State Releases Plan To Manage Lake Champlain Bay

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The state of Vermont is hoping to improve water quality in Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Bay basin – which has been the site of toxic algae blooms – by reducing bacteria that flows into the bay and finding solutions to 13 suspected discharges in the towns of Enosburg Falls, North Troy, Richford and Swanton.

Those are some of the ideas in the Missisquoi Bay water quality management plan released today by the Agency of Natural Resources.

The five-year plan provides an overview of the health of the basin and focuses on both improving water quality and aquatic habitat that is vital to the state’s fisheries.

The plan calls for looking at the feasibility of removing the Swanton dam and reducing erosion from town roads as well as the amount of phosphorous that reaches the bay.


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