April 27, 2017

Champlain Valley residents recruited for bat monitoring

Observer courtesy photo Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist Alyssa Bennett, left, discusses bat boxes during a training for a group of volunteer bat monitors. 

Observer courtesy photo
Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist Alyssa Bennett, left, discusses bat boxes during a training for a group of volunteer bat monitors.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to monitor colonies of endangered bats this summer. The department is seeking volunteers willing to help count state-endangered little brown bats as they emerge at dusk at locations throughout the Champlain Valley.  [Read more…]

Vermont front runner in recycling efforts, clean energy rankings

Schools lead on recycling, composting

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets laud Vermont’s K-12 schools for being at the forefront of implementing the state’s universal recycling law. [Read more…]

Army Corps, LCBP looking for watershed projects

The Lake Champlain Basin Program, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is soliciting letters of request for watershed restoration projects through the Lake Champlain Watershed Environmental Assistance Program. A pre-application workshop will be held at 10 a.m. on May 8 at the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at the Gordon Center House, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle.

More information is available at lcbp.org or by calling (802) 372-3213.

Seeking citizen scientists for road salt study

If you harbor a passion for protecting local water quality and are seeking a related volunteer opportunity, the Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District’s has a new citizen water sampling program to consider.

Tons of salt are applied to roads in Vermont every winter, having a negative impact on water resources due to elevated amounts of sodium chloride. [Read more…]

Nominations sought for GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award

Observer courtesy photo An osprey is pictured near Lake Arrowhead in Milton earlier this month after catching a 2-foot northern pike. Milton's Meeri Zetterstrom, for which the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award is named, was instrumental in returning the osprey population to the lake.

Observer courtesy photo
An osprey is pictured near Lake Arrowhead in Milton earlier this month after catching a 2-foot northern pike. Milton’s Meeri Zetterstrom, for which the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award is named, was instrumental in returning the osprey population to the lake.

Green Mountain Power is calling for nominations for the 2017 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award to recognize a leading Vermont environmentalist and honor the legacy of legendary wildlife advocate Meeri Zetterstrom.

[Read more…]

Lawn maintenance with minimal impact

A well-maintained lawn is both pleasing to the eye and improves water quality.

A well-maintained lawn is both pleasing to the eye and improves water quality.

By Corrina Parnapy

The weather is warming and it is once again time to think about our yards. There is nothing like a barefoot walk through a soft lawn. The mixture of clover, grasses and low growing beneficial plants are not only pleasing to the eye, but lend to conservation practices that improve water quality protection. [Read more…]