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Connecticut's Clean Water Legislation
Excessive phosphorus is the main factor contributing to the decline of Connecticut’s lakes and ponds. High levels of phosphorus lead to excessive algae and aquatic plant growth, reduced water clarity and depleted oxygen levels – all detrimental to the health of these water bodies and the fish and humans who depend on them.

Clean water advocates met at Bantam Lake to propose legislation that would limit the use of phosphorus in lawn fertilizers and add phosphorus clean-up to the qualifying criteria for the Clean Water Fund. Eleven states currently ban or restrict the use of phosphorus in lawn fertilizers to reduce the threat; Connecticut is hoping to become the twelfth.

The bill would limit the use of phosphorus in lawn fertilizers by prohibiting the application to established lawns, requiring a 20-foot setback from any water body, prohibiting the use between November and April, and requiring the phosphorus fertilizers be segregated from other fertilizers at retail and have educational signs displayed at the point of sale.

 
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Algae Blooms Return to Lake Champlain - As steamy weather descended on Vermont, Lake Champlain users and scientists awaited test results to learn whether last week’s blue-green algae blooms have persisted in spots along Burlington, Missisquoi, and St. Albans bays. Although the blooms, which can product potentially dangerous toxins, test samples were well below levels of concern, the Health Department warned lake users, especially children and pets, because they are more likely to swallow water when swimming, to avoid areas with dense amounts of algae.


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