Checking In On Vermont's Clean Water Efforts As Summer Breeds Algae Blooms

Jul 24, 2019

Hot summer weather is bringing Vermont's water quality concerns to a boil, with toxic blue-green algae blooms infecting lakes and rivers and closing beaches in the last week. We're talking about Vermont's water quality issues and the state's efforts to solve its clean water problems.

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore joins Vermont Edition to talk about how the state's new Act 76 lays out plans to address — and fund — the state's water quality projects, and how the state will create accountable Clean Water Service Providers to oversee cleanup projects.

We'll also hear from Diana Wood with Burlington’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront on its water quality monitoring and multiple beach closures in the last week.

And state auditor Doug Hoffer shares his conclusions from a recent report, which found Vermont's clean water spending and data tracking during a two-year period were both found wanting.

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Broadcast live on Thursday, July 24, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.