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Welcome to the
Ecosystem Restoration Program
(formerly Center for Clean and Clear)

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This Program’s mission takes action to accelerate the reduction of sediment and nutrient pollution, such as algae bloom-causing phosphorus, from uncontrolled runoff into our streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands, and lakes. 

The Ecosystem Restoration Program provides leadership, financial resources, technical and educational assistance, and a sustained commitment to ensure that Vermont achieves and maintains high water quality standards, healthy and naturally stable rivers, well functioning wetlands, floodplains, and river corridors that can protect against flood impacts, and clean and well-buffered lakes.

Phosphorus is one of our greatest challenges. Excess phosphorus is found in the runoff from urban and residential areas, construction sites, roads, and farms which causes devastating impacts to our waters and quality of life.  In Lake Champlain, phosphorus, combined with sediment, feeds toxic algae blooms, particularly in shallower sections of the Lake such as Missisquoi Bay, St. Albans Bay and the South Lake region.  These toxic blooms affect public health, recreation and our immediate enjoyment of the Lake.

That is why Vermont is working cooperatively with New York and Quebec to reduce the amount of phosphorus that goes into the Lake.  The Ecosystem Restoration Program, through its representation on the international Steering Committee for the Lake Champlain Basin Program, directly collaborates with state and federal agencies, scientific experts, businesses, citizens, watershed associations, civic organizations, and municipalities to project the Lake Champlain Basin.

 We all contribute phosphorus to the Lake through our daily activities, and it’s important that we collectively take steps to reduce our contributions. This website contains information about state and federal programs to reduce polluted runoff, including phosphorus, and suggestions on how to reduce runoff from your own home or business while conserving water and saving money! You’ll also find links to our partners who are working hard to restore Lake Champlain and all of our waterways.

Every child deserves to grow up with water that is pure to drink, lakes safe for swimming, and rivers teeming with fish. This Plan is about more than restoring and safeguarding the precious natural resources of our lakes, rivers, floodplains, and wetlands. It’s about working together to embrace and support our way of life for future generations to enjoy.

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VT DEC Watershed Management Division 1 National Life Drive, Main 2  Montpelier, VT  05620-3522  Tele: 802-828-1535   Fax: 802-828-1544


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