Farming and climate the focus of UVM study

From planting cover crops to transitioning toward no-till or reduced-till approaches, farmers throughout the state are implementing a variety of practices aimed at keeping phosphorus and other nutrients on their land and out of nearby waterways. 

Community leaders discuss water quality

There’s too much phosphorus in Lake Champlain, and it’s past time to do something about it.

New program pays farmers for phosphorus reductions

The Goodrich Farm in Salisbury is doing everything it can to keep up with technological changes in the agriculture industry that aim to keep damaging phosphorus out of Vermont rivers and lakes.

Letter to the editor: Nature has been good at policing phosphorus

Before we all inhabited Vermont there was a small population of indigenous people. Life was very hard and the population was small. Swamps were prevalent in and around Lake Champlain and its rivers. Agriculture was also very small. No paved highways. The … (read more)

Letter to the editor: After 30 years, phosphorus still poluting the lake

How it started: The Vermont Agricultural Water Quality Partnership was formed following enactment of the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act of 1990, sponsored by Vermont Sens. Patrick Leahy and Jim Jeffords and New York Sens. Patrick Moynihan and Alph … (read more)

New program will pay farmers to reduce phosphorus

VERMONT — Vermont farmers who go above and beyond state and federal regulations for reducing phosphorus runoff will soon be compensated for that extra work. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is launching the Vermont Pay-for-Phosp … (read more)

Phosphorus is the key to algae bloom explosion

VERMONT — Phosphorus, an element on the periodic table like iron and gold, is an essential part of all living beings. It’s part of the structure of DNA and RNA, molecules that carry genetic instructions for all organisms, and ATP and ADP, molecules in our … (read more)