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Four Environmental Groups Formally Oppose the Licensing of Swanton Dam as a Hydroelectric Facility

July 18th, 2016–Today, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Lake Champlain International (LCI) and Trout Unlimited (TU), formally lodged their objection to the licensing of the Swanton Dam as a hydroelectric facility, citing the dam’s significant impact on fisheries and water quality.


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VNRC Comments on Licensing of Swanton Dam as a Hydroelectric Facility

These comments were to the United States of America Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionon July 18th, 2016.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council, Lake Champlain International, Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Vermont Council of Trout Unlimited herein file comments on the Application for a Preliminary Permit (Application) for the Lower Swanton Dam Hydroelectric Project (Project), as filed for in the above proceeding and noticed by the Commission on May 17, 2016.

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10th Anniversary of the Vermont Forest Roundtable

10 years ago VNRC convened the first Forest Roundtable to bring people together who share a common interest in maintaining healthy forests that support wildlife and people through the many functions that they provide.  One of the first roundtable efforts was a report in 2007 on the status of forests and the increasing threat of forest fragmentation and parcelization. The report included priority recommendations for addressing these threats, including proactive tax policy, land use planning, landowner incentives, valuing ecosystem services, and maintaining a sustainable forest products economy.  Informed by the Roundtable, VNRC has worked to implement many of the Roundtable recommendations in partnership with many organizations and state and federal agencies.  Over the past 10 years, we have accomplished a lot, including:



VNRC Comments on Proposed Required Agricultural Practices

These comments were submitted to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets on July 7, 2016

Dear Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets:


The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has been advocating for clean water and sustainable communities that include vibrant village, town and city centers surrounded by working lands since we were founded in 1963. VNRC – and VNRC’s partner organization Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) – understands that the state must advance policies that allow for a healthy agricultural sector to thrive in order to realize this vision. A key part of achieving this vision is ensuring that farming occurs in a manner that minimizes water pollution.


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VNRC/VECAN Seeking Energy and Climate Action AmeriCorps Member

Do you want to work with diverse stakeholders and local leaders to help Vermont transition to a clean energy future? What about someone you know? The Vermont Natural Resources Council, coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), has an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual with interest and expertise in community outreach, communications and clean energy. This position will support VECAN’s work in particular to inform, mobilize and strengthen the work of solutions-oriented, grassroots energy committees in Vermont.


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Water Works Fair

Part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival – the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center and community partners will be hosting a Water Works Fair to celebrate and learn about Lake Champlain. The fair will be held in Waterfront Park adjacent to ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, with additional activities within a short walk from the venue at the Community Sailing Center and Perkins Pier.

This one-day event will provide visitors an engaging way to explore the ecology and experiences of Vermont’s greatest natural resource with hands-on activities and fun for all ages. Activities for participants will include, but not limited to identifying zooplankton, exploring Burlington’s water treatment facility with stormwater management tours, educational games, making a water filter and learning how to test water samples!

Start Date: July 31 @ 10:00 am
End Date: July 31 @ 2:00 pm

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June 2016

Headlines:  Gov Candidates Debate on Environmental Issues a Succes; First Annual Vermont Gives Day a Success; VNRC, VECAN Seeking AmeriCorps Member; Hooper Recognized by National Wildlife Federation; Energy Independent Vermont Webinar Series; Keeping Vermont Forest Strong; VNRC Monitors Proposed New Vista Project in Upper Valley; EPA Releases Lake Champlain Pollution Clean-up Plan; Rutland Solar Project Receives Accolades, National Interest; Stronger Water Quality Standards Needed on Farms; Vermont Leads Nation in Clean Energy Jobs; Conservation Funding Open to Forest Landowners in Connecticut River Watershed; Zero Energy Now Helps Homeowners Save Money.

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May 2016

Headlines: VNRC and Partners Launch FreeVtRivers.org to Highlight Benefits of Dam Removal; Vermont Gubernatorial Debate on Environmental Issues; Staying Connected Initiative Video; VNRC Weighs in on Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Protection Rules; VNRC Talks Smart Growth at Burlington Town Center Redevelopment Meeting; VNRC Sees Pros and Cons of State Dam Ownership; Trainings Continue to Help Landowners Conserve Forests; VNRC Meets with Jay Peak, State to Improve Water Quality at Resort; Opportunity to Weigh in on Farming Practices for Clean Water; Join the Vermont Climate Economy Partnership; Vermont Youth Lobby Day; Bike Service Now Available on Vermont Amtrak; Vermonters Now Storing Renewable Energy at Home; World Bank, IMF Call for Price on Carbon Pollution;

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April 2016

Headlines: Spring VER; Groundwater Contamination in Vermont; Net Metering Update; Pricing Carbon Pollution; Oil Trains and Lake Champlain; VNRC and VHCB AmeriCorps member Ben Civiletti; VNRC Benefit Bake; Art Gibb Nominations; Wild & Scenic Recap; Dam News; AARP Downtown Revitalization Grant; Resilient Vermont Conference; Exxon Trial Presentation at Vermont Law School; Peabody Energy Goes Bankrupt.

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March 2016

Headlines: Groveman and Naughton Join VNRC Staff; Developer Withdraws Exit 4 Proposal in Randolph; Stewarding Vermont’s Forests; VNRC’s Shupe to Receive Highest Honor for Planning Professionals; Moving Beyond Conflict; Nation’s Greenest Federal Delegation; Wild & Scenic Silent Auction; Art Gibb Nominations; Working Lands Report; State Released Planning Manual Update; Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Cultivating ClimateReslience Summit.

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January/February 2015

Headlines: Huber and Hayes join VNRC Staff; AVCC Success Stories; VECAN Conference Recap; Stewarding Vermont’s Forest Resources; McCarthy to Present at Burlington Business Summit; VCV Releases 2016 Vermont Environmental Scorecard; New Interactive Mapping Tool to Help Forest Stewardship’ East Montpelier Adopts Groundwater Protections; Vermonters Become Energy Independent; DamNation on the Road; Vermont Climate Economy Summit; Symposium on the Future of Vermont’s Pollinators; Proof that a Carbon Pollution Tax Works.

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