Friday, September 17, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, September 17, 2010

Efforts to revive trout in Vt.'s Batten Kill |
Efforts are continuing to restore stream habitat in Vermont's famous Batten Kill trout river.

Since 2006, the state and federal governments have been working with the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance to improve habitat in the river that flows from Arlington into New York by adding woody vegetation and stone structures beneath which trout can hide from predators, stay cool and wait for food.

The Batten Kill is famous among trout anglers for its elusive wild brook and brown trout, but scientists were concerned by a drop in the trout population in recent years that was traced to habitat loss.
Organic products groups moves from Mass. to Vt. |
An organization that represents 1,500 North American businesses in the organic products industry is moving its headquarters from Massachusetts to Vermont.

The Organic Trade Association has announced that it will move operations about 20 miles from Greenfield to Brattleboro, Vt. this fall. About a dozen employees will make the move.

A spokeswoman for the organization founded in Massachusetts in 1985 tells The Recorder of Greenfield that the move was sparked by a desire for a more modern, handicapped-accessible space; an $86,300 grant from the Vermont Economic Progress Council; and Vermont's reputation as a top organic food producer.
Vt. products star in special Ben and Jerry's flavors | WCAX.COM
Ben and Jerry's is celebrating Eat Local Week with some new flavors featuring Vermont products.

The Ben and Jerry's scoop shop on Church Street in Burlington handed out free samples Thursday of their localvore flavors. Eden Cider sorbet, pumpkin sundae with praline bacon and the Vermont Cookie Love chocolate almond, are made from fresh local ingredients. The company's flavor gurus say Vermont's surroundings inspired the unique combinations.
Vermont's clean energy efforts get $140 million boost | The Burlington Free Press
The three members of Vermont's congressional delegation say the state's clean energy efforts have been given a $140 million boost from federal recovery money.

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch say the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is creating jobs, upgrading the energy infrastructure and laying the groundwork for future economic development.

A report by the U.S. Department of Energy says the efforts have included local energy efficiency grants, statewide implementation of smart grid technologies and investments in energy-related businesses.