Grant Funding Available to Restore Clean Water in Vermont
Announcements / Opportunities

Grant Funding Available to Restore Clean Water in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Ecosystem Restoration Program is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) for the second round of State Fiscal Year 2016 grant funds to restore and protect Vermont’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. Vermont municipalities, regional organization, non-profit associations, citizen groups, and state agencies are eligible to receive funding. The grant … Continue reading

Northern Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan Approved
Announcements / Progress / Science

Northern Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan Approved

Act 64, Vermont’s Clean Water Act, was recently passed during the 2015 legislative session. This new law addresses water pollution throughout the state. Vermont’s watersheds are divided into 17 different basins. Basin 5, the Northern Lake Champlain, encompasses land from just north of the Canadian border south to Charlotte, Vermont. The just approved Basin 5 … Continue reading

Sample-palooza
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Sample-palooza

Vermont Watershed Management Division participates in second-annual Sample-palooza The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Yale University (Yale), and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) participated in the second annual large-scale, one-day water testing event … Continue reading

What does your medicine cabinet have to do with water quality?
Announcements / Science

What does your medicine cabinet have to do with water quality?

All of us have a medicine cabinet at home, stocked with pharmaceutical drugs – medicines used to treat and/or prevent disease.   The thousands of pharmaceuticals available have helped millions of people live healthier lives.  What many of us don’t know is that many of these medicines can also be found outside of our medicine cabinets, … Continue reading

New Aquatic Invasive Species Confirmed in Lake Memphremagog
Progress / Science

New Aquatic Invasive Species Confirmed in Lake Memphremagog

Lakes and Ponds Program staff recently confirmed the presence of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) in a small cove on the southeast side of Lake Memphremagog in Newport.  This non-native, invasive can develop large, dense stands, crowd out other aquatic plants, and can tolerate low- or high-nutrient conditions.  Although it looks like a plant, it is … Continue reading

Can Dogs Help Solve Vermont’s Water Quality Problems?
Science

Can Dogs Help Solve Vermont’s Water Quality Problems?

For water quality scientists there are many tools available for measuring pollution in the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.  These tools range from measuring chemical concentrations, such as for dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, phosphorus and nitrogen to biological toxicity test organisms such as daphnia, minnows and mollusks.  In the last 5-10 years using domestic canines … Continue reading