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Vt., NY and Quebec to design lake study plan

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The international organization that deals with issues in the Lake Champlain area is working to design a study to find ways to reduce future flooding in the lake and the Canadian river that drains it.

The International Joint Commission was created by the governments of the United States and Canada more than a century ago to manage waterways in both countries.

Last year, the commission created the International Lake Champlain and Richelieu River Workgroup to examine flooding issues after record spring floods in 2011 did tens of millions of dollars in damage to low-lying property along the lake and the river.

It's recommending a five-year study that would cost up to $14 million to evaluate flood history and make recommendations to reduce future flooding.

The commission is seeking public comments.

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