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Farmers discuss water quality, soil health

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Charlie Mitchell



MIDDLEBURY — What is the biggest threat to farming in Addison County? Jon Turner, a veteran farmer who runs Wild Roots Farm with his family in Bristol, says it’s the conversations we’re not having.

That’s why he and Molly Anderson, Middlebury College professor of Food Studies, organized a Nov. 9 forum to give farmers a microphone to describe what they do and why they do it.

A panel of three farmers discussed the challenges of caring for the land and water while making a living in agriculture in Addison County.

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Grants offered to improve water quality: Farmers can apply for $40K in funds

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), has announced the availability of grant funds for on-farm capital improvement projects. Eligible farmers can apply for Water Quality Grants or Dairy Improvement Grants, both of which allow up to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required for both grants and may include federal or state grants as well as cash or loans. Upcoming application deadlines and eligibility requirements for both grant programs are available on the Viability Program website.

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Feds seek Champlain cleanup cuts; state pushes back: EPA chief, Vermonters at odds over who pays $2B price tag

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Story by John Flowers, Gaen Murphree, Will DiGravio and John S. McCright

VERMONT — Strides have been made toward cleaning up Lake Champlain since the Vermont Legislature two years ago passed Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Lake Champlain phosphorus-reduction targets last summer.

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Towns, farms are full steam ahead on water quality

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERMONT — While politicians and federal agencies jockey to pay for the $2.3 billion clean up of Lake Champlain and improvement of Vermont’s waters, state and local agencies tasked with making it all happen are moving full speed ahead.

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Conservation districts protecting rivers

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



WAITSFIELD, — This spring, Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Districts (NRCDs) have planted trees on over 20 acres of buffers on stream banks and shorelines throughout the state to help protect water quality.

Over the past four years, over 60 acres of riparian buffers have been installed throughout Vermont through the Trees for Streams program, planting over 22,000 trees on nine miles of riverbanks and shorelines.

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Lake cleanup to result in tax increases

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Addison County lawmakers on Monday converged on the Weybridge Congregational Church to continue a debate that has been reverberating in the Statehouse: How to pay the state’s share of the estimated $2.3 billion cost of cleaning up Lake Champlain and its tributaries.

The discussion centered on Act 64, aka the Clean Water Act, a massive cleanup effort that involves municipal sewer plants, farmers, and the many impermeable surfaces — including roads and parking lots — over which water can travel on its way to the lake.

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As Vt. cities discuss sewer plant overflows, Vergennes pressured to fix problem

Posted on September 14, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With a meeting looming of cities and towns dealing with overflowing municipal sewer systems, last week Vergennes officials once again discussed their city system’s persistent habit of dumping wastewater into Otter Creek — and the expensive state order to fix the problem that is almost certainly on the way.

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Editorial: What Vermont needs on water quality is a change in attitude

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What’s encouraging about Vermont’s Lakeshore Protection Act, which was passed a year ago and became law last July, is that the state bureaucracy has implemented rules that are working to accommodate landowners’ desires while also mitigating further harm to water quality. (See story in today's edition.)

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Farmers debate their role in Lake Champlain cleanup

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRIDPORT — A bill before the Legislature that aims to clean up Lake Champlain was the hot topic of a Monday legislative luncheon that focused on agricultural issues.

Two members of the House of Representatives, Democrat David Sharpe of Bristol and Republican Harvey Smith of New Haven, were on hand at the Bridport Community Hall to hear residents’ concerns about the bill and other farming topics.

The bill, H.35, would limit municipal, commercial and agricultural sources of pollution into the Lake Champlain watershed.

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