MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is on the Vermont section of Lake Memphremagog this week, completing a survey to create a new depth map.
The new map is being made to assist in the development of a phosphorus reduction plan for the lake and act as a navigational aid for recreational users.
The map is being produced with assistance of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Wildlife.
Vermont officials said the new chart will cover all of the Vermont and Quebec sections of the lake, which straddles the international border. The map can be used by boaters who regularly cross Lake Memphremagog traveling between Newport and Magog, Quebec.
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is helping obtain the information and develop the map.
"While it has been challenging to coordinate the international mapping project for Lake Memphremagog, it is well worth the effort as the water and nutrients don’t stop at the border. A single comprehensive map of the lake will benefit many," said Ben Copans, watershed coordinator for the Vermont DEC.
Pete LaFlamme, director of the DEC’s Watershed Management Division and co-chair of the steering committee, called the effort a "key step in addressing nutrient concerns on the Lake will have several additional benefits to recreational users of the lake."