- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking to find and eliminate potential sources of water pollution in the White River watershed.

The two-year study will focus on non-stormwater discharges into stormwater systems in 12 Vermont towns including Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph and Hartford.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/1NH51K4 ) the department has contracted Burlington-based Watershed Consulting Associates LLC to do the work. Contractors will study streams and their tributaries and municipal stormwater systems to identify possible pollutant sources. This will happen in the late spring, summer and fall of this year and next.

Permission will be sought from residents and landowners before privately owned and maintained systems are accessed.

If any pollution indicators are found, contractors will work with the town and department to resolve the issue.

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