US-Canada Commission Seeks Input On Lake Cleanup

04/05/12 6:06AM

A U.S.-Canadian panel created to seek ways to clean up Lake Champlain wants to get public input before it issues its final report.

In 2008, the International Joint Commission asked scientists from the governments of the two countries as well as Vermont and the Province of Quebec to produce the Missisquoi Bay Critical Source Area Study.

Missisquoi Bay is the northernmost section of Lake Champlain, most of which is in Quebec. The bay has one of the highest concentrations of the pollutant phosphorous in the lake, which is bordered by Vermont, New York and Quebec.

The phosphorous helps produce sometimes-toxic algae blooms in the bay.

The first hearing is set for May 1 in St. Armand, Quebec. On May 2 a hearing will be held in Swanton.

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