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USDA awards $658,175 in research grants for UVM

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:47am -- tim

The University of Vermont Extension program has received two grants totaling over $650,000 for agricultural research. Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) made the announcement Wednesday. The grant announcement is the most recent step in implementing the 2014 Farm Bill. Leahy, the senior most member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, was a conferee on the bill. The grants will be used to study soil quality on Vermont farms, focusing on sustainable practices while preventing soil erosion and improving crop productivity.

Vermont PSD sets inaugural meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel for Sept 25

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:39am -- tim

The Public Service Department announced Wednesday that the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP), created by the legislature in Act 179 to succeed the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel, will be held on September 25, 2014, from 6 pm to 9 pm, in the multi-purpose room at Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road in Brattleboro.

State gets $891,697 under farm bill for economic development in Northern Vermont

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont’s congressional delegation -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) – and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) Thursday announced that the state will receive $891,679 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds for economic development projects in Northern Vermont. This is a $400,000 increase over funds awarded in Vermont last year.

Proposed solar arrays spark concern in New Haven

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:40am -- tim

by John Herrick A Vermont solar company is looking at a New Haven farm as the location for one of the state’s largest solar projects. The White River Junction based solar developer and installer, groSolar, told the New Haven Selectboard on Tuesday it hopes to build two 5-megawatt solar arrays in the town. One, at the Sawyer Farm north of Vermont 17, would be about 40 acres in size.

Vermont’s largest waste industry solar project goes online

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:17am -- tim

Soltage-Greenwood, a joint venture between premier North American solar power provider Soltage, LLC, and Greenwood Energy, the North and Latin American clean energy division of the Libra Group, announced Wednesday the official commissioning of a 2.7-megawatt (MW) solar power system located on Casella Waste Systems’ Coventry, Vermont, landfill site. The array is the largest solar project built on a landfill site in Vermont, and is expected to generate 3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually from more than 9,000 solar panels. It was connected to the grid August 15.

Timbervest LLC acquires 1,270 acres in Vermont

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:51am -- tim

Timbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timber-related assets and investments, has announced it acquired 13,220 acres of timberland for its Timbervest Partners III, LP (TVP III) investment fund. The $400 million commingled fund consists of 250,000 acres of timberland located throughout the country, and is comprised of institutional and high-net-worth investors. The Vermont acquisition of 1,270 acres brings its holdings here to 14,220 acres.

Spiny water flea not expected to have major impact on Lake Champlain fishing

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:28am -- tim

A new aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, was recently identified in Lake Champlain, but biologists with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department do not believe the species will have a dramatic effect on fishing opportunities in the lake, or on most of the lake’s native plants and animals. Spiny water fleas have been in the Great Lakes since the 1980s, giving researchers several decades to study what happens when this species arrives in a new water body. According to Shawn Good, fisheries biologist and head of the department’s aquatic invasive species team, while spiny water f

US EPA announces proposed modification for the BFI Rockingham landfill superfund site remedy

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:36am -- tim

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends modifications to the remedy at the BFI Rockingham Landfill Superfund Site (Site) in Rockingham, VT. The remedy modifications include an increased timeframe to cleanup Site groundwater, additional groundwater restrictions to prevent exposure to contaminated groundwater, and revised cleanup levels for two Site contaminants, arsenic and lead, to ensure the remedy remains protective of human health and the environment based on changes to the federal and state standards for these metals.

Working Lands Enterprise Board announces Vermont forest economy systems analysis project

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:58am -- tim

The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB), in collaboration with the St. Albans-based Yellow Wood Associates (YWA), is pleased to announce the commencement of an in-depth analysis of the forestry and wood products industry in Vermont. With direction from the WLEB, YWA will engage stakeholders across all sectors of Vermont's forest and wood products economy to better understand the current state of the industry and identify opportunities for future strategic investment.

Loons post record year for nesting success, bald eagle nesting down

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:42am -- tim

Vermont’s loon population had a record year for nesting success, producing 65 fledglings, or chicks that survived to leave the nest, on lakes and ponds throughout the state. Loons faced dramatic declines in the 20th century mostly due to shoreline development and human disturbance of loon habitat, but were removed from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005 following decades of recovery efforts. Peregrine falcons, which als

Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel donates over $4,000 worth of fall boots to Lund

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:20am -- tim

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel in Williston has donated $4,375 worth of fall boots to Lund. The 35 pairs of red, green and black Martino boots will be distributed among young women in the residential and education programs at Lund. The integrated family support, education, treatment and adoption programs at Lund served over 3,500 women, men and children across the state last year. 

Vermont Tech and CCV institute new renewable energy pathway

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:00am -- tim

Vermont Tech and the Community College of Vermont (CCV) have announced a new collaboration between the colleges. Effective immediately, students who have earned CCV’s STEM Studies associate degree will be able to transfer into Vermont Tech’s Renewable Energy Bachelor of Science degree program. The pathway guarantees admission for CCV graduates with a 2.0 or higher grade point average, provided they have completed a minimum of 60 pre-approved transfer credits.