As I write this, the leaves of our trees have unfurled, our forests blooming in an unthinkable diversity and abundance. Even in the midst of a dry early summer, everything seems full to the brim with water and with life.
Do you enjoy spending time on Lake Champlain? Do you care about water quality and habitat? Join Lewis Creek Association and volunteers as we manage European frogbit and other aquatic invasive plants in Shelburne and Charlotte this June!
In my work at the Conservation Commission I reviewed a subdivision application in which two state agencies, another town committee, and a not-for-profit all held interests aimed at compliance with federal guidelines. Add to that a concern for global climate stability, and these layers of complexity, while necessary, are frustrating and often counterproductive.
I recently spotted something remarkable at the Denver Botanic Garden: an atmospheric water harvester. What, you say? Denver receives from eight to 15 inches of rain in an average year; Vermont about 37. (For the record, Colorado experiences 300 or more days of sunshine each year while Vermont averages about half that number.)
Please join Lewis Creek Association and friends Thursday, April 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinesburg Town Hall to learn more about the cost of clean water and who pays when rivers and streams become impaired.
Did you know that you can survive almost a month without food but only a few days without water? Without sufficient water in the body physical performance can suffer. It’s especially important to stay hydrated during times of intense heat. We are sure to experience some hot days soon, so be sure to keep a water bottle handy.
Stormwater runoff is a serious water quality problem in Vermont that demands action. There is a fine balance between moving forward with urgency and unnecessarily compromising on cost-effective solutions. We must use the best available science and technology to ensure we select the most efficient path to clean water. I think Vermonters want us, and expect us, to invest their money wisely.