- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - A nonprofit group working to clean up Lake Champlain has won a $50,000 federal grant to develop a phosphorus removal system at a farm in Franklin.

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain will design and monitor a system to remove phosphorus at the end of a subsurface drain on a farm.

The grant announced Friday is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Runoff from farms, wastewater treatment plants and developed properties are among the primary sources of phosphorus, which is blamed for toxic algae blooms in the lake.

The group is expected to develop two treatment systems with two different phosphorus filtering media.

The systems will be monitored for two years and phosphorus loads will be calculated before and after their use.

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