Author: Elaine Ezerins

Sensors deployed in St. Albans Bay

    ‘By doing this… you start to put together a holistic picture of the processes that control the water quality in the Bay.’ Andrew Schroth, UVM   ST. ALBANS — Researchers have placed a number of sensors in and around St. Albans Bay, some of their locations marked by buoys, to collect data in order to better understand water dynamics and nutrient movement in the bay. One of the researchers, Andrew Schroth, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Vermont, gave a brief overview of the project at the St. Albans Area Watershed Association (SAAWA) annual...

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Town eyes new Gricebrook entrance

  ST. ALBANS — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has responded positively to the St. Albans Town Selectboard’s idea to construct a multi-use path and three-way intersection on the St. Albans State Highway (SASH), according to board chair Bruce Cheeseman. “It appears that VTrans is looking at it favorably,” said Cheeseman Thursday. “They haven’t told us yes, but… they’ve encouraged us to keep moving forward.” Next steps will include conducting studies, creating further designs, applying for any grant money available and bringing the project in front of voters on Town Meeting Day if given formal approval from VTrans,...

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VSP back-to-school checkpoint

ST. ALBANS — Vermont State Police (VSP) and other local policing agencies conducted a safety checkpoint in front of Cadillac Motel on Route 7 Thursday morning to remind drivers to wear their seat belt and drive cautiously on their morning commute with school back in session. Lt. Maurice Lamothe, commander of the Vermont State Police St. Albans Barracks, said the checkpoint not only provides an opportunity for police to educate the public about driving safely on school bus and walk/bike to school routes. It also reminds the public of the police presence in the community. Ten or so police...

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Bay cleanup showing progress

ST. ALBANS TOWN — More than 80 people showed up to St. Albans Area Watershed Association’s (SAAWA) annual meeting in the St. Albans Bay Park Wednesday night to hear board members and guest speaker, Dept. of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker, talk about water quality. At the time of the meeting the Black Bridge area of the bay was under a high alert for blue-green algae and the Bay Park was closed to swimming. Attendees grabbed seats on the picnic benches in the Park bathhouse until it was standing room only and enjoyed barbeque and beer, courtesy of Bayside...

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Showcasing ‘no till’ fields

FRANKLIN — Using a soil health trailer as a visual aid, Fay Benson of Cornell Cooperative Extension demonstrates why practices such as cover cropping and no-till farming are effective at preventing runoff, controlling erosion and retaining nutrients.   Benson was the afternoon guest speaker at the 2017 summer meeting the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain and Farmer’s Watershed Alliance hosted all day Thursday in Franklin.   Farmers, community members and state officials were invited to Tim and Martha Magnant’s Bridgeman View Farm from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to...

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