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Sailing on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris
Sailing on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Vermont officials offer briefing on lake cleanup

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Top officials with several Vermont state agencies say they are ready to collaborate on efforts to clean up phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears briefed reporters on a new plan submitted by the state to the Environmental Protection Agency that is designed to reduce the flow of phosphorus into rivers feeding the lake.

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Mears was joined by Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross and Housing and Community Affairs Commissioner Noelle MacKay, each of whom discussed how their agencies would help implement the lake cleanup plan.

Officials say two areas of focus will be improved agricultural and forestry practices to reduce phosphorus-laden runoff into rivers.

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