DEC seeks input on Lake Memphremagog cleanup plans

NEWPORT, Vt. (WCAX) A new plan is in the works to help clean up Lake Memphremagog in the Northeast Kingdom.

The EPA approved plan calls for reducing the daily load of phosphorus flowing into the lake's watershed by 29-percent. Phosphorus causes blue green algae that can be harmful to humans and pets. Other efforts have been tried before, but officials say this is the first time there's been an actual target. Volunteers collected water samples and data for eight years, but DEC project coordinator Ben Copans says more education needs to be done.

"I think there some more work to do up in the Lake Memphremagog watershed in particular. I think in the Lake Champlain basin the word has been out there for quite a while, so that's really one of our efforts -- is to try to develop these partnerships and try to figure out ways to reach these individual folks," Copans said.

They don't know how much the project will cost, and that will really depend on what work needs to happen to get to that 29-percent reduction.

The first public meeting for the Lake Memphremagog, Coaticook and Tomifobia Rivers Tactical Basin Plan is scheduled for Thursday in Montpelier. A second hearing is planned for Nov. 14 in Newport.