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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) launched an effort this year to improve how we track and measure performance using RBA. RBA is a framework used to measure how well an agency department, division, or program is performing. RBA looks to answer three primary questions: (1) How much did we do? (2) How well did we do it? (3) Is anyone better off?
The Watershed Management Division’s (WSMD’s) performance measures are organized based on our efforts to: protect, maintain, enhance, and restore Vermont’s surface waters; directly correlating to our mission. Seven performance measures focus on Division level efforts and four highlight efforts at the program level. Our Division Report can be found online here: http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/WSMDPerformanceMeasures2016.pdf
Performance measures were compiled from each Division and organized at the Department level by the categories of: water, air…
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Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy.
So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture, the future of farms, how to feed our growing population, and food equity challenges.
Also referred to geographically as a food shed, the food system includes all components of how food is produced and distributed—everything from farm viability and labor costs to consumer demand and food access to education and energy.
Our current food system is out of balance. We are far too reliant on food grown and distributed outside of our region and decisions made outside of our control. Even in locally conscious Vermont…
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Hinesburg replaces old stormwater system with a Bioretention System to Improve Water Quality in the LaPlatte River
At the beginning of October 2014, the Lewis Creek Association and the Town of Hinesburg constructed a new stormwater treatment system at the intersection of Vermont Route 116 and Silver Street. With funds from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP), the partners replaced existing “gray” infrastructure (three stormwater culverts that emptied directly into the river) with green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). GSI uses natural materials and processes to lessen the impact of the built environment on waterways.
The Silver Street bioretention system improves water quality by filtering pollutants that run-off from 7 impervious acres within the town. Water flows through beds of 1,350 native plants and shrubs growing in a shallow depression lined with permeable soils. By virtue of its careful construction…
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Rural Vermont – The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 5 – 6pm in Room 10 at the State House in Montpelier.Additionally, the Attorney General has extended the deadline for submitting written comments on the rule by two weeks to Thursday, February 12, 2015.
There is a variety of additional information from the Attorney General’s office available here.
We encourage anyone, who is interested in helping to ensure that our GMO Food Labeling law is implemented effectively, to either attend this hearing or submit your comments to ago.GEFoodLabelingRule@state.vt.us before the Feb. 12 deadline.