A stream crossing in Townshend
is the test culvert for building back town infrastructure in a more resilient
fashion after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency says it won’t pay for larger culverts like the one in
Townshend that the state says are needed to withstand future floods. FEMA says
the state is applying inconsistent standards.
Photographer, Karl Decker, is a photographer who has spent nearly a decade in the homes and gardens of Townshend’s residents, learning their stories and taking their portraits. Those photos and stories are now published in a book called "The People of Townshend, Vermont."
persistent drought struck large
swaths of the country this summer, and Vermont towns also report concerns about the lack of rain.
climatologist says aquifer levels continue to
drop because there was so little rainfall.
advocates would like to see Vermont towns go back to
the renewable energy future by relying more heavily on hydroelectricity. They
say a bill to simplify the permit process that’s pending on Governor Peter
Shumlin’s desk would make that more likely, but skeptics say hydro is still too
inefficient and expensive.
Peter Shumlin is asking President Obama to increase the state’s federal reimbursement
for damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene from 75 to 90 percent, the cost of Irene-related repair work continues to saddle city and town finances.
Secretary Brian Searles says the historic covered bridge in Townshend has been patched several times over the
years, and last week the Vermont Agency of Transportation decided to close it to all traffic.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation says a recent inspection of the
Scott Bridge in Townshend showed that it had extensive deterioration,
and that it should be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians.