ST. ALBANS — The cleanup of Lake Champlain returns to the spotlight this week as the state finalizes the first phase of a plan to reduce the amount of phosphorous reaching the lake by 34 percent over the next 20 years.

The reduction is required under the TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) finalized earlier this year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The first phase of the plan involves the creation of statewide programs and permits. It will end in 2017.

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