Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, June 9, 2010

Marina expansion plans making waves - WCAX.COM
A group of Colchester neighbors is taking a local marina to court over plans to expand the length of its dock to accommodate more boats. In addition to concerns about noise and environmental impact in the small part of Malletts Bay, the group says the case hinges on an even more important point-- protecting public use and drawing the line on excessive growth.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources gave the Champlain Marina a permit to lengthen one its two docks nearly 180 feet to accommodate an additional 16 large boats. A group of 27 neighbors in Spaulding Bay are appealing the permit. Lawyers for the neighbors argue that in addition to concerns over excessive noise and environmental impacts to the shoreline, an expanded dock will create a bottleneck for smaller boaters that use the adjacent state public access. On busy summer weekends the public boat launch is one of the most popular on the lake.
New England forest forum draws a throng: Times Argus Online
A standing-room only crowd attended a New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) conference on a breakthrough Harvard Forest report focused on saving the region's forests at a time of development threat and climate challenge.

The day-long program of speakers and workshops at the Grappone Center in Concord, N.H., Friday, which featured the Harvard Forest's Wildlands and Woodlands study and a keynote address by Pinchot Institute president Dr. Al Sample, was an overwhelming success, said Lynn Lyford, executive director of Littleton, Mass.-based NEFF.
Agriculture secretary Allbee gets additional post | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee is taking on another title.

On Tuesday, Allbee was unanimously elected president of the Northeast Association of the State Departments of Agriculture.

The department is made up of the Association of Commissioners and Secretaries of Agriculture from 10 Northeastern States. The association focuses on issues of common interest to those states. The regional commission is part of the National Association of the State Departments of Agriculture.
Montpelier in search of sidewalk grants: Times Argus Online
The city of Montpelier is trying to secure grant money that would make life better for cyclists and pedestrians in the Capital City.

In a letter Montpelier Director of Public Works Todd Law sent to the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Law outlines the city's intent to seek 2011 Transportation Enhancement Grants to build sidewalk extensions on Elm Street, Northfield Street and Towne Hill Road.