Above: Early experiments in Vermont with the Public Lab's infrared camera tool. .
Potential sites for tool use in Vermont from Kalyn w/ TAC based on 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.
Vermont Environmental Summit
November 18, 2012
Chris Fastie led a workshop on aerial mapping with PLOTS tools.
Low Elevation Aerial Flights For Earth Sensing Technology
September 21-23, 2012