Monday, June 21, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, June 21, 2010

Public hearing to be held on deer proposal | The Burlington Free Press
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's annual proposal for a regulated deer harvest, based on scientific information and public input, was presented to the Fish and Wildlife Board on April 21.

The board amended the proposal to include antlerless permits for Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) I and WMU L and approved the amended proposal on the first of three votes necessary to make it law.

The Fish and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed regulation Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State St., in Montpelier.
Vermont Supreme Court reverses Colchester land ruling | The Burlington Free Press
Developers will not be required to pay compensation for about 11 acres of prime agricultural land they paved over in Colchester last year, the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled.

The decision reverses an earlier ruling by the state Environmental Court, which found that a forested swath of what is now Brookside Village merited the payment of "mitigation fees," which normally are invested in off-site land or housing conservation projects.
Way-to-Go! commuters recognized at Statehouse | The Burlington Free Press
Targeting solo car travel -- and reveling in the alternatives -- dozens of Vermonters received honors Friday morning on the Statehouse lawn for boosting healthy and energy-efficient commuting options.

Gov. Jim Douglas oversaw the distribution of Way to Go! Commuter Challenge awards to businesses, schools and communities with conspicuously robust participation.
Phosphate ban to take effect in July | WCAX.COM
This summer a new ban on a common household cleaner might help in continuing efforts to beautify Lake Champlain.

Beginning July 1, stores in Vermont are no longer allowed to sell dishwasher detergent containing phosphorous. Experts say this is just one step of many the state can take to help beautify Lake Champlain. Mary Watzin, UVM aquatic ecology professor says every little bit helps.
Shelburne Shipyard recognized as Vermont's First Clean Marina
Shelburne Shipyard has been recognized by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as Vermont's First Clean Marina. This recognition is for the marina's ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the quality of Vermont's environment.

The New Clean Marina initiative recognizes marinas as Environmental Partners after eight environmental standards have been met. Credit is given for a broad array of best management practices including energy conservation, environmentally preferable purchasing, and water conservation.
Q&A: Lawrence Mott, Chair of Renewable Energy Vermont Board | The Burlington Free Press
Click here for a Q&A with Lawrence Mott, managing director of Bristol-based New Generation Partners, and board chairman of Montpelier-based nonprofit Renewable Energy Vermont.
State announces $2.9 million in grants for businesses, affordable housing | Vtdigger.org
A wood pellet plant in Island Pond and a social service organization in Barre were among nine Vermont projects that will share almost $3 million in state grant funds.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie announced the award of $2.9 million in Vermont Community Development Program grants at a ceremony at the P & S Furniture Store in Barre, which is slated to become the new home of the Central Vermont Community Action Council with the help of an $800,000 grant to the City of Barre.