Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, October 13, 2010

Photo is a simulation of the Sheffield Wind Project as submitted by Petitioner Vermont Wind and prepared by LandWorks, Middlebury, VT.
Construction work begins at Sheffield wind site | The Burlington Free Press
Construction has started on a 16-turbine wind energy project in Sheffield, the first such project to be built in Vermont since the state’s only operating commercial wind farm was built in Searsburg 13 years ago. Vermont Wind, a subsidiary of Boston-based First Wind, has begun clearing trees and building roads to the project site on Granby Mountain and Libby Hill. First Wind spokesman John Lamontagne said he is not sure whether construction will start on the turbines this fall, or next spring. He said the company expects the wind farm to begin producing electricity next year. According to the company’s website, the Sheffield project would produce 115,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, which the company says is enough to power all the homes in Caledonia County. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents Vermont Wind)
Ferrisburgh school to host alternative energy fair | The Burlington Free Press
Alternative energy will take center stage at a fair Thursday night in Ferrisburgh, with the town's newly formed Energy Committee playing host to festivities for families and children.

The event, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, is set for the Ferrisburgh Central School and is being billed as a "fun and informative evening to learn about alternative energy," the committee said in a statement.

There will be hands-on art, literacy and science projects featuring wind energy, a new wind turbine, an on-site composting program, and a computer lab where power data are recorded. Committee members will be in attendance to answer questions and seek visitors' comments on a short survey.
Vermont Land Trust conserves Jericho farm | The Burlington Free Press

The land on a 236-year-old farm in Jericho has been conserved, the Vermont Land Trust announced Tuesday.

The conservation easement protects 148-acres of Barber Farm from development.

Charles and Jean Siegchrist own the farm. The Siegchrists lease the land to the nearby Jericho Settlers' Farm, which uses it to grow vegetables and graze beef cattle, sheep and chickens.

Since it was settled in 1774, the farm has produced, at various times, beef cattle, dairy products, vegetables, nursery stock, hay and pick-your-own berries.
Vt. ski area found in violation, fixes stream | WCAX.COM
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has ordered northern Vermont's Jay Peak Resort to fix wetlands and streams harmed by construction of the resort's golf course.

The resort was found in violation of the Clean Water Act when a construction company discharged fill materials into streams leading into Jay Branch Brook. The brook feeds the Missisquoi River, which flows into Lake Champlain.