Over 500 Vermonters attended the six public meetings held in December, 2013, to discuss the fate of Lake Champlain’s water quality. The meetings were held all over the Lake Champlain Basin (draining nearly half of the land mass in Vermont), including Swanton and St. Albans to the north, Burlington and Montpelier in the central portion of the Basin, and Middlebury, and Rutland in the south. The meetings were sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) and the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, and were facilitated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
The purpose of the meetings was to discuss possible solutions to restore Lake Champlain and the tributaries that flow into it. Those solutions are contained in a draft document entitled, “State of Vermont’s Proposal for a Clean Lake Champlain.” You can find a copy of the draft on the VT DEC Restoring Lake Champlain webpage: http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/erp/champlain/
There is still time to send in comments on this draft Proposal. Please send your comments to Kari Dolan at the VT DEC (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 17, 2014.