Unpacking The Lake Champlain Cleanup Plan

Aug 26, 2015

The state of Vermont and the EPA are collaborating on a 20-year plan to reduce the phosphorus running into Lake Champlain by more thirty percent. That includes federal lake pollution targets and the state's plan for how to get to those goals.

We're looking at the new targets, the plan to hit them, and whether it will all be enough to keep the lake clean for coming generations.

We're joined by Alyssa Schuren, commissioner of Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation. And by Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain project manager with the EPA. We'll also hear from Chris Kilian, Vermont Director of the Conservation Law Foundation. CSF's 2008 lawsuit is what led to the new pollution targets.

Also on the program, a study that looked at Vermont elementary schools found unintended consequences to Federal legislation that mandated healthier options for kids' school lunches. The law actually led to children consuming fewer fruits and vegetables. Sarah Amin, researcher at the University of Vermont and lead author of the study, joins us.

Broadcast live on Wed., Aug. 26, 2015, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Follow VPR News' reporting on water quality in Vermont in our ongoing series, Downstream.