Algae blooms a concern in Vermont county


ST. ALBANS (AP) - More blue-green algae is showing up in lakes in Vermont's Franklin County, closing some beaches and putting swimmers on alert.

Lake Carmi and Lake Champlain have been experiencing algae blooms this summer, which result from nutrients being added to the water and allowing cyanobacteria, or blue green algae, to multiply.

The St. Albans Messenger reports that some groups such as Franklin Watershed Committee, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, the Missisquoi River Basin Association are working to improve and protect their respective bodies of water, which includes increasing enforcement to eliminate the algae blooms, but their ability to do so is limited due to lack of funds.

Residents recently agreed to gather signatures for a petition to present to state legislators, asking for more Department of Environmental Conservation funding.


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