This month, the Vermont Land Trust sold the 112-acre Gilbert’s Hill property along Route 12 to new owners Mary Margaret Sloan and Howard Krum. The land is now permanently protected for public recreation, historic preservation, and natural and scenic resources
Vermont's Weatherization Program helps low-income homeowners and renters to reduce their energy usage, lower their utility bills, and improve the overall comfort and safety of their homes. Priority is given to people getting Fuel Assistance, high energy use homes, families with young children, older Vermonters and people with disabilities
Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) Commissioner Chris Recchia announced today that the PSD has reached an agreement with Green Mountain Power (GMP) that, pending Public Service Board approval, will result in a 0.93% rate increase for GMP customers in the coming year. The new electric rates are due to take effect on October 1, 2016. The increase is just below the current 1% US rate of inflation. For the previous three out of four years, GMP customers’ bills had decreased. This year, base rates will decrease .03% but overall rates will modestly increase by .93% due to an increase in power supply costs.
Secretary of State Jim Condos would like to remind all Vermonters that the deadline to register to vote in the August 9th Statewide Primary is Wednesday, August 3rd. "Voting is the very basis of our democracy," said Secretary Condos, "I encourage everyone to get out and participate in Vermont's Primary on August 9th."
Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed S. 260, a bill designed to improve regional and town energy planning and to enhance community input into the siting of energy projects.
Gov. Peter Shumlin released today preliminary test results from private water supplies surrounding two former wire-coating facilities in Essex and Winooski. All samples showed no presence of the potentially harmful chemicals PFOA and PFOS.
Gov. Peter Shumlin today released drinking water test results for PFOA from a new area of testing south of the Bennington Landfill. Of the 40 wells, three had no detection of PFOA, three had below 20 parts per trillion, and 34 had detections above 20 parts per trillion. The highest detection in was 201 ppt. Vermont's health advisory level for drinking water is 20 parts per trillion. The majority of the new results were from residences with private wells.
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today new results from five water samples collected near the Pittsford Fire Academy. The results were received as part of the first batch of testing in the State’s effort to proactively investigate 11 additional sites statewide where perfluorocarbons may have been used
Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces Preliminary Agreement with Property Owner to Redevelop Burlington Town Center...
Redevelopment would create and preserve hundreds of downtown jobs and homes and completely rebuild and modernize mall’s downtown retail; Agreement commits owner to restoring public streets lost during Urban Renewal, paying construction workers livable wages, developing more than 50 permanently affordable home
GOV. SHUMLIN HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS IN REDUCING HOMELESSNESS AND RE-CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO ENDING FAMILY HOMELESSNESS...
A year after establishing a commitment to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a 28 percent decline in homelessness in the last year and issued a new Executive Order to increase access to affordable housing. The Order calls for owners of housing that receive state funds to make available at least 15 percent of their portfolio of housing units to Vermonters experiencing homelessness.
The 49-acre Kaiser Farm is nestled into Stowe’s picturesque Nebraska Valley. Christine Kaiser has farmed there for decades, producing eggs, pork, chicken, and goat milk in the valley’s meadows. Christine has managed her grassland and barnyards with an eye towards water quality because Miller Brook passes through the land. She is now working with Vermont Land Trust (VLT), Stowe Land Trust (SLT), and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conserve the farm and make sure the stream is permanently protected.
Our brains process information differently. When making important life decisions, we weigh a few factors deliberately (slowly). But for hundreds of other factors, we must rely on intuitive judgment — and we weigh these unconsciously (quickly). Even if in our slow thinking we work to avoid discrimination, it can easily creep into our fast thinking
Gov. Peter Shumlin today provided an update on the State’s response to the detection of the chemical PFOA in southern Vermont and provided information on additional testing that will be conducted around the state. These additional tests are not a result of specific concerns for drinking water safety. Rather, they are being conducted at sites where the State believes PFOA may have been used in certain manufacturing processes
Gov. Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith, and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell today announced the formation of the Vermont Hydropower Working Group, which will assess the partial or full acquisition of hydropower assets on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers currently for sale by TransCanada. The Working Group will thoroughly but expeditiously consider the potential acquisition of these assets in the coming weeks
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Friday joined 205 other current and former members of Congress in filing an amicus brief supporting the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which would protect public health and create jobs by setting the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gasses. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering a challenge to the Clean Power Plan in West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency
Gov. Peter Shumlin today provided an update on surface water testing from Bennington and North Bennington. Ten water samples were taken for testing from local creeks and ponds at locations around the former Chemfab facilities to help determine the source and extent of PFOA contamination.
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The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy announced they will sell up to 13 parcels of forestland they own as the Atlas Timberland Partnership, a joint venture the organizations formed in 1997.