Coalition calls for stepped up water protection
MONTPELIER ó A coalition of 32 environmental groups, businesses and other organizations are calling for improved protection of Vermontís rivers and lakes, including Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River.
Among the biggest threats seen by the groups is an overload of nutrients, including phosphorus flowing into the stateís rivers from both farms and yards. The groups say incidents like algae blooms in Lake Champlainís Missisquoi Bay harm the stateís tourism economy.
Lori Fisher of the Lake Champlain Committee says the stateís public water supply infrastructure alone needs nearly $400 million in upgrades in the next 20 years.
Chris Kilian of the Conservation Law Foundation says the state needs to focus on tougher enforcement of its environmental laws.