The Lake Champlain Basin Program confirmed late last week that the invasive spiny water flea has entered Lake Champlain. The zooplankton threatens to disrupt the food chain and could become a nuisance to anglers.
People living along the shores of Lake Champlain are taking note of the problems Toledo, Ohio has faced with water contaminated by toxic algae. That’s because the same blue green algae appears in parts of the local lake each summer.
Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that money is available from the recently enacted Farm Bill to help improve agricultural water quality in one of the problematic watersheds that drain into the Mississquoi Bay of Lake Champlain.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says damage from overnight flooding Tuesday into Wednesday was wide-ranging but receding. He warned that Lake Champlain is nearing flood stage and will continue to rise in the coming days.
The Vermont League of Cities and Towns says the Lake Champlain cleanup plan is headed in the right direction, but members have concerns about how the plan will be paid for and how the state can permit municipal roads.