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Addressing the health of Lake Champlain

Burlington, Vermont - December 6, 2010

The health of Lake Champlain is a constant concern.

The lake is an economic and recreational jewel but algae blooms in the summer wreak havoc making the water look like pea soup.  The blue-green algae can irritate the skin and has even killed a few dogs that ingested it.  Phosphorous is the fuel that feed the blooms.  We've spent 100-million dollars to clean up the lake but pollution problems persist.  And now there is a new agreement called Opportunities for Action intended to redouble efforts to improve water quality.

Opportunities for Action was signed last week by dignitaries from Vermont, New York, the EPA and Quebec. Bill Howland of the Lake Champlain Basin Program joins The :30 to talk about the new plan and the health of the lake.

Howland said,"We're continuing the main focus of previous plans on reducing phosphorous, controlling aquatic invasive species that are trying to get into the basin, and protecting human health." He added that the plan also includes increased emphasis on the impact of climate change, and using public education and outreach programs.

f you want to check out the Opportunities for Action plan, it's available online.  Opportunities for Action 2010

 

For more information, watch the video on The :30.

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