on the brink of mutiny from being denied access to…

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Putting a Price Tag On Clean Water
by Rebekah Weber

Vermonters are tired of polluted water. The beach closures, sick dogs, and lowered property values are an ever-growing cause for concern. And now, a recent report has found that the majority of Vermonters are willing to shell out for clean water. A team of researchers at the University of Vermont analyzed the results of two…

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Warning – Our Lake is Toxic
by Rebekah Weber

“Mixed condition. Watch and avoid cyanobacteria blooms.” This is the warning posted on the Vermont Department of Health’s website for Lake Champlain. When I read about beach closures, such as the one last Thursday at one of Burlington’s most popular beaches, I feel outraged, dumbfounded, horrified. How could we have let it get so far…

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Heavier Rains Are Coming – But Are Vermonters Ready?
by Rebekah Weber

It’s been a wet summer so far in Vermont. And, according to climate scientists, Vermonters should get used to it – more rainfall and even more intense storms are predicted as a result of our changing climate. But, just because we know what’s to come doesn’t mean Vermont is prepared to deal with it. To find…

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The Path to a Clean Lake Champlain is Still Unclear
by Rebekah Weber

While there’s still a long road ahead, CLF is cautiously optimistic about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new pollution limits for Lake Champlain. These new limits – also known as a Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL – dramatically reduce the amount of pollution allowed to enter the lake. The limits focus specifically on phosphorus…

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Vermont’s Water is Still Really Gross…
by Rebekah Weber

We’re working on it. Last year, Vermont passed a clean water law to help cut down on the pollution and erosion that harms our rivers and lakes. Its enactment is none too soon as the changing climate is only heightening our water woes with increased rainfall and rising temperatures. This new law – Act 64…

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The Hidden Source of Water Pollution Underneath our Farm Fields
by Rebekah Weber

For the average New Englander, tile drainage is not a topic that’s going to keep you up at night. But in fact, this mundane-sounding subject is awash in controversy – and how that controversy gets resolved is vitally important to everyone who cares about clean water in our region. Tile drains are used by farmers…