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Drinking water Faces Threat
In addition to the 200 significant threats on Ramsey Lake, officials located 77 threats throughout the rest of the three watersheds in the planning area, including 34 septic systems proximate to wellheads in Valley East. Other threats include hazardous materials on roads and highways, livestock grazing, manure and other agricultural materials, commercial fertilizers and pesticides.

The committee is still in the process of writing policy, but given the alarming number of septic systems operating on the lake and the threat of phosphorous to Ramsey Lake, drinking water is the priority. The most common sources of phosphorous are common lawn fertilizers and poorly maintained septic systems.


 
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AIS Hysteria - It seems the hot topic in the last few months has been the invasion of non-native species of aquatic plants and fish into Lake Champlain. To quote the Lake Champlain Basin Program Guide for Aquatic Invasive Species: “The Lake Champlain Basin is home to a number of invasive species that cause economic and ecological harm to our ecosystem.”


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