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USDA to invest $45 million to improve water quality in Lake Champlain

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:22am -- tim

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that up to $45 million will be provided to protect and improve soil and water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont over the next five years. In recent years, Lake Champlain has been plagued by blue-green algae blooms that periodically become toxic. The algae blooms are the result of degraded water quality, primarily due to phosphorous pollution. Phosphorus can affect water quality by enabling excessive aquatic plant and algae growth, which can contribute to fish die offs and other environmental impacts. 

FairPoint and unions at impasse, company implements proposals

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following months of negotiations between FairPoint and its northern New England Unions, and after talks remained deadlocked more than three weeks after the prior collective bargaining agreements expired, the company announced Wednesday that it will implement its final proposals, which have been repeatedly rejected by the unions. FairPoint said in a statement that this action is permitted by federal labor law when there is no meaningful prospect for a negotiated settlement.

UVM launches online graduate certificate in environmental public health

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:56am -- tim

As part of its graduate public health offerings, the University of Vermont is offering a new online Environmental Public Health graduate certificate program to give students the opportunity to study environmental public health, epidemiology, public health and health policy, as well as electives in environmental risk and communication, food systems and public health and environmental public health law.  

Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative will treat six rivers and three river deltas to control sea lamprey populations

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:43am -- tim

The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative (Cooperative) will be applying lampricides to portions of six tributaries and three delta areas of Lake Champlain during the months of September and October. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be treating the Boquet, Ausable, Little Ausable, Salmon, and the Great Chazy rivers in New York and Lewis Creek in Vermont as part of the Cooperative’s long-term sea lamprey control program for Lake Champlain.

Grant will help Vermont track and manage spread of white-nose syndrome in bat populations

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:59am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) says Vermont will receive a $42,895 grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to support research and monitoring of bat populations as the insidious white-nose syndrome continues to spread in Vermont, the Northeast, and beyond. Discovered in 2006 near Albany, NY, white-nose syndrome (WNS) affects hibernating bats through a fungal infection on the muzzle and other parts of the body. Affected bats act strangely and put themselves at risk during cold winter months by flying outside and clustering near the entrance of caves, according to FWS.

Sprint network awarded #1 ranking in call performance in Vermont

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:52am -- tim

Sprint has announced that its all-new network in Vermont received the first-place RootScore Award for call performance and shared the first-place RootScore Award for text performance according to a recent report by independent testing company RootMetrics. Last week Sprint also introduced new shared data plans that offer double the high-speed data at the same price as AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Department of Energy announces environmental review for the New England Clean Power Link

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:20am -- tim

TDI New England announced today that the United States Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed New England Clean Power Link transmission project. The link will carry power from the Quebec-Vermont border, under Lake Champlain and then over-land to Ludlow. This review will be done in response to TDI New England’s application for a Presidential Permit, which was filed in May 2014.

PC Construction was recently named one of 2014’s top 200 environmental firms in the nation

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:15am -- tim

PC Construction of South Burlington was recently named as one of 2014’s Top 200 Environmental Firms in the country by Engineering News-Record (ENR), the construction industry’s trusted source for breaking news, data, and analysis. This year PC Construction placed 47th in the top 200 environmental firms and 15th in the wastewater treatment category.

Free online certification for Vermont diesel truck drivers and fleet managers available

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:49am -- tim

Free training and certification for Vermont diesel truck drivers and fleet managers about the benefits of idling reduction is now available online. This program can have a powerful impact resulting in cost savings, increased vehicle efficiency, reduced number of employee sick days, and reduced environmental impacts.

EPA provides additional $750,000 for brownfields cleanups in Vermont

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:22pm -- tim

EPA has provided additional grants of $3.275 million in supplemental funding for communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont to carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects at contaminated Brownfields properties. The projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment. Two Vermont agencies will get a total of $750,000.

The supplemental funds will support an array of cleanup and redevelopment projects in the following New England locations:

Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas to launch new book at UVM

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:08pm -- tim

Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas will discuss his new book The Vermont Way at the University of Vermont at 2 pm on Wednesday, September 3 in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill. UVM President Tom Sullivan will introduce Governor Douglas, who will sign books after his talk. The event is cosponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont and the UVM Department of Political Science.

Green Mountain Power gets PSB approval to lower rates 2.46 percent October 1

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:03pm -- tim

Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced today that state regulators have approved the company’s proposal to decrease electric rates by 2.46 percent for residential and commercial customers starting October 1. The rate decrease will be the second decrease offered by GMP in three years and is part of the company’s mission to deliver reliable, clean and cost-effective power to its customers.