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Add your voice: Investing in Vermont waters

We wanted to let you know about an important opportunity to be part of crafting Vermont’s response to pollution threats facing our waterways. Yesterday, VNRC Policy & Water Program Director Jon Groveman was on Vermont Edition to discuss a new draft report submitted to the Legislature detailing how to fund vital water clean up and protection initiatives. Vermonters have until Nov. […]

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Tune In: Saving Our Waters

Get out the popcorn! ✨ We’re tuning into Vermont PBS at 8:00 p.m. tonight for the premier of Saving Our Waters, a three-part documentary series examining the state of the Lake Champlain Basin today with an eye toward practical solutions to keeping Vermont’s waterways clean in an age of extreme weather events. In addition to the documentary, they will […]

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#freeVTrivers Update: East Burke Dam removal

We are working to remove dams that no longer serve a useful purpose in order to restore natural watershed and riverine function, reduce flood risk, increase community resiliency, and improve fish habitat and overall ecological integrity. We accomplish this through our policy, science and dam removal project work. We’re excited to share an update from our […]

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Vermont Natural Resources Council opposes proposed usage rule for Great Hosmer Pond

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) announced their opposition to the draft proposed Vermont Use of Public Waters (VUPW) Rule for Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury and Albany VT. In a letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), VNRC requested the immediate withdrawal of the VUPW rule based on significant concerns regarding the proposed […]

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Legislative Internship Opportunity with VNRC & VCV

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking a Legislative Intern to help us move forward-looking environmental legislation in the Vermont State House in early 2018. The intern will assist VNRC and our partner, Vermont Conservation Voters, in tracking legislation moving through the Statehouse during the 2018 legislative year (January through early May). Duties will include: […]

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Action: Don’t let the Scott administration rollback our commitment to clean water

You’ve seen the news: Lake Carmi closed because of a toxic algae bloom likely caused by phosphorus-laden silt, similar closures of North Beach and Oakledge Cove in Burlington, and the ongoing threat to Lake Champlain as federal funding for clean-up efforts hangs in the balance. Just a few weeks ago, the Scott administration encouraged Vermonters to celebrate Clean Water Week to acknowledge just […]

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VNRC Comments on LaPlatte River Marsh Proposed Class I Designation

The following comment was provided to Ms. Lapierre, Vermont Wetlands Program, via email on September 13, 2017. VNRC previously submitted a petition to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to designate Class I protections for The Nature Conservancy’s LaPlatte River Marsh Preserve in Shelburne. Read more about our petition and the subsequent public hearing.

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Hearing Recap: LaPlatte Wetlands

From Jon Groveman, Policy & Water Program Director Last Wednesday the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) held a hearing on VNRC’s Petition to reclassify the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland from Class 2 to Class 1. ANR is accepting written comments on the LaPlatte reclassification petition until September 11, 2017.

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Clean Water Week: Aug. 20-26, 2017

Clean Water Week, set for Aug. 20-26, 2017, will be a weeklong celebration of Vermont waters – and the work that goes into protecting them for Vermonters today and future generations. Clean, safe water is essential to Vermont Communities, farms, businesses, and the activities Vermonters love like swimming, fishing, kayaking, and boating. We’ve seen first-hand […]

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LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands Deserve Class I Protection

By Jon Groveman, policy and water programs director at Vermont Natural Resources Council Any Vermonter who has spent time hiking, hunting, fishing or boating can appreciate the importance of wetlands. Wetlands provide habitat for a wide variety of fish and wildlife, absorb water to minimize flooding, naturally filter pollutants, and provide beautiful natural areas in […]

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