Vermont officials to send lake cleanup plan
Associated Press, 2014-03-31
MONTPELIER, Vt . (AP) — Vermont officials will be sending off a plan to reduce storm water runoff into Lake Champlain to avoid costly federal intervention.
The implementation plan is due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday.
Officials say the runoff is polluting the lake, causing algae blooms, deterring tourists and causing increased water treatment costs.
The plan includes enhancing water quality rules for agriculture, requiring additional storm water treatment for developed areas, building green infrastructure, funneling drainage from roads and improving rules for managing rivers and floodplains.
If the plans do not meet EPA expectations, Vermont could face expensive regulations that would mean additional requirements on sewage plants. Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign a letter committing the state to the plans by the end of April.