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Re: “Under Water: Large-Property Owners Face Expensive Runoff Fixes

ACTUALLY once again this Summer Ol SWAMP FOX is back in Federal Court attempting to FORCE CHANGE

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/2…

Posted by Isacc Witham on 07/13/2019 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Under Water: Large-Property Owners Face Expensive Runoff Fixes

While Ticonderoga and Lake George are CONTINUALLY Flushed to Champlain via the Poop Chute River .... YES Again THE POOP CHUTE RIVER

See https://laymanslaw.home.blog/the-septic-un…

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Posted by Isacc Witham on 07/13/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Burlington, South Burlington Consider Consolidated Approach to Trash Pickup

Everywhere I've ever lived other than Burlington had municipal trash & recycling. It boggles my mind that people think the current system where you could potentially have 5 different trucks hauling trash off one street is efficient in any way.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 07/11/2019 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Burlington, South Burlington Consider Consolidated Approach to Trash Pickup

Consolidating trash is a misnomer.

Even with just one trash company, you need trucks to empty all the bins.

What does the number of companies have to do with it?

Nothing.

Hairbrained idea by small-time pols looking for immortality.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 07/11/2019 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Under Water: Large-Property Owners Face Expensive Runoff Fixes

So the larger lot owners did as the state asked for their run off, now the state says they want more, but not admitting they were wrong to begin with, so now people must bear the cost of millions more. If that doesn't work, as I can guess it won't, will the state admit they were wrong? And the state can continue to wonder why businesses don't want to be in Vermont.

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Posted by Ted miles645 on 07/10/2019 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Burlington, South Burlington Consider Consolidated Approach to Trash Pickup

I will guarantee you that if the government gets involved in dictating who collects where the price will go up. The only thing keeping prices somewhat affordable is choices on who the consumer wants to use.

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Posted by Ted miles645 on 07/10/2019 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Burlington, South Burlington Consider Consolidated Approach to Trash Pickup

Consolidating trash collection would put small haulers out of business and drive up collection costs by creating a monopoly. Casella is by far the largest hauler in the area and owns the only active landfill in Vermont. This puts them at an unfair advantage in acquiring any waste related contract in the state of Vermont. Competition is a necessary component of a healthy market. If you want your trash rates to increase, vote for a consolidation.

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Posted by Jim Trask on 07/10/2019 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Burlington, South Burlington Consider Consolidated Approach to Trash Pickup

It costs me 7.50 per trip to the drop off center. So for two people it is appx. 15 dollars per month.

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Posted by Hal Hazen on 07/10/2019 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Under Water: Large-Property Owners Face Expensive Runoff Fixes

Last week I was over near Macrae Farm Park in Colchester, which is on the banks of the Winooski. It had rained overnight and the water in the Winooski was a chocolate milk brown. But you could see where the runoff from the farm entered and the color of that looked just like sewage water tea. I see that my homeowners' association is on the list and we just spent over $600,000 repaving our roads and parking lots last year. It would have been good to know this was coming before that happened. We aren't made of gold. But in the meantime, Macrae will continue leaching far more pollutants than many many of these sources and there is no fix in sight for that.

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Posted by Edward Lalonde on 07/05/2019 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Under Water: Large-Property Owners Face Expensive Runoff Fixes

The writer correctly predicts how unwelcome to large property owners large costs for runoff will be. He also correctly states that dairy is the largest source of Phosphorus going into the lake (40%) and that the balance comprises stormwater, stream banks, unpaved roads and MWWTPs. But then he joins Secretary Moore and Elena Mihaly who both say we must vigorously tax the citizens to address the last of these influences and ignore or simply endure dairys contribution. Why?

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Posted by James H Maroney Jr on 07/04/2019 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Under Water: Large-Property Owners Face Expensive Runoff Fixes

According to the Clean Water Report submitted January 15, 2017 by Treasurer Elizabeth Pearce and the VermontWaterQualityFunding20 YearProjection, agricultural subsidies and grants (including costs associated with ProductionAreaBMPImplementation, CroplandBMPImplementation(FarmAgronomicPractices), Livestockexclusion(includesCREP), NMP&CNMPDevelopment, and NMPPlanImplementation(NRCSPracticeCode590) are estimated to cost almost $575,000,000 over 20 years, with over an $18,000,000 annual shortfall, presumably borne by taxpayers.

