Sarah Harris, NCPR

@timberlinharris

North Country Public Radio/Champlain Valley reporter for the Innovation Trail

Sarah Harris covers the Champlain Valley for Innovation Trail. She was an assistant teacher for the first class of the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Sarah's work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Sarah is a 2010 recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, has lived abroad in the Maldives and Nepal, and is a graduate of Middlebury College.

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12:15pm

Fri August 9, 2013
Phosphorus Runoff

Research examines links between runoff and phosphorus pollution

Farmer and tile drain installer Guy Palardy in front of a roll of drainage pipe
Sarah Harris/NCPR

Farmers in the Champlain Valley often use tile drains in their fields. They help the region’s clay soil drain faster and produce higher crop yields.

But for years, Lake Champlain has had high levels of phosphorus pollution, which can result in toxic blue-green algae blooms. And farm runoff is one of the primary contributors.

Now scientists are trying to figure out whether there’s a link between tile drainage and phosphorus pollution.

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6:00am

Fri June 28, 2013
Tech

Sailing through history

The Lois McClure on Lake Champlain.
Sarah Harris NCPR

The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner that's also a floating museum. This summer she's commemorating 19th century transportation history by traveling from Lake Champlain, across the canal system to Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence river to Montreal, and back again.

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3:05pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Business

Is Plattsburgh Montreal's U.S. suburb?

Plattsburgh, N.Y. is just over an hour's drive from Montreal.
adirondacknorthway.com

Jonathan Slater teaches communications at SUNY Plattsburgh. It’s the end of the work day, and he’s headed out to his car to go home.

But Jonathan’s commute involves an international border. He lives on the south shore of Montreal, and commutes to Plattsburgh every day.

"Next stop is the border – and that should take no more than a minute or two, and then home, and evening with my daughter," Jonathan says as he packs the trunk of his car and drives off.  

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6:00am

Wed June 12, 2013
Science

Lake Champlain's new waste boat

Ed Champagne, the sewage boat's captain.
Sarah Harris NCPR

 

It’s pouring rain at the Burlington waterfront. But that doesn’t stop about 20 people from coming to watch the launch of Lake Champlain’s newest service boat.

It’s called Champlain’s Ark. And its job isn’t pretty: hauling and disposing human waste so boaters don’t empty their tanks directly into the lake.

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6:30am

Fri June 7, 2013
Energy

Underwater power line could bring N.Y. power to New England

A Massachusetts company wants to build an underwater transmission line from Plattsburgh to Burlington, Vt. that could give New York energy producers access to a new market.

Anbaric Transmission hopes to build an underwater line beneath Lake Champlain that could deliver 400 megawatts of wind and hydropower generated in northern New York to New England.

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