MONTPELIER, Vt. — Clean water advocates in Vermont continue to urge lawmakers to take action to reduce river pollution.

Vermont Public Radio reports ( a group of protesters paddled the North Branch River in Montpelier on Thursday to raise awareness about river pollution. Advocates who participated in the paddle protest and others across the state are pushing for funding to protect waterways they say are neglected.

Nearly 1 million gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the state’s rivers in August. Advocates say the unchecked pollution proves state environmental policies concerning rivers needs to be strengthened.

The board chairman of the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club, Mark Nelson, says their next job will be to recruit more members to advocate for pollution reduction in state rivers.

Information from: WVPS-FM,