MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont residents living near Lake Carmi are pushing legislators to approve a measure that would restrict phosphorus runoff affecting the lake.

WPTZ-TV reports a group of residents spoke to the House Natural Resources Committee Thursday about aggressive algae growth in the lake caused by phosphorus. The bill residents are supporting would declare Lake Carmi a "lake in crisis" and require the Agency of Natural Resources to fund an aeration project.

Rep. David Deen says the lake is "simply not usable by residents." Residents worry the ecological damage could resemble what happened on Lake Champlain.

Opponents say restrictions on runoff would cripple dairy farming in the region.

Rob Evans, a camp owner, says, "The problem and the solution always comes back to agriculture." Evans says the proposed measure is long overdue.

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