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Above: Early experiments in Vermont with the Public Lab's infrared camera tool. .

PLOTS organizers Chris Fastie and Ned Horning are involved in multispectral imaging hardware, multispectral image processing, control and monitoring of airborne cameras, and agricultural mapping.

Recent Events

Toxic Action Center, brainstorming tools/tool use at sites in Vermont:

Vermont Toxics Action Center Campaigns

• Moretown- existing landfill that is reaching capacity and proposing an expansion that would double its current operating size. Issues include offsite odors, ground water contamination and structural damage from blasting. Potential tools: 1. Hydrogen Sulfide 2. Aerial Mapping 3. Spectrometer (well water testing)

• Graniteville- neighborhood fighting a proposed asphalt plant. Potential issues include toxic air emissions, particulate matter and truck traffic. Potential tools: 1. Aerial mapping (to illustrate proximity of household and schools to proposed sight)

• Williston- residents who neighbor a shooting range are trying to urge the gun club and state to clean up existing lead pollution. Issues include well water contamination from lead. Potential tools: 1. Spectrometer (brook and well water testing)

• Wells- residents are working to urge the Lake Association to stop using herbicides to control weeds in Lake St. Catherine. Group is looking for a way to illustrate harmful effects of herbicides on lake health and ecology. Issues of concern include human health threats from use of herbicides in the lake. Potential tools: 1. Spectrometer

• Cabot- community members are urging Agrimark (Cabot Creamery) to abandon their practice of land application of industrial waste water. Issues of concern include effect of chemical and contaminants on soil, groundwater and nearby streams and rivers. Potential tools: 1. Infrared imaging

• VT Yankee (nuclear power plant). Issues include thermal pollution from cooling towers into Connecticut River. Potential tools: 1. Thermal pollution photography

Additional local campaigns; • Springfield- community members are working to stop a proposed large scale biomass incinerator from developing in their neighborhood. Issues of concern include air pollution, particularly particulate matter, impact on water supply, and truck traffic. • Junkyards, statewide- Toxics Action Center has worked with several communities that are working to clean up pollution from illegal junkyards. Concerns with poorly operated and maintained junkyards include potential water and groundwater pollution from materials stored on site, soil pollution of heavy metals, and risk of fire due to storage of tires.

Recent Events

Vermont Environmental Summit

November 18, 2012

Chris Fastie led a workshop on aerial mapping with PLOTS tools.

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LEAFFEST

Low Elevation Aerial Flights For Earth Sensing Technology

September 21-23, 2012

Here are some Research Notes on the activities at LEAFFEST 2012.