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Public invited to participate in lake watershed meetings

July 12, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters have been invited to participate in three online presentations this month on an action plan to improve waterways and reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed from Ferrisburg to Swanton.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting the meetings on the plan for the area that includes the Lake Champlain Islands, Malletts and St. Albans bays and Burlington and Shelburne.

The department says the plans were developed in collaboration with members of local communities, state and federal agencies, watershed groups, regional planners, and agricultural partners.

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It says the plan covers current water quality issues; strategies to protect and improve local waterways; tactics to prevent and reduce phosphorus pollution from entering the lake; and funding and technical assistance for projects that help restore local waterways like tree planting along shorelines.

“While the state is responsible for developing basin plans to restore and protect surface waters, the participation of Vermonters in developing and activating the plan is key to the plan’s success,” said Karen Bates, the department’s watershed planner.

The presentations will take place July 15 at 6 p.m. during a Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission meeting; July 20 during a public forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; and on July 29 at 7 p.m. during a Northwest Regional Planning Commission meeting. Public comments may also be submitted by mail or email.

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