Lamprey treatment concludes in LaPlatte

Lamprey treatment concludes in LaPlatte

A couple of weeks ago, workers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service treated the LaPlatte River with TFM, a lampricide or pesticide used to kill sea lamprey larvae. Monitoring of water for TFM levels in the river and Lake Champlain, which commenced when treatment began, ended this Monday, with no TFM detected in raw… Read More »

Lampricide applied in the LaPlatte

Lampricide applied in the LaPlatte

Before sunrise last Wednesday morning, a team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists were at work in their mobile lab near the LaPlatte River in Shelburne. They were there for the application of TFM, a lampricide designed to kill larval sea lampreys in the LaPlatte. Sea lampreys are a parasitic species of fish, and… Read More »

CVU to add space for learning hubs

Champlain Valley Union High School principal Adam Bunting is excited to begin adding sites to the CVU campus to create opportunities for “meaningful internships, apprenticeships, and projects,” explaining that such opportunities leave students “twice as likely to be involved in gratifying work later in life.” It would be quite a challenge to create such chances… Read More »

Steeple Ridge Farm has new owner, programs for horse lovers

Steeple Ridge Farm has new owner, programs for horse lovers

Steeple Ridge Farm is hosting an updated look and new programming for kids, as new owner Ashley Meacham makes changes to the new business. Among opportunities at the farm are a riding team for middle-school and high-school students, as well as an after-school program through the Charlotte Recreation program. Meacham notes that she had been… Read More »

Larval sea lamprey find a foothold in the LaPlatte River

Larval sea lamprey find a foothold in the LaPlatte River

Note: This is the second of a two-part story about sea lampreys and pesticide treatment in the LaPlatte River. Sea lampreys are prehistoric-looking beasts, snakelike, with round mouths full of rows of sharp teeth. They are invasive – or maybe they’re not. They wound other fish, including game species like salmon and trout, to feed… Read More »

Lampricide plan for LaPlatte moves ahead

Lampricide plan for LaPlatte moves ahead

This year, for the first time, the LaPlatte River is slated to be treated with the pesticide TFM, to reduce populations of larval sea lampreys in the LaPlatte before they reach Lake Champlain. US Fish and Wildlife Service Sea Lamprey Control Program Manager Bradley Young explains that adult sea lamprey live in the lake, but… Read More »

Dogs and cats will have their day

Dogs and cats will have their day

The pets of our region have quite a bit to look forward to in coming days. This Saturday, Sept. 17, between 9am and 5:30pm, Pet Food Warehouse of Shelburne and South Burlington will host “Wag it Forward.” According to their website, during these hours, Pet Food Warehouse will donate 25% of every sale to Vt.… Read More »

Tom Parris promoted to company president

Tom Parris is used to thinking about big-picture issues like climate change and water stress. Parris noted that in his years as vice president of ISciences, L.L.C., he worked with customers and led sustainability efforts. Now, the Shelburne resident has been promoted to president of the company, a position that will doubtless provide plenty of… Read More »