Announcing a Series of Public Discussions in December, 2013 about the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL


Kari Dolan, Environmental Conservation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

The meetings will be moderated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program staff and held around the Lake Champlain Basin. There will be morning, afternoon, and evening sessions in an attempt to accommodate and encourage all interested persons to participate. No pre-registration is required. Please refer to the table below for the meeting schedule.

Phosphorus runoff and discharges from numerous sources within the Lake Champlain Basin are causing excessive growth of algae in the form of “blooms” in some areas of the lake that turn water murky shades of green, brown, or blue. Some of these algae blooms can be toxic to pets and people. Excessive phosphorus loading also increases the costs of drinking water and wastewater treatment, affects businesses that depend on clean water such as tourism and recreation, and depresses property values. Excessive phosphorus loading can also degrade the water quality of local streams and rivers that feed into Lake Champlain.

The TMDL will place a cap on the maximum amount of phosphorus that can be allowed to enter Lake Champlain and still meet Vermont’s water quality standards. It will allocate that maximum amount to each river basin draining to Lake Champlain and among the various phosphorus sources. Phosphorus sources include discharges from wastewater treatment facilities, runoff from developed lands, runoff from state and municipal road networks, runoff from agricultural lands and timber lands, and streambank erosion stemming from channel instability.

For more information, please contact Kari Dolan,




December 2, 2013

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Bliss Room, St Albans Historical Society

9 Church Street, St. Albans

December 2, 2013

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Swanton Municipal Building

120 First Street, Swanton

December 3, 2013

9:30am – 11:30am

Auditorium at the Pavilion Building

109 State Street, Montpelier

December 10, 2013

2:00pm – 4:00pm

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

1 College Street, Burlington

December 10, 2013

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Founders Room, Middlebury Inn

14 Court Square, Middlebury

December 11, 2013

10:30am – 12:30pm

Fox Room, Rutland Free Library

10 Court Street, Rutland