You’ve seen the news: Lake Carmi closed because of a toxic algae bloom likely caused by phosphorus-laden silt, similar closures of North Beach and Oakledge Cove in Burlington, and the ongoing threat to Lake Champlain as federal funding for clean-up efforts hangs in the balance.
Just a few weeks ago, the Scott administration encouraged Vermonters to celebrate Clean Water Week to acknowledge just how important clean, safe water is to Vermont communities, our economy, and the future of our state.
But now Scott administration officials are considering a delay in the state’s commitment to funding the clean up of our waters. This short-sighted approach is not the type of leadership Vermont needs when it comes to safeguarding our natural resources.
We know that Vermont needs stable, long-term funding to meet our important phosphorus reduction and clean-up goals for Lake Champlain and other threatened waterways.
Don’t let the Scott administration rollback our commitment clean water – it’s time for Vermont to double down and do what it takes to protect our health, environment, and economy.