state of Vermont is hoping to improve water quality in Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Bay basin, which has been the site of toxic
algae blooms, by reducing bacteria that flows into the bay and finding
solutions to suspected discharges in the towns of Enosburg Falls, North Troy, Richford and Swanton.
Lake Champlain, hot weather and pollution have triggered blooms of
toxic blue-green algae. The blooms are a near-annual event. But this year, they’ve
reached dangerous levels in Missisquoi Bay. The state Health Department says pets and people
should stay out of the affected water. And a town in Quebec that uses the bay for its water supply says the water
is no longer safe to drink.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Vermont’s cleanup plan for Lake Champlain. The agency says Vermont has made progress, but needs to do more to cut phosphorus pollution in the big lake.