Input sought on restoring Lake Champlain

MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. The plan, titled “Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan,” outlines actions the state must take to reduce phosphorus pollution sources that currently compromise state waters.
The Phase 1 Implementation Plan and additional information on Lake Champlain’s restoration effort is posted online at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/restoring.
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. For EPA information on the Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDLs, visit https://www.epa.gov/tmdl/lake-champlain-phosphorus-tmdl-commitment-clean….
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. State officials said the new pollution targets set by the EPA, called Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), ensure a long-term path towards restored water quality in the lake.
Anyone who wishes to comment on the state’s plan for Lake Champlain by do so at a public meeting or through correspondence.
The state will host three public informational meetings — in South Burlington, St. Albans and Rutland — at the end of August 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.
The meetings will be held:
•  Aug. 29, 1–3 p.m., South Burlington DoubleTree Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington.
•  Aug. 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society, 9 Church St., St. Albans City.
•  Aug. 30, 6 – 8 p.m., Room 266, Asa Bloomer Building, 88 Merchants Row, Rutland.
Comments on the plan will be accepted through Sept. 7. Those unable to attend a public meeting can send comments on the draft plan by e-mail or mail.
Email comments to [email protected] or by U.S. mail to:
Attention: Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program
Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive, Main 2  
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522 

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