Monday, October 18, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, October 18, 2010

Stonyfield Farm turns to plants for packaging yogurt | The Burlington Free Press
Concernedmoms won't notice much different about the thin plastic containers of organic baby yogurt. But Stonyfield Farm Inc. hopes they do.

Responding to health concerns about possible carcinogens in the former polystyrene
containers, the organic yogurt company announced Wednesday it has switched to a plastic made from corn — one of the first plant-based containers for the dairy industry and believed to be the first for yogurt.
Vt. city could get federal stormwater relief help | Boston.com
The Vermont city of Rutland could get $1 million from the federal government to help pay for a flood control project.

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch says the House Appropriations Subcommittee has approved the funding and he expects the measure to pass the full House before the end of the year.

The Rutland Herald says officials estimate it will cost $5 million to upgrade the city's storm drainage system, which during heavy storms combines with sewage and overwhelms the city's treatment system.
Vermont man documents our changing forests | WCAX.COM
What kind of forests did the first residents of Vermont encounter when they first settled the land over 230 years ago? It's a question that has consumed Charlie Cogbill for going on nearly 30 years. The Central Vermont-based historical ecologist has been sifting through state archives and town halls like the one in Calais to find old maps and written field notes from early surveyors.
Experts say whitefish rebounding in Lake Champlain | Boston.com
University of Vermont researchers say the population of whitefish is rebounding in Lake Champlain.

Experts studying the fish species for the first time in 80 years say two-years of study of about 500 whitefish found a wide range of size and age, indicating a healthy population.

In 1912, commercial fishermen harvested 70,000 pounds of whitefish in nets.

UVM fisheries professor Ellen Marsden says experts aren't sure what caused the whitefish to decline.