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New plan to fight pollution in Lake Champlain

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The state has a new plan to take on pollution in Lake Champlain.

It is a new stormwater runoff permit, covering 13 communities in northwestern Vermont. The estimated cost is $100 million. The idea is to find ways to treat the water that runs off from roads, yards and buildings in those communities because that runoff is a major source of the lake's water quality problem. The permit requires the communities to create stormwater controls as soon as possible, but the permit allows 20 years to get the work done.

Dave Whitney is a wetlands expert and he also owns a firm that builds stormwater treatment systems. He appeared on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. to talk about stormwater runoff and the state's plan. Watch the video for more.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state needs federal help.

"One of the things I'm going to be urging the president to do and Congress in my position as DGA chair is to ensure we're investing in infrastructure with federal dollars that we're going to need to have clean water and travelable transportation byways. That's a goal that the governors, both Democratic and Republican, share with me. We need federal help," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

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