In 2011, Vermont experienced record spring flooding that was followed by severe damage in late summer by Tropical Storm Irene. The report issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources: “Resilience A Report on the Health of Vermont’s Environment” assesses 10 indicators. Similar reports had been issued 1993 and 2004, and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz says following the record flooding it made sense to begin re-evaluating the environmental challenges Vermont faces.
Vermont Natural Resources Council Spokesman Jake Brown says the report is a good snapshot of the state’s environmental challenges.
Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns is glad to see the agency returning to periodic reports on the state of the environment.