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The State of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. The Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Phase 1 Implementation Plan outlines actions the State must take to reduce phosphorus pollution sources that currently compromise State waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a set of phosphorus pollution targets in June that the State must meet in its phase 1 plan.
The greatest threat to Lake Champlain’s water quality is excess phosphorous carried into waters by runoff and erosion from rainfall and snowmelt. Excess phosphorus causes algae blooms, which can hinder swimming, fishing and other recreational uses, decrease property values, and threaten human health. The EPA’s new TMDL pollution targets ensure a long-term path towards restored water quality in the lake.
The State will host three public informational meetings to solicit feedback on the final draft of the Phase 1 Implementation Plan:
Interested persons are encouraged to attend to learn more about the State’s action plan.
Comments on the plan will be accepted through Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Those unable to attend a public meeting can send comments on the draft plan by email or mail to:
Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program
Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522.
Details of upcoming Department of Environmental Conservation events are posted on the DEC’s web calendar.