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Paying For Clean Water

The Connecticut River.
Ric Cengeri
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VPR File
The Connecticut River is one of the major bodies of water that Vermont's clean water efforts benefit.

When it comes to bodies of water, your big boys in Vermont are Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and the Connecticut River. The rest of the state is pretty much in the watershed of these three. So when it comes to clean water, all of our waterways are interconnected.

And while most people agree that clean water is a high priority, how to pay for it gets tricky. We're talking about around $50 million that the federal EPA thinks Vermont should be kicking in for clean up and maintenance of these waterways annually.

The Legislature has ideas on the subject and so does Governor Phil Scott.

We hear from Westminster Representative David Deen and Vermont's Secretary of the Agency of National Resources Julie Moore on how Vermont might be able to pay for this task.

But first we'll get a weather update from National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Nash on the blizzard and snow event that has hit the area.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12 noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.