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VNRC Seeks Water Program Director

VNRC is hiring a Water Program Director to oversee VNRC’s work on the implementation and enforcement of Vermont’s water quality laws, including recently enacted legislation to clean up Lake Champlain and the 2008 Groundwater Protection Act; initiate new programs and projects to protect the state’s water resources; advance related legislation in Vermont’s statehouse; participate in targeted litigation; and work closely with our Forests & Wildlife, Energy & Climate Action, and Sustainable Communities Programs on an integrated approach to meeting the challenges facing Vermont’s environment and communities in an era of climate change. Read more for position description and how to apply.

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VNRC, CLF Comments on Lake Champlain Pollution Limits

Despite decades of cleanup efforts, the health of many segments of the lake continues to decline. The draft 2015 TMDL is therefore critically important to addressing phosphorus pollution and complying with federal mandates under the Clean Water Act (CWA). While we commend EPA and the State of Vermont for their effort to conduct a detailed and thorough investigation of phosphorus loading into Lake Champlain, the draft the draft 2015 TMDL does not incorporate the three key components of a successful TMDL in a number of its provisions and, therefore, EPA cannot be reasonably assured that phosphorus pollution will actually be reduced in the Lake Champlain watershed.

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Strip Development Prevention and Revitalization

During the 2014 legislative session, VNRC helped pass an important change to Act 250: the Criterion 9L update, which is meant to help prevent strip development in our rural areas, and to help revitalize areas where strip development already exists. But our work isn’t done just because the law is on the books. Now, we’re helping it work effectively by commenting on draft guidance published by the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Natural Resources Board. Read VNRC’s comments and suggestions on making 9L work here. Questions? Contact Kate McCarthy, VNRC’s sustainable communities program director, at

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Rutland Herald and Times Argus Weigh in on Exit 4 Development

The Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus recently published a powerful editorial about the large, sprawling development proposed for the I-89 interchange at Exit 4 in Randolph. The editorial offers a broad and useful perspective on the issue by underscoring the big, varied, and important reasons we need to be extremely careful about how we develop land in Vermont – reasons that extend well beyond Randolph’s and even Vermont’s borders. The editorial, which ran October 1, captures all the reasons ­­– economic, aesthetic, even cultural – that this proposal is not good for the state.

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival Moved to Spring 2016

Please note that the Wild and Scenic Film Festival has been rescheduled to the Spring of 2016. We’ll be announcing more details this winter.



VECAN’s 8th Annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference

VECAN and University of Vermont Extension are once again hosting the annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – an event aimed at inspiring, supporting and growing the statewide network of town energy committees and building the capacity and expertise of any Vermonter interested in helping the state meet it’s efficiency, renewable energy and climate change goals.

This event offers unparalleled networking opportunities, exhibits from leading businesses and organizations, fantastic workshops and a keynote you don’t want to miss – Richard Heinberg – Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.

Start Date: December 5 @ 8:00 am
End Date: December 5 @ 5:30 pm

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December 2014 E-News

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October 2014 E-News

Wildlife Double Whammy: Fragmentation of Large Forest Blocks, Climate Change, Pose Threats; Vermont Conservation Voters Scores, Endorses, Lawmakers As Election Day Approaches; Vermonters Urged to Button Up Homes this Saturday to Save Energy, Cash and Climate Pollution; In the Woods: Mammal Tracks and Scat Guide Written by Vermont Forester is Now for Sale; AVCC Annual Meeting/Conservation Summit is this Saturday, November 1, in Montpelier; National Supermarket Chain Whole Foods Now Rating Produce for Environmental Impact

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September 2014 E-News

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August 2014 E-News

Fall (yes, it’s on its way) is one of our favorite times of year, for lots of reasons. Fall is a time when we celebrate VNRC, our members, and some of Vermont’s environmental leaders at our Annual Meeting. This year, it’s set for September 18 at the Old Lantern Barn in Charlotte. Please join us!

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