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How Can Vermont Come Up With The Money For Lake Champlain Cleanup?

Photo courtesy Lake Champlain Basin Program
A sediment plume is seen in spring at the mouth of the Lamoille River where is empties into Lake Champlain.

One-point-three billion dollars. That's the total amount the state thinks it needs to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways over the next 20 years.  So where does the money come from? The Treasurer's Office has just released a report that maps out how to raise most of that funding.

Treasurer's Office has been working on its recommendations for several months, after being charged with delivering a menu of options by January 15.  On the next Vermont Edition, we'll comb through the details of the funding report with state Treasurer Beth Pearce and former Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alyssa Schuren. 

Related from VPR: Report Calls For Per-Parcel Fee On Landowners To Pay For $970 Million Water Cleanup

Also in the program, the cost overruns and schedule delays of the F-35 program. The first fleet of the controversial fighter jet is planned to be based at the Vermont Air Guard base in South Burlington starting in 2019. After President-elect Trump's mention of the F-35 in his press conference on Wednesday, we get an update on where the production of this aircraft stands with Phil Ewing, NPR's national security editor.

Broadcast on Monday, January 16, 2017 live at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.


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