Dry Hydrants in Rivers and Lakes
Science

Dry Hydrants in Rivers and Lakes

Historically, our rivers and lakes have been used for fishing, water power for mills making lumber and woolens, and moving commercial goods, etc.  Today, our rivers and lakes are used and valued for aquatic ecosystems, swimming, fishing, boating, water supplies, hydropower, and fire protection by means of dry hydrants installed for town fire departments.  The … Continue reading

Celebrate: World Wetland Day
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Celebrate: World Wetland Day

Inland wetlands include marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Coastal wetlands include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and even coral reefs. Fish ponds, rice paddies, and salt pans are human-made wetlands. Celebrate wetlands for what they provide for us around the world and in Vermont. Clean Water: Less than 3% of the world’s … Continue reading

Vermont Shoreland Protection Act
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Vermont Shoreland Protection Act

This spring the Vermont General Assembly passed the Shoreland Protection Act (Act No. 172). The Shoreland Protection act goes into effect beginning July 1st and applies to activities within 250 feet of mean water level for lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres. The intent of the Shoreland Protection Act is to prevent degradation of water quality … Continue reading

Please Don’t P on your Lawn
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Please Don’t P on your Lawn

We would like to remind FLOW readers that a law prohibiting the application of phosphorus fertilizers in most circumstances went into effect in 2012. The use of nitrogen-containing fertilizers with less than 15 percent “slow-release nitrogen” is also restricted. The reason for the law is that phosphorus and nitrogen are plant nutrients which feed algal … Continue reading