Coalition calls for stepped up water protection

A coalition of 32 environmental groups, businesses, and other organizations is calling for better protection of Vermont’s 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 state’s rivers from farms and yards. The groups said episodes such as algae blooms in Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Bay harm the state’s tourism economy. Lori Fisher of the Lake Champlain Committee said the state’s public water supply infrastructure alone needs nearly $400 million in upgrades in the next 20 years.