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Cover Crops Help Farmers Stand Up for Clean Water

Farm along the Connecticut River. Runoff from chemicals like Round-Up®, with known carcinogens, run off into the river wreaking havoc on the environment and are threats to human and wildlife health as well as to the health of our waterways. Image: Flickr.

By Jessie Haas

This spring I watched a beautiful cover crop […]

Save the Date: November 11 – Vermont Crossroads Conference

If I told you that VPIRG was teaming up with groups as varied as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Vermont NEA, Rights & Democracy, Main Street Alliance, Toxics Action Center, Justice For All and the Vermont Natural Resources Council to a host conference together you might say, “that’s out of […]

Roadmaps to Slow Climate Change and Eliminate Air Pollution

By George Harvey

In May of 2015, a team of researchers headed by Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University published a paper, “100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States.” It proposed a set of roadmaps to eliminating of our use of fossil fuels, […]

Will Marine Spatial Planning Save the Oceans?

Business Groups Team up to Work on Clean Water

– Lintilhac Foundation Funds Project in Vermont & New England –

Two business associations, one Vermont-based and one national, are collaborating on a project to advance solutions that will provide the clean water that businesses and economic development need. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility – Research and Education Foundation (VBSR-REF) and […]

Water is life, so attend Vermont Clean Water Day this Wed

Clean Water Day is on Wednesday, March 29 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Meet at the Pavilion Building Auditorium at 109 State Street in Montpelier (the door is on the side street of the History Museum) for a policy briefing. Then, at 10:30 will parade to the State House for a Clean Water Day […]

Testing Your Water for Contaminants

Public water systems in the U.S. must provide customers with an annual water quality report disclosing contaminants and potential health effects, but if you’re still concerned, you can order an inexpensive home test kit that screens for heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins. Credit: Laura Nawrocik, FlickrCC.

By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss, […]

Polluted Water Troubles Bring Erin Brockovich To Town of Hoosick Falls, NY

Erin Brockovich, during her visit to Hoosick Falls, NY. Photo by Dhance, via Flickr

By George Harvey

In 2014, Michael Hickey had recently lost his father and a teacher to cancer, and he wanted to understand why. He did a web search on cancer and the name of a product his […]

Otsego Lake Assn. and SUNY Oneonta BFS Deploy a Water Quality Monitoring Buoy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Kiyoko Yokota, Technical Advisor September 28, 2016 Otsego Lake Association 607-437-3742

Dateline: Cooperstown, NY — The Otsego Lake Association (OLA), in cooperation with SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station (BFS) researchers, have installed an automated water quality monitoring buoy on Otsego Lake. The majority of the new system was installed by […]

The True Scope of Earth’s Fresh Water Crisis

10 Shocking Facts

The California drought and Flint’s lead problem are just part of the bad news about world water supplies.

The map plots fresh water availability per capita in terms of thousands of cubic meters per person. The per capita volume of water resources available is a good indicator of […]