BURLINGTON, Vt. — Gov. Phil Scott and other state officials on Monday launched Vermont Clean Water Week to highlight efforts to clean up the water in the state such as Lake Champlain and to celebrate the state’s streams, ponds and lakes.
Communities around Vermont will be holding water-related events this week, like boating tours, nature walks and tours of wastewater treatment plants, Vermont Public Radio reported .
The Republican governor’s administration issued a proclamation declaring Clean Water Week.
“This proclamation gives Vermont the opportunity to take stock of the intrinsic value of our rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands to our economy, our communities and our way of life,” said Emily Boedecker, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. “While we face difficult challenges to restore clean water in some parts of the state, we are also celebrating this declaration, which demonstrates our resolve to work together for clean water.”
More than 90 businesses and organizations have signed up to be sponsors, offering nearly 60 events, organizers said.
“Whether you’re interested in fish art or wastewater treatment facility operation or green storm water in downtowns or canoeing on a scenic river, you have an opportunity to get out and really see and value clean water at nearly 60 events this coming week,” Boedecker said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mandated Vermont clean up Lake Champlain, specifically by reducing phosphorus runoff, which causes toxic algae blooms. The Legislature in 2015 outlined a plan that relies on several measures, including the management of manure from farms, buffer zones near waterways and ditches and the reduction of runoff from parking lots.
More information and a listing of events can be found online on the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s website, at http://www.dec.vermont.gov.