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Drinking Water Worries Amidst Chemical Use
Vermont officials are trying to adapt to a tougher drinking water standard for a chemical used to fight the sea lamprey, an eel-like creature that has hurt fish populations in Lake Champlain.

Officials with Gov. Peter Shumlin's and Sen. Patrick Leahy's offices confirmed Friday that they've been negotiating over the use of the anti-lamprey chemical TFM since the state lowered its safe drinking water standard from 35 to three parts per billion.

The move came after the state Health Department questioned the veracity of the 1970s study on which the looser standard was based.


 
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Grass Carp Discoveries Concern Wisconsin Fisheries Officials - The grass carp is an herbivorous freshwater fish which is cultivated in China for food, but deliberately introduced in the United States in 1963 for aquatic weed control. While it is considered an invasive species in the US, it is still stocked in many states as an effective biocontrol for invasive plant species.


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