Input Needed on Draft Plan to Restore Lake Champlain

The State of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. That plan, entitled the Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase I Implementation Plan, outlines actions to reduce phosphorus sources and meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently released phosphorus pollution limits, or Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). Comments on the draft will be accepted through September 7, 2016.

Email comments to or mail to:

Attention: Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program
Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

Please note: Mailed comments must be received by September 7th.

The State will also host three public informational meetings in South Burlington, St. Albans, and Rutland on the draft of the Phase I Implementation Plan at the end of August.  Interested persons are encouraged to attend to learn more about the State’s plans to restore Lake Champlain.

Lake Champlain TMDLs Phase I Implementation Plan Public Informational Meetings
August 29, 2016 1:00 – 3:00 pm South Burlington DoubleTree Hotel
1117 Williston Road, South Burlington
August 29, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 pm Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society
9 Church Street, St. Albans City
August 30, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 pm Room 266, Asa Bloomer Building
88 Merchants Row, Rutland

Phosphorus pollution, caused by runoff and erosion from rainfall and snowmelt, is the greatest threat to Lake Champlain’s water quality. Excess phosphorus causes algae blooms, which can hinder swimming, fishing and other recreational uses, decrease property values, and threaten human health.  Learn more at the Restoring Lake Champlain webpage.