Vermont lake protection group likes proposed funding streams for Champlain cleanup

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — A group devoted to cleaning up Lake Champlain is voicing support for two new taxes proposed to raise money for the project.

The Lake Champlain Committee says its highest priority is for a dedicated, reliable, continuous source of money for clean water initiatives. It says it will be watching closely as a proposed fee and tax make their way through the legislative process.

One revenue source would be a $200 annual fee on commercial and industrial parcels of land in the Lake Champlain Basin. The basin includes cities and towns on rivers that flow into the lake.

Another would raise the tax on phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizer imported into Vermont from 25 cents per ton to $50 per ton.

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