Population is one cause of Lake Champlain problems

February 9, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Population is the cause of lake problems

See original/source content: Rutland Herald

Thanks for publishing the two perspective columns on “Troubled Water” regarding the cleanup of Lake Champlain in the Feb. 1 edition.

Unfortunately, neither Elizabeth Courtney nor James Ehlers addresses the true cause of the water pollution, which is the tremendous growth of the human population in the Lake Champlain basin in recent decades. In just Chittenden County the population has grown from 75,000 in 1960 to 160,000 in 2013 or 111 percent.

Elizabeth does say that, “Much of the sediment and pollutant-loaded runoff delivered to Vermont’s waterways comes from our roadways and parking lots and other impervious surfaces.” But what is the cause of that? It is, of course, population growth. Even the other 40 percent of the pollution, agriculture, which nowadays is largely industrial agriculture, is the result of needing to feed an ever-growing population. Referring to the governor, James Ehlers says he want the governor’s plan to succeed, “but sadly it won’t,” which may well be true if the population of the basin keeps on growing.

See original/source content: Rutland Herald

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