MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is holding public information meetings in South Burlington, St. Albans and Rutland on its draft plan to clean up Lake Champlain.

The state says the greatest threat to the lake's water quality is excess phosphorus flowing into waters by runoff and erosion from rainfall and snowmelt. The phosphorus feeds toxic algae blooms that hamper swimming and other activities on the lake.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set phosphorous pollution targets that the state must meet.

Two meetings are planned for Monday, one at the South Burlington DoubleTree Hotel at 1 p.m. and another at the St. Albans Historical Society at 6 p.m. Another will be held in Rutland on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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