Farmers Reject Blame For Lake Carmi Pollution

Apr 13, 2018

Farmers in Vermont say they are being unfairly blamed for phosphorus runoff that is causing aggressive algae growth in Lake Carmi.

A group of farmers located near the Franklin County lake were at the Statehouse during a joint hearing on how to clean up the waterway.

They came with University of Vermont Agronomist Heather Darby, who said farmers are not over-applying phosphorus. She says new data shows farmers are using nutrient management practices on their land.

Farmer Denna Benjamin told lawmakers "farmers are not the problem — we are part of the solution."

A representative with the Agency of Agriculture says algae blooms have appeared in the lake since 1860. She says it's going to take a "significant number of years" to reverse the damage of phosphorus pollution.

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