- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a plan to protect and restore water quality in some of the smaller tributaries that flow into the northern sections of Lake Champlain.

The Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainages Tactical Basin Plan is focused on protecting surface waters, but excludes the watersheds formed by the larger Winooski, Lamoille and Missisquoi rivers.

The plan promotes improvements of lakeshore and wetland habitat along Lake Champlain and Lake Iroquois, and supports both short- and long-term monitoring programs, including those in Allen Brook and Malletts Creek.

Vermont is working hard to improve water quality in Lake Champlain by reducing runoff from farms, roadways and other areas that contribute to phosphorous pollution in the lake.

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