As Feds Weaken Wetlands Rules, Locals Eye Greater Protections For Otter Creek Swamps

photo: Marc Lapin of Middlebury College, along with Tina Heath, Charlie Hohn and Zapata Courage from Vermont's wetlands program.

Photo, from left: Marc Lapin of Middlebury College, along with Tina Heath, Charlie Hohn and Zapata Courage from the state wetlands program. They recently toured the Cornwall swamp section of the Otter Creek wetlands. JOHN DILLON / VPR

The state’s largest wetlands area stretches 15 miles along the Otter Creek in Addison and Rutland counties. Local groups have started talking to the state about how to provide greater protection for … [more…]

A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How’s the water?

photo: A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How's the water?

Photo: Residents and officials on both sides of the border have expressed concerns about how the leachate percolating from the Coventry Landfill in Newport, Vt., is being treated before it gets discharged into Lake Memphremagog. (Rebecca Martel/CBC)

Lake Memphremagog is main water supply for many communities, but toxicity testing stopped in 2009

Plans for the expansion of a landfill in Vermont are seeing pushback from residents and environmental groups north … [more…]

United States: Water deficits to diminish in the SW, surpluses ahead for FL

map: forecast water conditions in the USA

United States: Water deficits to diminish in the Southwest, surpluses ahead for Florida

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The 12-month forecast indicates severe water deficits in the Northeast, relatively normal conditions in the Appalachian region south to the Gulf, primarily moderate deficits in the interior plains, intense surpluses in the Northern Rockies, and moderate to exceptional deficits in the southern Rockies, Southwest, and West. Severe deficits are forecast for Vermont and Massachusetts, … [more…]