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CEP 2016 Update

VNRC Applauds Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2016


Contact: Johanna Miller (802) 223-2328 (ex. 112) jmiller@vnrc.org

VNRC Applauds Vermont’s Forward-Looking Comprehensive Energy Plan

Montpelier – Today the Public Service Department (PSD) released the final version of Vermont’s updated Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). The plan reaffirms Vermont’s ambitious goal of meeting 90% of the state’s energy needs – for heating, transportation and electricity – through renewable sources by 2050. The new CEP also sets interim targets and provides more guidance on how the state could achieve these needed goals.

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Stewarding Vermont’s Forest Resource

Note: this piece appeared in the Weekly Planet section of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus on January 3, 2015.

By Brian Shupe

Anyone who has flown over Vermont knows that much of the state is covered with trees. That wasn’t always the case, however, and despite the prevalence of trees, the health of the state’s forests is in trouble.

 

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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 Now, we’re helping it work effectively by commenting on draft guidance published by the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Natural Resources Board.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 kmccarthy@vnrc.org.

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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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DamNation Screening and Panel Discussion – South Burlington

February 13th at the South Burlington Library

You are invited to join us for an amazing evening focused on river health. DamNation is an award winning, riveting film that sheds a new light on America’s dams. Admission is free so invite your friends and neighbors.

Here in Vermont our dams may not be considered big but they are plentiful–there are over 1,000 dams on Vermont’s waterways. An estimated 200 of these are considered “deadbeat” dams, meaning that they serve no utility or purpose. VNRC, the Nature Conservancy, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and American Rivers are working to remove “deadbeat” dams from Vermont’s waterways. Join us for an engaging discussion about restoring our rivers and streams.

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Start Date: February 13 @ 1:00 pm
End Date: February 13 @ 3:00 pm

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DamNation Screening and Panel Discussion – New Haven

February 18th at the New Haven Town Hall, “Armchair Naturalist Series”

You are invited to join us for an amazing evening focused on river health. DamNation is an award winning, riveting film that sheds a new light on America’s dams. Admission is free so invite your friends and neighbors.

Here in Vermont our dams may not be considered big but they are plentiful–there are over 1,000 dams on Vermont’s waterways. An estimated 200 of these are considered “deadbeat” dams, meaning that they serve no utility or purpose. VNRC, the Nature Conservancy, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and American Rivers are working to remove “deadbeat” dams from Vermont’s waterways. Join us for an engaging discussion about restoring our rivers and streams.

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Start Date: February 18 @ 6:30 pm
End Date: February 18 @ 9:00 pm

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A Symposium on Vermont’s Pollinators

This gathering will examine the complex challenges facing pollinators in Vermont and will galvanize participants to develop and implement strategies to protect these essential species. (more…)

Start Date: March 17 @ 8:30 am
End Date: March 17 @ 4:30 pm

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October 2014 E-News

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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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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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