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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Environment

Re: “Fewer Algae Blooms in Hard-Hit Bays Could Point the Way to Cleanup

Been hanging in Alburgh for the last 3 summers and definitely vouch for what this article suggests... i reckon we boat in north hero waters too. Would be interested to hear more theories on why this year has been so different and more about how the legacy phosphorus is released

Posted by Jes Scribner on 08/27/2016 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Fewer Algae Blooms in Hard-Hit Bays Could Point the Way to Cleanup

I've had a place in North Hero for 18 years, and this year was by far the worst ever. Excessive algae started in mid-June - a full 2 months early. Very discouraged to read this highly misleading article. Water quality varies widely depending on where you look and when. The lake is in big trouble and this article is no help at all. Time for VT farmers to change the type of agriculture they're involved in. Dairy has got to go.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by OzMan on 08/26/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Is Vermont's Bottle Bill Ready for Recycling?

Through recycling many countries are able to gain good profits and also able to save their environmental conditions. Therefore, they are always looking for several kinds of recycling process. This is really a good step to promote the concept of recycling and therefore, we need better financial support and public support. Bottle bill will definitely bring good suitable changes in the Vermont's community.

Posted by bryansherman on 08/25/2016 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Vermont Gas Pipeline Foes Vow to Keep Fighting

All I saw for a headline was "Vermont Gas Pipeline Foes Vow to keep pounding sand."

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Roland Circe on 08/12/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Vermont Gas Pipeline Foes Vow to Keep Fighting

VGS negotiated a deal with Hinesburg officials...back in 2014. It was a blatant violation of open meeting laws. VGS has an army of lawyers. Doesn't it seem a little strange that VGS' attorneys would have missed the obvious detail that the Hinesburg SELECT BOARD never voted on that agreement? And also the wetlands delineation which was supposed to have been field verified,(their environmental engineer said so) now turns out to be bogus as well. So here we are at the eleventh hour and VGS is in a big crunch because this is the last piece of the puzzle. Perhaps this was their strategy all along. Try to get a deal with Hinesburg, even if its a bogus deal, and if anyone will be so late in the game that the PSB will push the deal through because it is the 'last piece of the puzzle". "Better to ask for forgiveness than to ask permission" seems to be their modus operandi.
VGS has bullied its way through parts of Chittenden and Addison Counties, forcing people out of their safe places...their homes...causing stress and anxiety until the property owners gave up and either signed easements or sold their homes to VGS.(or died) Maybe its because this project is all wrong for Vermont and Vermonters.

3 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Nathan Palmer on 08/10/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Water Warrior: James Ehlers Is Lake Champlain's Loudest and Most Divisive Advocate

The MEGGA Poisoning of Lake Champlain has been going on for well over a Century . The FACTS are the FACTS .......

Posted by Isacc Witham on 07/27/2016 at 4:55 AM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

They need to quit trapping possums for no reason. Each possum can kill up to 5000 ticks in a season.
Another major reason in addition to the ticks is reduced edible vegetation from over browsing leaving lower quality greens. The east needs predators to move the deer and moose otherwise everything gets overgrazed.

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Posted by David Robert on 07/23/2016 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

With only 2000 of any native species in any state there should be armed guards shooting poachers on sight, not an open season, not even a permit season.

. It is concenring that this moose herd is allowed to dwindle to this point without Vermont just shutting down the hunting season for a few years. Yeah - you take a hit for awhile, but moose tags have to be a pretty major cash cow

the Outdoor Recreation Foundation notes that
• Supports 35,000 jobs across Vermont
• Generates $187 million in annual state tax revenue
• Produces $2.5 billion annually in retail sales and services across Vermont
– accounting for 12% of gross state product

THE RESIDENTS OF VERMONT should APPRECIATE THE IMPACT VIEWING MOOSE HAS ON THE ECONOMY AND URGE, PETITION AND CONTACT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE THE FWD SUSPEND THE MOOSE LOTTERY. WHY? ECONOMICALLY........ WILDLIFE VIEWING IS IN THE NUMBER OF 282,000 PEOPLE OR 54% OF THE POPULATION VS HUNTING AT 72,742 OR 14% OF THE POPULATION. Therefore, of the $2.5 billion dollars in sales, and $187 dollars of tax revenue; 54% of people who are viewing wildlife ( to include moose ) are contributing to the overall economy of Vermont. The Fish and Wildlife page actually dedicates a section to wildlife viewing with a specific notice about observing moose in June 2016.
Also, how is this moose permit season keeping with the FWD's 2010-2020 management strategy points?Management Strategies:
Maintain a statewide fall post-hunt population of
between 3,000 and 5,000 moose.

The moose lottery is now open. SHAME ON THE VT FWD for considering dollars over the sustainable health of the moose in this state! What will moose hunters hunt when the moose are all gone?

