- Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - The Department of Environmental Conservation is holding public meetings to talk about its plans for reducing phosphorus runoff into the Lake Memphremagog Watershed in northern Vermont.

One meeting was held last week in Montpelier and another takes place Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

The department says too much phosphorus causes nuisance plant and algae growth and occasional toxic algae blooms.

The department says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan that calls for a 29 percent reduction in phosphorus flowing into the lake.

The watershed includes the Coaticook and Tomifobia rivers. More information about the plan can be found online .

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