FRANKLIN – The Lake Champlain Basin Program is seeking plans for a road inventory and a project to reduce phosphorus inputs from roads to Lake Carmi with up to $100,000 ensured for the task.
The goal of the project is to help reduce the blooming of cyanobacteria in Vermont Lake, which the Vermont Legislature identified as a “Lake in Crisis” in 2018.
Due to a high level of nutrients, Lake Carmi is also suffering from blue-green algae or cyanobacteria.
A Total Maximum Daily Load (TMD) for phosphorus was issued in 2009 with the aim of reducing inputs to the lake.
The designation “Lake in Crisis” prompted the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a Crisis Response Plan.
Assessment and improvement of roads were one of the primary objectives of the plan consisting of two phases.
Phase 1 will include a road erosion inventory on privately owned roads and driveways not already subject to a state stormwater permits.
Roads will be mapped and prioritized based on the potential to reduce phosphorus inputs.
In Phase 2, the selected contractor will conduct a pilot program and provide funds to landowners to repair and improve eroded roads.
The project will also further the goals of the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s long-term management plan Opportunities for Action.
The deadline for applications is January 3, 2020, and successful applicants will be notified by February 2020 for project initiation by May 2020.