Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

9-18-18 Vermont drought map
National Integrated Drought Information System

The secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will host a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the effects of drought in Vermont and other natural resource issues as part of her ongoing community series.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

This week, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources announced that the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the state.  Officials are not surprised by the discovery, but they are disappointed.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

An environmental advocacy group is accusing the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources of allowing more pollution into Lake Champlain in a lawsuit.

Lake Champlain
WAMC Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources Secretary wants to fund water quality improvements from the state's capital bill, money usually used to pay for large construction projects.

Vermont Statehouse Spring 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders that roll back efforts to control global warming by eliminating the pending Clean Power Plan.  The administration’s budget proposal also proposes slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget more than 31 percent.  Environmental officials in Vermont say such moves would have serious repercussions on the state.

Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources Julie Moore
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources oversees three departments: Fish and Wildlife; Forests, Parks and Recreation; and Environmental Conservation.  In December, then Governor-elect Phil Scott announced Julie Moore would be appointed secretary of the agency.  She is the former Director of the Clean and Clear program in Governor Jim Douglas’ administration and chair of the Vermont Community Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain.  Secretary Julie Moore explains why one of her first actions was to undertake her recently completed statewide listening tour.

Blue Green Algae bloom
Lake Champlain International

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the phosphorus pollution limits for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what the limits mean for the lake.

wikipedia commons

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that gives the state more power to hold accountable companies that pollute the environment.

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is asking the public to weigh in on a new plan for protecting waters in the Southern Champlain Basin.

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Vermont officials are asking the public to weigh in on a new management plan for Mt. Philo State Park.

Picture of a judge's gavel
WikiMedia Commons

The Vermont Attorney General's office says the Department of Environmental Conservation of the Agency of Natural Resources is paying $12,000 in civil penalties and $6,000 for an environmental project to settle violations of state hazardous waste disposal rules.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources is offering some guidance on the implementation of the state's new recycling law.

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

A Vermont landfill that was ordered to close has won a 90-day reprieve.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The state of Vermont is hoping to improve water quality in Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay basin, which has been the site of toxic algae blooms, by reducing bacteria that flows into the bay and finding solutions to 13 suspected discharges in the towns of Enosburg Falls, North Troy, Richford and Swanton.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The space is being called gorgeous, but the cost "eye-popping." Vermont lawmakers are applying those terms to office space at the National Life building in Montpelier that has been renovated to house the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and other state agencies.

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources has ordered the Moretown landfill to close, citing odor problems and groundwater pollution.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

A House committee holds a hearing next week on a bill that calls for new protections for the shorelines of Vermont's lakes and ponds.

The deputy commissioner of Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation is going to become the deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

The appointment of Justin Johnson was announced Tuesday by ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz.

Johnson will replace Chris Recchia, who is leaving ANR to become commissioner of the Department of Public Service.

Johnson has 18-years of experience in local, state and federal government in both the United States and Australia.


The owner of a commercial wind project in Vermont has been issued a special permit allowing for possible fatalities of bats, some of which are endangered species in the state.

The permit was sought by First Wind, which has a 16-turbine wind development project in Sheffield.

The Caledonian-Record reports the permit issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources allows for fatalities for a maximum of four little brown bats, one Northern Long-Eared Bat, one Tri-Colored Bat and on Eastern Small-Footed Bat.

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources is helping cities and towns control stormwater runoff.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears says the state will invest federal money to help communities.

He said in Northfield, for example, officials are considering a proposed biomass plant and a plan to treat resulting wastewater. In Isle La Motte, officials are seeking money for engineering services that might improve stormwater runoff.