If the state's implementation plan doesn't meet EPA expectations, the EPA could issue sweeping regulations that would apply to sewage plants, which aren't considered the main factors in the lake's pollution.
"Vermont has a chance to break some ground here, and we'll see if that's the case," Perkins said.
Stephen Perkins, an EPA director of ecosystem protection, said Vermont's plan will directly address runoff coming from the roads and farm sectors for the first time.
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A 2013 estimate pegs the cost for cleaning up all the state's waterways at about $155 million over a decade. Mears said it's too soon to discuss costs and revenue sources, but that the state will be able to spend "substantially less" than that estimate to see improvement.
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Extensive coordination between various state agencies and leaders helped them craft a workable plan.
Cleaning up Vermont's most famous body of water has been a long standing goal, but Mears said officials have learned over the last decade the necessary steps to reduce pollution.
"It's been an 'all hands on deck' project," Mears said.
"We're working right up to the wire," Mears said.
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