Are similar grants and subsidies available to owners of impervious surfaces over 3 acres in size?

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Posted by Robert Wood on 07/04/2019 at 10:45 AM

Re: “A South Burlington Nonprofit Aims to Recycle Every Tennis Ball in America

Is it possible to get some bins for individual use? I play at multiple courts that do not use them, so I end up collecting them at home. Additionally, do you have a flyer to drop off at facilities so I can help spread the word?

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Posted by Anna Seljan on 06/19/2019 at 4:38 PM

Re: “A South Burlington Nonprofit Aims to Recycle Every Tennis Ball in America

I think this is an awesome project!!! I have bags and bags of tennis balls that I just cant stand throwing away. I usually take them to the dog park, but I think even the dogs get tired of them after a while!

What about turning the nylon into blankets or maybe tarps that could be used for hurricane victims, refugees, or detention centers? I think a blanket would be nicer than the foil wraps some of those children receive.

Thanks so much for helping to save our earth.

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Posted by lindab on 06/19/2019 at 10:31 AM

Re: “A South Burlington Nonprofit Aims to Recycle Every Tennis Ball in America

I play 3-6 times per week with different people. We all only use the tennis balls once. That is one match only. We NEVER reuse a can. This is an excellent idea. I would like to participate. How do I help? Mark. Stuart, Florida.

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Posted by Mark Hassett on 06/19/2019 at 10:05 AM

Re: “A South Burlington Nonprofit Aims to Recycle Every Tennis Ball in America

Penelope,

I think there are varying times that tennis balls are used depending on the individual tennis players involved. The sad truth is that 125 Million tennis balls find their way into our landfills every year regardless of how the timing may work out. As a regular near daily "club" tennis player, I along with many peers in the US tennis community tend to prefer starting most matches with a new can. After several sets, the balls do not tend to play as consistently as a new can. I wish this were not the case. I think that changing an existing long-developed habit of trashing tennis balls to recycling them may be a lot easier than asking many players in this country to simply continue using balls that have been played for a short time. A visit to any tennis facility in this country will drive home the fact that tennis balls are in many cases... single use. Given existing realities, asking players to recycle these may be our best hope towards solving a serious problem.

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Posted by Derrick Senior on 06/17/2019 at 9:38 AM

Re: “A South Burlington Nonprofit Aims to Recycle Every Tennis Ball in America

This is a laudable endeavor, except who throws out their tennis balls after only 90 minutes of play? We open a can of balls and play with them in many games over a couple of weeks, as long as they don't get wet nobody I play with throws out their balls after one day.

Tennis balls are not single use for casual play, unless perhaps you're hitting with the power and tempo of nationally ranked professionals.

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Posted by Penelope on 06/13/2019 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Underground Microorganisms Build Healthy Soil for a Cooler Planet

interesting article with good lawn tips but one . Professionals in person and on-line strongly believe that core aeration (which punches plugs from the lawn) is a much better option then spike aeration . In fact some believe spike aeration actually compacts the soil and is therefore counterproductive .

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Posted by Rich ard on 06/08/2019 at 8:16 PM

Re: “The Trudge Report: Seven Days Joins a Walk to Save the Planet

Another way to look at this is that people marched from Middlebury, where the college and many others have recently converted from dirty #6 oil to cleaner and cheaper natural gas, to insist that no other Vermonters get to make that choice. A key demand they made in Montpelier is a ban on "new fossil fuel infrastructure" meaning exactly the kind of infrastructure which gave Middlebury College the opportunity, which it took, to save both money and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Posted by Tom Evslin on 04/13/2019 at 10:29 PM

Re: “The Trudge Report: Seven Days Joins a Walk to Save the Planet

Beautifully written and Chelsea really captured some of the true feelings of the day. It was nice to meet you Chelsea! - Melody the shuttle driver in the blue Prius :-)

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Posted by Melody Reed on 04/12/2019 at 12:36 PM

Re: “The Trudge Report: Seven Days Joins a Walk to Save the Planet

Sounds like an update of The Canterbury Tales .

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Posted by Rich ard on 04/11/2019 at 8:41 AM

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