Winooski, VT — In response to algae blooms cropping up around the state and the closure of three popular Burlington Beaches due to the blooms, Democratic Candidate for Governor and water activist James Ehlers said:
“Our lakes are being crushed, yet again, by blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. We simply cannot allow this to become the new norm. People talk about the expense of cleaning and protecting our waterways. Can we afford neurotoxins and liver toxins that threaten our health and the economies of our communities? I don’t think we can.
“That’s why I’ve proposed strongly enforcing existing laws to prevent phosphorus from overloading our lakes and investing heavily in infrastructure to prevent further contamination. The biggest polluters must pay.
“As governor, I won’t let this problem languish in neglect. I’ll address it immediately and vigorously. Water is life, and we can’t afford to wait another minute.”