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Vermont's Rivers: Recreational Opportunities, Environmental Challenges

A lot of focus was placed on the health of Lake Champlain during the recent legislative session. But it's the rivers that are carrying phosphorous to the lake with runoff from farmlands, municipal roads and waste treatment plants.

But it's not all bad news for our rivers. They provide outstanding recreational opportunities like canoeing, swimming and fishing. And parts of two Vermont rivers have received a special federal wild and scenic designation, which will be celebrated this weekend.

We discuss the health and solutions for our rivers with Shana Stewart Deeds, coordinator of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, and Neil Kamman, a scientist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. And we hear about recreational opportunities from Karrie Thomas, executive director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Also on the program, we visit UVM's Fleming Museum of Art's current exhibit, "Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon."

Broadcast live on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.