Gov. Peter Shumlin says his new Lake Champlain pollution plan contains a "carrot and stick" approach to control water pollution from dairy farms.
The carrot is money. The governor says he'll provide funds to help farmers do a better job handling manure.
But if they continue to pollute, he wants to kick them out of a program that reduces their property taxes. That’s the stick.
Implementing a comprehensive plan to deal with the toxic algae blooms in Lake Champlain was a key part of Shumlin's inaugural address on Thursday afternoon.