Vermont poised for “F” grade on Lake Champlain cleanup - VT Digger

Whatever Vermont has done to clean up Lake Champlain, it’s not good enough, say the feds. At this rate we won’t meet a key September 4 deadline. The dreaded, hugely expensive three-acre phosphorus runoff regulation may need to be enforced after all.

"Ehlers said he isn’t counting on federal action. “This is all kabuki theater in my mind — these letters going back and forth,” he said. “And the end outcome is that our waterways and our lake are getting more degraded and impaired every day.” Zack Porter, the Lake Champlain lakekeeper for the Conservation Law Foundation, said that the state needs “to find creative solutions” for funding “rather than kicking this one down the road.”."

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  • Karl Duffy
    commented 2020-07-19 13:11:15 -0400
    Research/Study… Research/Study…Research/Study!!!
    Enough of this as it is time to get to work! The key contributing factors are well known…Burlington, St Albans, Shelburne, Vergennes among others with municipal waste facilities problems must be given specific correction timetables and progress monitored! I would also like to hear the Dept. Of Agriculture
    plan and time table as this is also a clear factor.

    Over the last 20 years the various Administrations and Legislative leaders have kicked the issue down the road and accomplished very little meaningful progress in my opinion… lots of talk…little action!

    The taxpayers are clear… get busy now…enough is enough! This beautiful resource has been abused.
  • Rob Roper
    commented 2020-07-16 07:51:45 -0400
    Moral of the story: Giving government tens of millions of our dollars to pour into the Lake every year does not clean it up.