Vermont Agriculture Secretary Approves CLF Plan to Clean Lake Champlain

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Sec. Ross’s decision provides framework to address harmful runoff

February 3, 2016 (BURLINGTON, VT) – Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross issued today his revised decision granting Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF) petition to require Best Management Practices for farms in the Missisquoi Bay Basin. The Secretary’s decision is aimed at addressing the harmful runoff of farming byproducts that has caused extensive pollution in Lake Champlain.

“Today marks an important turning point in the two-year process initiated by Conservation Law Foundation to make Lake Champlain a safer and healthier place to fish, swim and play,” said Christopher Kilian, Director of CLF’s Vermont Advocacy Center. “By granting CLF’s petition, Secretary Ross is giving farmers the framework they need to address harmful runoff into our water system and ensuring they have the time, tools and tactics to get the job done.”

More information on CLF’s petition is available here. CLF experts are available for further comment.


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