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An algae bloom in Burlington, VT. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4815081929/">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
An algae bloom in Burlington, VT. Photo: Don Shall, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How Vermont's trying to help Lake Champlain with new transportation regulations

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers will be examining the effects of new environmental regulations on transportation in the state.

State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say roads and parking lots are contributors to non-wastewater runoff flowing into Lake Champlain, which they say is causing algae blooms, hurting tourism and increasing water treatment costs.

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Solutions include drainage and culvert projects on roads, green infrastructure and new permits for highways and town roads.

The EPA expects to have the state's proposed goals by the end of March.

The operations division environmental program manager from the state Agency of Transportation will address the Senate Committee on Transportation at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Statehouse.

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