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Lake Champlain Phosphorous TMDL: A Commitment to Clean Water

Lake Champlain

Excess phosphorous from a variety of sources has impaired the water quality of Lake Champlain. In 2002, Vermont prepared a plan to reduce phosphorous loadings by developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). A TMDL places a cap on the maximum amount of phosphorous that is allowed to enter the Lake and still meet Vermont's water quality standards. EPA disapproved the Vermont 2002 Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL in 2011. EPA has prepared new TMDLs (see link below) in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

EPA is soliciting public comment on new phosphorus TMDLs for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. The public comment period is open from August 14, 2015 through October 15, 2015. Comments may be submitted via the US Mail or by email to the contact listed below. Copies of the documents listed in the "References" section of the TMDL may also be obtained from the contact below. Following the close of the comment period, the Regional Administrator will issue a final decision and transmit the final TMDL to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, for incorporation in the Department’s Water Quality Management Plan.

EPA, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Agency of Agriculture will jointly conduct public outreach meetings to provide an overview of the TMDL and Vermont’s implementation plan. The meetings will be hosted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program and will take place in the following locations:

  • Wednesday, August 26, 6-8 pm, Historical Society, St. Albans, VT;
  • Thursday, August 27, 10-12, Doubletree Hotel, Burlington, VT; and
  • Thursday, August 27, 2-4, Rutland Free Library, Rutland, VT.

For further information or to submit comments please contact:

Stephen Perkins (perkins.stephen@epa.gov)
Lake Champlain TMDL Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 – New England
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OEP06-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912

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Total Maximum Daily Load Document and Appendices

Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan (Draft, August 2015)

Public Meetings, Press Releases and Presentations

2002 TMDL Documents

Technical Reports

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