Public Meeting re. Whipstock Hill Draft Management Plan August 23

As part of the ongoing development of the long-range management plan for Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area, the Vermont Departments of Fish & Wildlife and Forests, Parks & Recreation are hosting a public meeting for the release of the draft plan.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
One World Conservation Center
413 US Route 7S
Bennington, VT  05201

State Seeks Input on Draft Plan to Restore Lake Champlain

Public Meetings Scheduled for End of August

August 9, 2016

MONTPELIER — The State of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. The plan, entitled “Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan,” outlines actions the State must take to reduce phosphorus pollution sources that currently compromise State waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a set of phosphorus pollution targets in June that the State must meet in its phase 1 plan.

Public Alert System Deployed for Sewage Releases into Vermont Lakes and Rivers


Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a new public alert system that enables subscribers to receive email or text message notifications when sewage and unpermitted discharges release into Vermont’s lakes, rivers, and ponds.

“We are pleased to launch this new system. It will allow Vermonters to have prompt notification of potential threats to public health and the environment, and to immediately adjust their recreation plans if necessary,” states DEC Commissioner Alyssa Schuren.

Natural solutions to manage stormwater protect water quality and save money

State agencies release progress reports on using “green infrastructure” to achieve clean water

Four State agencies have just released their Annual Green Infrastructure Progress Reports. The reports are a result of an executive order signed by Governor Shumlin in 2012, directing state agencies to promote and demonstrate how we can use natural systems as a cost effective alternative approach to managing stormwater runoff.

Less Waste, More Recycling: Leaf and Yard Rules in Effect

Vermont is taking the next step to reduce waste with a ban on leaf, yard and clean wood debris in landfills, effective July 1, 2016. The landfill ban is part of the 2012 Universal Recycling law (Act 148), which was enacted to increase recycling rates, decrease waste in landfills, and ensure that materials are managed sustainably. 

“Vermonters can help the environment and save money by recycling, and that includes recycling organic materials like leaves and clean wood,” said Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz.

State Reminds Gold Prospectors to Obtain Permits For Sluice Boxes

MONTPELIER, VT – While gold prospecting is a fun summertime activity, the Agency of Natural Resources reminds the public that while anyone can pan for gold by hand, a state permit is required when using a sluice box. 

Recently, Environmental Enforcement Officers and Game Wardens made contact with several recreational mineral (gold) prospectors in and around streams in southeastern Vermont.  Most prospectors were complying with Vermont law. However, three people were issued Environmental Citations for using sluice boxes in streams without a permit from the agency.


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