- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont environmental officials are using some new advice from the EPA in their annual monitoring of cyanobacteria on Lake Champlain.

Blue-green algae occurs naturally in the waters of Vermont, including in the lake, and thrives in nutrient-rich conditions. The algae can multiply rapidly in warm conditions.

Sarah Vose, toxicologist for the state Health Department, said the EPA guidance will be used to determine the appropriate advisory level to protect residents’ health, expected to be in place by early summer.

The departments of Health and Environmental Conservation and the Lake Champlain Committee have partnered to train drinking water operators on blue-green algae monitoring for the past several years, so that public water systems are prepared. The Health Department laboratory is also equipped to test for cyanobacteria toxins.

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