Quebec farmers to reduce phosphorus runoff in Missisquoi Bay

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Quebec is committing 1.3 million dollars to reduce farm pollution from flowing into the Missisquoi Bay of Lake Champlain.

The pilot project announced yesterday includes installing runoff control devices and paying farmers to create buffer strips to reduce phosphorus runoff.

The phosphorus in manure and fertilizer has contributed to toxic blue-green algae blooms in the northeast section of the lake.

The blooms often deter swimmers, boaters and fishermen and reduce business along the Quebec shore.

Officials hope the program will provide a new approach for reducing phosphorus runoff.

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