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A New Plan For Cleaning Up Lake Champlain

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John Dillon
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VPR File
Blue-green algae in Lake Champlain caused by excessive phosphorus.

The state’s last plan to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain was rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), did not take into account the effects of climate change, according to the EPA, and was not specific enough it its requirements.

David Mears, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation has been working to release the final version of the TMDL by the end of March.

We’ll talk to Commissioner Mears about the plan: what’s in it, how it meets the EPA’s requirements, and how it will be funded. We'll also hear from Chris Kilian, director of the Conservation Law Foundation in Vermont, and David Deen,  chair of the House Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources Committee.

Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net

Also on the show, we'll learn more about one of Vermont's iconic trees: the Eastern Hemlock, from author Robert Sullivan. He has written the forward to the new book, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, which was recently adapted in Orion Magazine.

Broadcast live on Monday, March 24th at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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