Winooski, VT — In response to the recent spate of partially treated sewage into Lake Champlain from Burlington’s wastewater treatment facility, Democratic Candidate for Governor and water activist James Ehlers said:
“We cannot allow partially-treated sewage spilling into our lake to become the new norm. It’s time we stand up and recognize these spills as a full-blown public health crisis. Vermonters are afraid to swim in their own lakes, drink their own water, fish and boat.
“Dumping waste into our drinking water does not build a healthy economy. We need to grow the economy with Vermont jobs that protect our environment, not poison it. We do not have time to make incremental changes. We need major infrastructure investments today to upgrade and expand our aging systems. We need to create new rules around high-strength industrial wastewater and implement major systemic changes, not just small fixes. It’s time that we put our people and planet first. It’s time that our government do what it is supposed to do and protect the common good for every Vermonter. As governor, I will implement changes immediately to protect our water supply. We can’t afford to wait. ”