The future of composting in Burlington

As of this writing, negotiations between the Intervale Center, Chittenden Solid Waste District and the State to address the future of composting in Burlingtons Intervale and the region are ongoing. The City of Burlington has been deeply involved in several facets of the process related to both composting and agricultural practices across the Intervale. The city has a role as a regulator, a 1 percent owner of 179 acres of Intervale land, and a proponent of sustaining and enhancing farming and passive recreation in the Intervale. The issues are complex and also involve the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and federal floodway regulations. Vermonts Congressional delegation has been instrumental in securing funding for updated floodway maps in the Intervale and working with FEMA. Lead-based paint can be found in over 70 percent of Burlington homes and can seriously harm childrens health. The Burlington Lead Program (BLP) can help address this issue. BLP has money available to homeowners and rental property owners to reduce lead paint hazards in their Burlington properties. All lead hazards are mitigated, with a possibility of replacing old wood windows and a new coat of exterior paint. While work can be expensive, BLP funding is free after 5 years. There is no cure for lead poisoning, there is only prevention. Call 865-LEAD or go to www.cedoburlington.org/ to find out more information. September is National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month. Recovery Month recognizes substance abuse recovery efforts across the country. Alcohol and drug dependence cut across age, gender, race, and socio-economic class. In recognition of National Recovery Month Ill be issuing a proclamation declaring Recovery Month in Burlington at an event at the Turning Point Center, 61 Main Street, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. The City of Burlington is one of 30 cities across the U.S. joining the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to report on climate change actions and emissions data. The CDC and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability will be working with participating cities to help them voluntarily report their greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change-relevant data. The city has successfully completed the Battery Street Extension project along the west side of Battery Street between Battery Park and College Street. The project includes a fully accessible 10 foot wide concrete path (replacing a gravel trail that was subject to rutting in the spring and fall, and washing out during heavy rainfall), other public amenities such as additional seating, new lighting, trash receptacles, public art, and improved pedestrian access from Battery Street at the Cherry Street intersection. The project also includes improved stormwater management, with better grading of the area and a stormwater collection tank installed to detain and retain rainwater during storms, before releasing it into the Citys combined storm/sewer system. Bob Kiss is the mayor of Burlington, Vt. His column apears regularly in the Times Sentinel.

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