Input Needed on Draft Plan to Restore Lake Champlain

08 August 2016

The State of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. That plan, entitled the Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan, outlines actions to reduce phosphorus sources and meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently released new phosphorus pollution limits, or Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). Comments on the draft will be accepted through September 7, 2016.

Email comments to anr.cleanwatervt@vermont.gov or mail to:
           
            Attention: Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program
            Watershed Management Division
            1 National Life Drive, Main 2
            Montpelier, VT 05620-3522  

Please note: Mailed comments must be received by September 7th.

The State will also host three public informational meetings in South Burlington, St. Albans, and Rutland on the final draft of the Phase 1 Implementation Plan at the end of August.  Interested persons are encouraged to attend to learn more about the State’s plans to restore Lake Champlain.  Dates, times, and locations are posted below and on the DEC Calendar.

August 29, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
South Burlington DoubleTree Hotel
1117 Williston Road, South Burlington

August 29, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society
9 Church Street, St. Albans City

August 30, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Room 266, Asa Bloomer Building
88 Merchants Row, Rutland

Phosphorus pollution, caused by runoff and erosion from rainfall and snowmelt, is the greatest threat to Lake Champlain’s water quality. Excess phosphorus causes algae blooms, which can hinder swimming, fishing and other recreational uses, decrease property values, and threaten human health.  Learn more on the Restoring Lake Champlain webpage.