Statement from VNRC Executive Director Brian Shupe on State Budget Address

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Statement from VNRC Executive Director Brian Shupe on State Budget Address

“We were encouraged to hear Gov. Scott note in his State Budget Address the importance of clean water, climate action, and investing in the future of Vermont,” said Brian Shupe, Vermont Natural Resources Council Executive Director. “However, we are deeply concerned that his statements lacked specificity or commitment to putting adequate resources behind these important […]

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Business, municipal, and environmental leaders call on lawmakers to take action on long-term water funding

Business, municipal, and environmental leaders came together today to express shared support for long-term clean water funding via a parcel fee, and the establishment of a Clean Water Authority to collect and distribute those funds to on-the-ground clean water projects. In a letter to the legislature, the groups voiced their strong support for core provisions […]

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Dam safety bill (H.554) passes Vermont House

On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, H.554, the Dam Safety bill championed by VNRC passed the Vermont House of Representatives. This bill was developed collaboratively with the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Vermont Trout Unlimited, the Vermont Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and other partners. The bill addresses gaps in inspection requirements […]

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Business, municipal, and environmental leaders call on lawmakers to take action on long-term water funding

Business, municipal, and environmental leaders came together today to express shared support for long-term clean water funding via a parcel fee, and the establishment of a Clean Water Authority to collect and distribute those funds to on-the-ground clean water projects. In a letter to the legislature, the groups voiced their strong support for core provisions […]

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Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) praises Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) decision to withdraw Great Hosmer Pond Rule

VNRC is praising a decision by DEC to withdraw a proposed rule that would have imposed restrictions on the use of non-motorized boats on Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, Vermont. DEC drafted the rule last year and indicated its intention to formally move the proposal through the rulemaking process. VNRC on behalf of its members, […]

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LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland one step closer to enhanced protections

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has granted the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) Petition to designate the LaPlatte River Marsh as a Class I wetland.  The decision puts the LaPlatte River Marsh one step closer to having the highest level of protection in Vermont. Wetlands provide habitat for a wide […]

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Welcome 2018 legislative session interns!

Each year, VNRC welcomes a select number of interns to our office during the legislative session. Our interns gain hands-on experience working on strategic campaigns and organizational projects that tackle concrete problems and solutions on a state and local level relating to climate action, clean water concerns, forest integrity, environmental policy, thriving and sustainable communities, and more. […]

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Unhappy Birthday: Time to Rethink Ethanol as the Mandate Turns 10

From Jon Groveman, VNRC Policy & Water Program Director When it comes to protecting our environment, the news coming out of Washington D.C. these days has gone from bad to worse. The Trump Administration has rolled out policy after policy that weakens or eliminates protections for public health and our environment. Withdrawing from the Paris […]

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Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Conservation Voters Statement on Act 73 Water Quality Funding Report

MONTPELIER – On November 15, 2017, the Working Group on Water Quality assembled by the Legislature as part of Act 73 of 2017, issued its recommendation on water quality funding. The Working Group, comprised predominantly of Scott Administration officials, was charged with developing “recommendations for equitable and effective long-term funding methods to support clean water efforts […]

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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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