Lake Champlain Action Plan

Montpelier (Feb. 2): The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony today from members and leaders of the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee (VTCAC) on Lake Champlain’s future. They were adamant about the need for a greater increase in funding from the current $5 million to $25 million. The VTCAC members were upset over the passage of Act 64, Vermont’s Clean Water Act, last year without any proper source of funding. The requested that the state must “Establish new, immediate, perpetual, and dedicated funding sources for the Clean Water Fund.” Senator MacDonald responded quickly by stating they should have fought harder during the last legislative session because “it doesn’t get easier to fund a bill once it’s passed.” The VTCAC proposed an income tax of $1 per person per week to fund the need for necessary improvements to the wastewater infrastructure of Vermont.