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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…

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CLF Takes Another Major Step Towards a Cleaner Lake Champlain
by Rebekah Weber

Today marks the end of a two-year process CLF initiated to address farm runoff to Lake Champlain. Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, has signed the revised decision that lays out the framework for farmers to implement Best Management Practices to help meet our clean water goals. The new program negotiated by the Agency of…

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New Study Links Toxin in Blue-Green Algae to Neurological Disease
by Chris Kilian

The serious health consequences of cyanobacteria – more commonly known as blue-green algae – have been recognized by health professionals for years. A study released Wednesday by the Royal Society of London is now linking exposure to blue-green algae outbreaks with deadly neurological diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. This breakthrough animal…

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The Status Quo Won’t Work for Vermont’s Waters
by Rebekah Weber

This past summer, there was significant attention paid to the gallons of sewage released into Vermont waterways from wastewater treatment facilities. To keep track of these overflow events, the VT Department of Environmental Conservation (the Department) has created a Waste Water Inventory that charts how much sewage is discharged from which facility on what day.…

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Can Cows, Manure, and Algae All Add Up to Clean Water? Lessons from Charlotte, Vermont
by Carolyn Dube

Innovation continues to thrive in the Green Mountain State. The Nordic Farm is looking at using algae to turn manure and other biological waste into fuel and fertilizer. The farm’s dairy barn is home to 300 cows. These ladies produce more than a ton of manure every day. That’s a lot of waste. Seventeen dairy…

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Another Significant Step Toward a Clean and Healthy Lake Champlain
by Rebekah Weber

Last week, CLF and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (AAFM) agreed to an historic settlement that provides the blueprint for farmers to reach Vermont’s goal of clean and healthy waters across the state. This agreement comes nearly a year after AAFM originally rejected CLF’s petition for stricter standards for agricultural operations. However, the context…

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Blue-Green Algae Causes Burlington Beach Closure
by Rebekah Weber

Monday’s closure of two popular beaches in Burlington is a stark reminder of why Vermont’s focus on water quality is so timely and important. Sightings of blue-green algae along the Burlington shoreline prompted low alert warnings last Friday and led to beach closures in the area earlier this week.

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Settlement on Large Transmission Project Adds Benefits for Communities, Environment, and Climate
by Sandy Levine

Conservation Law Foundation recently reached a settlement in a Vermont permitting case for a large new electric transmission project proposed by TDI-NE. The settlement adds significant benefits to a project planned to bring additional power from Canada into New England. The settlement ensures that the power being transmitted comes from hydro, wind, and solar projects…