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Vermont fish hatchery recognized 'Blue' for lake protection

Posted 12:13 p.m. Wednesday

— A Vermont fish hatchery located in the Lake Champlain islands is being recognized for its efforts to protect the lake by reducing the amount of polluted runoff reaching the lake, using phosphorous-free detergents and using fertilizers only when necessary.

Those are some of the measures taken at The Ed Weed Fish Hatchery in South Hero, to protect nearby Lake Champlain.

The hatchery, run by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, was recognized Wednesday with the Blue certification of Lake Champlain International, an organization dedicated to protecting the lake. It certifies residential properties as "watershed friendly, or BLUE." The Weed hatchery is the first non-residential facility in Vermont to receive the certification.

Other actions taken by the hatchery include ensuring that storm water is managed with retention ponds.

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