- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state’s updated water quality standards.

The standards are the foundation of the state’s effort to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers and streams by setting limits on the levels of pollutants in lakes and streams.

The amendments include revisions to standards for protecting water for swimming, technical changes to toxic substance requirements and a new phosphorous criteria framework to protect inland lakes and ponds and some streams so they comply with the federal Clean Water Act

Commissioner Alyssa Schuren says the standards, now approved by the EPA, will help keep lakes and streams safe from bacteria, toxic chemicals and excessive nutrients.

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