Neighbors discuss, question proposed change in LaPlatte River wetlands classification

A roomful of Shelburne neighbors turned out to ask questions and voice concerns last Wednesday night as a petition to reclassify the LaPlatte River wetlands winds its way through the approval process. The LaPlatte wetlands, at the river’s entry into Lake Champlain, have long served as “a soup-to-nuts training ground for young biologists, ecologists, scientists,”… Read More »

Public discussion of LaPlatte status coming up

Public discussion of LaPlatte status coming up

It’s a place where rare birds and fish congregate, people paddle in search of new sights, pollutants stop short of Lake Champlain, and lake floodwaters halt their march toward land. Shelburne’s LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands are a unique place, and a rare one in Chittenden County and in Vermont. On Aug. 30, the Vermont Agency… Read More »

UVM researchers studying Lake Iroquois

UVM researchers studying Lake Iroquois

Algae blooms, fueled by excess nutrients in the environment, have become a frequent summer occurrence in local lakes, potentially creating unsafe conditions for swimmers and other water users. At Lake Iroquois, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont is studying how one of these nutrients – phosphorus – gets into the lake, and… Read More »

Local fire departments train at burning house

Local fire departments train at burning house

Several months of preparation and training culminated Sunday as the Hinesburg Fire Department burned down a house outside the village. Signs stood along the roadway, volunteers took turns directing traffic, and smoke billowed across Route 116 as firefighters practiced their skills in a real fire. Both fire and EMS trainings have been underway at the… Read More »

Lewis Creek Association wins federal award

Lewis Creek Association wins federal award

The Lewis Creek Association, together with the Monkton Conservation Commission, recently won the Federal Highway Administration 2017 Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes the organizations’ work to bring environmental stewardship into the planning of the Monkton Wildlife Underpasses on Monkton-Vergennes Road. The application for the FHWA award required a discussion of the project, its goals,… Read More »

LaPlatte River wetlands provide diverse, rare habitats

LaPlatte River wetlands provide diverse, rare habitats

Editor’s Note: Last week, we featured a story about The Vermont Natural Resource Council’s petition to reclassify Shelburne’s LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands as class I wetlands, a status that would provide greater environmental protection than this area currently has. This week, we provide a more in-depth discussion of this area’s ecology. The LaPlatte River Marsh,… Read More »

Petition submitted to protect LaPlatte wetlands

Petition submitted to protect LaPlatte wetlands

The LaPlatte River is a calm place to find a natural Champlain Valley environment in the developed corridors of Chittenden County. Now, the Vermont Natural Resources Council has submitted a petition to have the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands designated a class I wetland. The petition area is unique and important for several reasons, said Arrowwood… Read More »

Accident on U.S. Route 7 leads to two trapped in vehicles

Accident on U.S. Route 7 leads to two trapped in vehicles

Around noon on Friday, a five-car accident on U.S. Route 7 in Charlotte left two trapped in their cars and four transported to the hospital. According to a press release from Vermont State Police, the accident began when a southbound Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by 70-year-old Edward Woodruff of Westport, N.Y. crossed the center… Read More »

Amphibians emerge from their winter homes for spring migrations

Amphibians emerge from their winter homes for spring migrations

Shelburne’s gravelly Pond Road probably doesn’t look intimidating to human drivers. But to an inch-and-a-half-long amphibian, Pond Road divides worlds. And early spring’s warm(ish) nights are an active, sometimes dangerous, time for Vermont’s amphibians to move from one world to another. Amphibians, appearing in wetlands and on roadways on spring nights, play an important role… Read More »

Lewis Creek Association makes plans for upcoming field season

Lewis Creek Association makes plans for upcoming field season

The Lewis Creek Association has begun its call for volunteers for its summer fieldwork. Planned for this summer is monitoring water quality in various local creeks, and managing the invasive plant European frogbit. Lewis Creek Association Program Coordinator Krista Hoffsis noted that monitoring water quality allows LCA to observe trends and take note of changes… Read More »

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