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Vermont tries aeration system to address lake algae

June 27, 2019

FRANKLIN, Vt. (AP) — The state is trying a new treatment to address algae in a northern Vermont lake.

Mynbc.com reports that Republican Gov. Phil Scott is launching a $1 million aeration project at Lake Carmi this week.

The lake near the Canadian border has been plagued by outbreaks of blue-green algae in recent years. It’s surrounded by dairy farms and is home to about 300 summer camp residences and a state park.

Runoff from farms and storm water and septic system failures over the years are blamed for contributing to the increase in phosphorus in the lake, leading to the algae blooms.

Residents are angry and asked the Legislature to step in.

A Michigan-based firm has just completed the installation of the $1 million system to oxygenate the lake and recirculate the water.

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Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com

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