Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, July 6, 2010

Vt. scientists seek pollution results in one river | Boston.com
Scientists trying to clean up Lake Champlain are going to focus on one northwestern Vermont river to see if they can improve water quality by reducing polluted runoff from farm fields.

The $100,000 project for the Rock River is designed to work with farmers in Franklin and Highgate and try to reduce the amount of phosphorous pollution that reaches the river and then Lake Champlain.
New England power grid upgrades for quick data | Boston.com
Potential outages and other disruptions on New England's power grid will be spotted more quickly as the region's grid operator installs new equipment paid for by federal stimulus money.

ISO-New England says it will use an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install high-speed sensors that monitor voltage and other conditions on the grid. The smart-grid devices will relay information 30 times a second, up from once every four seconds.
Vermont, Intervale Compost reach deal | The Burlington Free Press
Chittenden Solid Waste District will continue to compost food waste in Burlington's Intervale until March 1, thanks to an 11th-hour agreement with the state Attorney General's Office.

The operation, known as Intervale Compost, was to have closed Wednesday, under a court-approved deal last year with the state.

That would have forced the district to spend thousands of dollars to ship more than 44 tons a week of food waste to operators outside the county -- or to shut down the well-established composting program until a new $1.25 million compost operation opens in Williston next year.

Instead, the district agreed to pay the state $10,000 to be used on an unspecified environmental project, and the attorney general agreed to amend the closure deadline to March 1, 2011.
Power line proposed for under Lake Champlain | The Burlington Free Press
A Toronto-based company is seeking federal permits for a $3.8 billion Quebec-New York City transmission line that involves burying four, 5-inch cables in the bed of Lake Champlain.

The Champlain-Hudson Power Express project would carry up to 2,000 megawatts of renewable electricity, providing a major new conduit between energy-rich eastern Canada and energy-hungry southern New England and New York.

“We’ll bring new renewable energy into the market. It will lower prices and mean lower emissions,” Donald Jessome, president and CEO of Transmission Developers Inc., said last week.

Vermont would not be directly affected by the project. The line — two pairs of cables carrying direct current — would run 111 miles under Lake Champlain on the New York side of the lake. No Vermont permits are required.
Audubon Vermont helps landowners create shrubland | The Burlington Free Press

An interesting story about songbird habitat.