Monday, September 27, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, September 27, 2010

Shumlin, Dubie share similar platform on wind | Times Argus Online
Two years ago, the contrast between the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor on the issue of large-scale wind power was clear.

This year, distinguishing between the major-party candidates’ views on wind power isn’t so easy. Both Republican Brian Dubie and Democrat Peter Shumlin have long championed utility-scale wind generation as a key component in Vermont’s energy future. Dubie’s stance on the issue, in fact, has been one of the more notable differences between him and Douglas.

As proposals to put up turbines divide towns across the state, however, both Dubie and Shumlin have adopted stances that try to underscore their support for wind power without alienating fierce anti-wind contingents in communities targeted by developers.
A Tale of Two Sea Lampreys | Times Argus Online
One state, one species of fish, two bodies of water — and two very different receptions. A single species of sea lamprey, an eel-like, jawless fish, is being welcomed back to the Connecticut River, even as a coalition of state and federal agencies is doing everything it can, including poisoning, to reduce the lamprey population in Lake Champlain. Why such different reactions to the same fish in the same state?
Tackling residential stormwater runoff | WCAX.COM
A pilot program in Colchester is tackling the stormwater runoff problem on the residential level.

It's the BLUE Certification Program and it's funded by state efforts to clean up Lake Champlain. Workers are going door-to-door in Malletts Bay to educate homeowners about what they can do to control runoff. The visit includes a free evaluation.