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Farms make better than expected progress in reducing runoff


August 27, 2017

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say farmers in Vermont are making better-than-expected progress in reducing the amount of phosphorus flowing into two of four "priority" parts of Lake Champlain.

According to data from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, farmers in the McKenzie Brook watershed in Addison County and the St. Albans Bay watershed in Franklin County have exceeded USDA targets for reductions in phosphorus runoff.

Phosphorus from farms, roads and other paved areas, stream bank erosion and the natural landscape is carried in wate...

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