Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vermont Environmental News, February 24, 2011

Felt-bottomed waders to be banned | Bennington Banner
Come April 1, owners of felt-bottomed waders or shoes will not be allowed to walk with them in Vermont’s waterways.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Department, the law was passed to stop the spread of invasive species, the spores and eggs of which can stick to the felt soles and survive long enough to be carried to another watershed.

Officials are particularly concerned over the spread of didymo, an algae commonly referred to as "rock snot," and whirling disease of fish, caused by a microscopic parasite that deforms the animals’ skeletons and damages them neurological, causing them to swim in "whirling" patterns.
Essex Junction, farm reach agreement on spreading sludge | The Burlington Free Press
The village of Essex Junction has signed an agreement to manage liquid biosolids, or sludge, with a local farm.

The Whitcomb Farm, in conjunction with the Chittenden Solid Waste District and New England Organics, has agreed to use 1.3 million gallons of certified liquid biosolids from the village for subsurface injection as fertilizer at the farm, the village said in a news release.

Water Quality Superintendent James Jutras said biosolids are the treated byproduct of the wastewater treatment process. The village already is recycling this material with the Whitcomb Farm.
Vt. company gets once-denied solar tax credit |
A Vermont company that installed 936 solar panels at its Springfield factory is going to be able to take advantage of a state tax credit after all.

The budget adjustment bill signed last week by Gov. Peter Shumlin contained the credit that the IVEK Corp. had expected after it built the solar array.

IVEK officials completed the array last year, but they missed the credit because officials were unaware of a decision to require another form for the tax credits, which was due July 31. The company didn't find out in time.
Vermont baitfish rules aimed at preventing disease | The Burlington Free Press
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is reminding ice fishermen that the state's restrictions on the use of baitfish are still in effect to protect the state's fish from disease.

Fisheries biologist Shawn Good says the viral hemorrhagic septicemia killed hundreds of thousands of fish in the Great Lakes and several inland waters after turning up in Lake Ontario in 2005. Baitfish restrictions have helped stop the spread of the disease.