The state of Vermont is hoping to improve water quality in Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay basin, which has been the site of toxic algae blooms, by reducing bacteria that flows into the bay and finding solutions to 13 suspected discharges in the towns of Enosburg Falls, North Troy, Richford and Swanton.
The space is being called gorgeous, but the cost "eye-popping." Vermont lawmakers are applying those terms to office space at the National Life building in Montpelier that has been renovated to house the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and other state agencies.
The owner of a commercial wind project in Vermont has been issued a special permit allowing for possible fatalities of bats, some of which are endangered species in the state.
The permit was sought by First Wind, which has a 16-turbine wind development project in Sheffield.
The Caledonian-Record reports the permit issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources allows for fatalities for a maximum of four little brown bats, one Northern Long-Eared Bat, one Tri-Colored Bat and on Eastern Small-Footed Bat.
Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources is helping cities and towns control stormwater runoff.
Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears says the state will invest federal money to help communities.
He said in Northfield, for example, officials are considering a proposed biomass plant and a plan to treat resulting wastewater. In Isle La Motte, officials are seeking money for engineering services that might improve stormwater runoff.