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Kim Greenwood on Dam Removal in Vermont

VNRC’s Kim Greenwood offers some insights into the impact that over 12,000 dams have on our brooks and rivers across the state. Listen to or read the story by clicking the link below.

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Randolph Exit 4 Act 250 Case Heats Up

A controversial plan to develop about 70 acres of agricultural soils at an interchange off I-89 in Randolph hit a high pitch this month with the region’s Act 250 district commission recently hearing arguments from various witnesses, including VNRC working in partnership with the Conservation Law Foundation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.  Several  media outlets including VPR covered a recent hearing. For more detail, you can read a summary of VNRC’c case by clicking “read more” below.

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Gov. Signs H.35, the Clean Water Bill

Gov. Shumlin today signed H.35, a bill that sets the state on a course to clean up Lake Champlain and other lakes and rivers.  The bill is a solid advance in water policy but will require extensive follow-through to implement. “You don’t clean up polluted water overnight, but you’ve got to begin somewhere and H.35 offers a solid plan for action,” said VNRCs water program director Kim Greenwood. “Passing this law was a good first step, but a whole lot of work remains to actually implement it. We at VNRC are in this for the long haul, and we look forward to working with the businesses, farmers, municipalities and others that are celebrating today to tackle the really tough work that remains,” Greenwood said.

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Gov. Shumlin Signs Energy Bill to Boost Renewables, Create Jobs, Pull Back on Fossil Fuel Use

Gov. Shumlin recently signed a broad renewable energy bill – one of VNRC’s 2015 legislative priorities – that will require electric utilities get a certain amount of energy from renewable sources, with amounts ramping up over time. The legislation, which is expected to create some 1,000 new jobs, also specifically encourages the creation of more community-scale, distributed electricity generation. The bill also has an innovative provision to help energy customers move off of fossil fuels through building weatherization, promoting efficient wood heat and cold-climate heat pumps, and increasing transportation efficiency.

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VNRC, CLF and Citizens Aim to Protect Productive Farmland, Stem Sprawl at Randolph Interstate Exit

VNRC and other groups  are working alongside local residents to stem a massive proposed development at the Randolph exit (Exit 4) off I-89. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) filed paperwork today seeking to participate in the Act 250 proceeding that will review the project. The proposed development would destroy important farmland and fails to comply with the town and regional plans. This case is an important test for the ability of Act 250 to protect valuable farm resources. Click “Read more” for our press release.

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Saving Our Common Home


SAVING OUR COMMON HOME: on the Pope’s Encyclical
John Allen, Boston Globe Associate Editor and leading voice
on the Catholic Church, will give the Keynote at this symposium
on Tues., Sept. 8, 6 – 9 pm, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s
College. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow. A number
of organizations, including VTIPL, will be there with displays.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be
served. For more information and to receive a flier for this
event, send an email request to

Start Date: September 8 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: September 8 @ 9:00 pm

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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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