10 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Nagualtonal on 07/22/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

I did hear a report don't know where it was from.
They said that.75% of new born moose die from tick bites. Anyway to vaccinate? Something has to be done I forgot who reported this this is bad news

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 07/20/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “As State-Mandated Recycling Kicks In, the Market for Materials Slides

Recycling is now become a growing process which spread every corner of the world. We can understand how global warming increases and to deal with these issues we are trying to reduce our pollution percentage. Therefore we should take the help of recycling; through which we are able to save our waste products. In this way we should promote recycling and make people aware about these things.

Posted by paulgates on 06/11/2016 at 6:34 AM

Re: “How to Solve the Pollinator Problem?

don't forget you can help scientists track pollinator species by documenting them and uploading them to if they were observed on your property you can obscure the location for privacy. Make sure to add the observations to the Vemront Atlas of Life project so the Vermont Center for Ecostudies can access the data.

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 04/04/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Legislators Seek to Secure the Future of Vermont's Valuable Forests

Increased regulations on forestry are a tiny part of the global Agenda 21 program. Little by little the right to use one's land as one desires will be regulated away. Whether it be the BLM taking grazing land from ranchers or the EPA giving themselves complete authority over any and all waterways and wet lands (even seasonal puddles), private property rights are being assailed. Don't misunderstand me.......stewardship of our lands and waterways is essential, I just believe that land owners can and will take better care of their own land, ponds, and brooks than will some government agency. And Robbo is also right.....Vermont's foresters do a great job of managing forests......regulation is a solution in search of a problem.

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Posted by jerrym on 03/25/2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Aside from any pro-or-con arguments about the pipeline, I'm shocked that the Hinesburg select board would even think it's okay to make a secret deal on an issue that is obviously extremely controversial. Whatever happened to representative government? I trust this was a momentary lapse of judgment by the hard-working volunteers who serve us--and that there haven't been many other hugely important decisions hidden from the people of Hinesburg!

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Steve Carlson on 03/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Way to go Hinesburg selectboard, you ROCK!
Once again the selectboard has screwed the taxpayers and residents of Hinesburg.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Paul Jones on 03/10/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

"Insanity," "closed doors," "speed up the process," "let two hearings stand as one"... We keep hearing these words and phrases in conjunction with anything involving Vermont Gas and this pipeline. This lack of transparency and real respect for Vermonters on the part of VGS becomes glaringly clear at every turn. Really, Beth Parent? "Thousands of new customers?" Those numbers just aren't real. It is grievous that yet another selectboard has been (almost) duped by this disreputable and desperate company. Are they afraid that if they don't deliver this north-south corridor through Vermont to Canada's Gaz Metro, that company will find someone else to do their dirty work? Or another place for it? And by the way, are we all completely clear that fuel oil now costs less than this gas, methane, which is 86 times more deleterious to the atmosphere over a 20 year period than CO2 and is leaked and vented at well sites and compression stations along any pipe route? Stop the madness. And underhanded backroom deals. Eleven miles is enough. And we are running out of time.

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Beth Thompson on 03/09/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Concerned VTer, you should check out the cost of fracked gas. I'm not talking about the devastating cost to our planet; I'm referring to your out of pocket expenses. VT Gas website has a calculator where you can enter how much fuel oil you burn and the price you pay. It would actually cost people to burn gas and that's without the conversion costs.

4 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Mary M on 03/09/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Bob, are you referring to the high voltage power lines that are part of a system that provides service to nearly all Vermonters and not just a few? Or are you referring to the wires that were already in place when the land was gifted by the Geprags?

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jeff Noordsy on 03/09/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

I hate to burst your bubble Nathan but I am one who would connect to the pipeline if or when it passes close enough to my house

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 03/09/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

Vt. Gas lies, plain & simple. This is a transmission line for dirty fracked gas. It's NOT a service delivery line. Only a few hundred customers *might* benefit, if they elect to hook up. And they will certainly not benefit from all the savings Vt. Gas has promoted, since the project has nearly doubled in cost, and the price-increase market-pressure fix will be in shortly. It's an environmental and safety issue, not an aesthetic one. These pipelines leak. They destroy flora & fauna. They leach natural gas into groundwater and poison wells. The Hinesburg Selectboard certainly messed this one up royally by negotiating in executive session and not once discussing the details in public hearings.

11 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Egmatic on 03/09/2016 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Residents Scramble to Keep Gas Pipeline Out of Park

The Hinesburg Select Board might have fallen for one of VT Gas' old tricks. They tell you, don't tell anybody about the deal your getting, let's just keep this between us and you'll do better than others. The sunshine law was put in place for a reason. You cannot finalize secret deals away from the public's eye.

I am sure the sisters who donated this land would be horrified at this turn of events. Hinesburg residents should demand a complete inventory of the affected area. Aside from the golden wing warbler, what rare or endangered plants are in the way of this pipeline? You cannot mitigate that loss.

Although I am not a resident of Hinesburg, I have donated to the Bissonette Recreation Area. Why? Because we all need to help each other for the future of Vermonts children. I now question if my money was well spent or will the Bissonette land go the way of Geprags Park. I do not believe our State's future should be sold to the highest bidder.

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Mary M on 03/09/2016 at 2:25 PM

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