- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont is seeking public input on a plan to clean up Lake Champlain by reducing the amount of phosphorous and other pollutants that reach the lake.

Experts say the greatest threat to Lake Champlain’s water quality is excess phosphorous carried into waters by runoff and erosion from rainfall and melting snow.

The excess phosphorus causes algae blooms, which can hinder swimming, fishing and other recreational uses, decrease property values, and threaten human health.

Farms believed responsible for the largest amount of the pollution will be expected to do more in the cleanup efforts and make necessary changes.

Two public meetings have been scheduled for Aug. 29, one in South Burlington, the other in St. Albans. On Aug. 30 a meeting will be held in Rutland.

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