Establishing regions for lakes permit programs increases efficiency

Establishing regions for lakes permit programs increases efficiency

Originally posted on Flow:

Are you planning to develop your shoreland property?  A recent change in how the new Shoreland Permit Program and the long-established Lake Encroachment Permit Program are administered will make the permitting process more efficient.

While the two permit programs regulate different activities, their jurisdictional boundaries meet at mean water level. The Shoreland Permit Program regulates activities on the lakeshore, from mean water level to 250 feet outward on lakes greater than 10 acres.  The Lake Encroachment Permit Program regulates activities from the mean water level inward. As many shoreland projects cross this boundary, a single permit analyst will now be administering both programs on a regional basis.

For more information, or to obtain a shoreland permit or lake encroachment permit, please contact the appropriate Regional Permit Analyst.

Shoreland & Lake Encroachment Permit Program Regional Contacts

Shoreland & Lake Encroachment Permit Program Regional Contacts

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Why Is The Pentagon Arming Vermont’s Cops? (INVESTIGATION)

Originally posted on Second Vermont Republic:

Kudos to SEVEN DAYS, our Burlington-based independent weekly, for covering the Pentagon’s dramatic arming of local Vermont law enforcement.


This important story explains why our bucolic Vermont towns look more and more like foreign war zones under occupation by the U.S. of Empire.

And in case you can’t visualize the scene, here’s a handy photo from a recent standoff between local law enforcement in Vermont’s Mad River Valley (Moretown) and a local citizen – note the full body armor.

2VR-Local cops complex

In a state of hunting and fishing with the most permissive firearm carry laws in the U.S., a state where local hunter safety classes remain popular and so many law-abiding citizens own and responsibly use firearms, a state with one of the lowest rates of homicide in the Empire, arming our local law enforcement officers to the teeth seems ludicrous.

Unless there are other motivations at work…?

Free Vermont!

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Up Coming Oven workshop in Vermont

Build a Backyard Wood-Fire Clay Oven

Saturday, August 9 – Sunday August 10 (9-5pm)


Winooski, VT
$125 per person (8 student maximum)

Instructor: Simha Bode is a community activist and a permaculture propagator based in central Vermont. He spends his time building soils, cultivating organic foods, wildcrafting, building earth ovens, and baking sourdough bread. Simha has taught courses at Yestermorrow and Metta Earth Institute.

To Register/more information: or call 802-595-0058

Earthen Oven Workshop

Trees for Streams by Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Districts

Trees for Streams by Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Districts.

With support from state grant funds administered by the Ecosystem Restoration Program, theVermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) and participating districts will be undertaking streamside planting efforts this spring on 19 sites throughout Vermont. The 19 sites involve about 18.5 acres. The grant to VACD includes a second round of site selection during fall 2014 and planting efforts slated for spring 2015. Interested persons should contact VACD at 802-496-5162 or by dialing the office of your nearest Conservation District.

VT GMO Labeling Action – June 16th

Industrial Food Corporations
Attack VT’s GMO Labeling Law

Friday June 13, 2014


Rally to Defend Vermont’s New GMO Labeling Law

WHEN: Monday June 16, 2014 at 2:00PM

WHERE: Church Street, Burlington
– in front of the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop

WHO: Vermonters who care about what’s in their food

Rural Vermont, a founding member of the Vermont Right to Know Coalition, invites everyone who cares about your right to know what’s in your food to join us for a rally in support of Vermont as we defend our new GMO Labeling Law.

Yesterday, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and a host of their industrial food corporate allies filed a lawsuit in federal court calling for Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law to be struck down.

The rally is being organized collaboratively by Ben & Jerry’s, the Governor’s Office, and the Vermont Right to Know Coalition. The goal of the rally is to demonstrate broad support for Vermont’s new GMO Labeling Law and to promote the Vermont Food Fight Fund.

Ben & Jerry’s will unveil a new ice cream flavor that will help support the VT Food Fight Fund and of course, free samples will be available.