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Group plans utility cable under Lake Champlain

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON — With Vermont Gas having pulled the plug on its Phase II natural gas pipeline plan, attention is now shifting to another project designed to funnel energy through Lake Champlain — although the proposal in question has not drawn the same controversy that the Vermont Gas application generated.

At issue is the New England Clean Power Link, a proposal by TDI New England for a 1,000-megawatt, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that would stretch south from the Canadian border at Alburgh to Ludlow.

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Group questions Vergennes snow dumping methods

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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VERGENNES — 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’ majestic falls.

That’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.

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Opinion: Change needed in water policies

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By David Brynn



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.

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.

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Feds promise $16 million in grants for lake

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MONTPELIER — The federal government on Wednesday announced $16 million in funds to help Vermont and New York clean up their greatest shared resource — Lake Champlain.

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’s largest bodies of fresh water.

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Farmers to Shumlin: Lay off Current Use

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — 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’s Current Use tax program to penalize farmers who pollute waterways.

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.

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Opinion: Different approach needed for Lake Champlain cleanup

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By David Brynn



The Addison Independent 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.

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Vermont Gas defends underwater drilling process

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — 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.

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Opinion: Feds' bucks for Lake Champlain just throwing money at problem

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By James H. Maroney Jr.



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Feds promise $45 million for Lake Champlain

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BURLINGTON — 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.

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Does algae threaten Lake Champlain drinking water?

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Jenevra Wetmore



VERMONT — For three days early this August Ohio’s fourth-largest city had no drinking water. Toledo’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.

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