Reeling in Support for Water Quality Issues, Anglers Take Part in LCI Governor's Cup

Colchester, Vt - Anglers young and old broke out their tackle for the Lake Champlain International Governor’s Cup.

 

Governor Phil Scott even hooked a fish, his team took second place.

 

Bill and Vincent Lanzetta from Colchester were on the winning team. One of their teammates reeled in a .46 pound fish to take home the trophy.

 

8-year-old Vincent has had a rod in his hand for a long time.

 

"Since I was probably 4 [years old],” Vincent Lanzetta said.

 

His father, Bill, says he’s keeping up with the family’s favorite pastime.

 

"Just continuing the tradition, so to get kids outdoors and away from computer screens or indoor activities,” Bill Lanzetta added.

 

This was the second year Kendall Chamberlin took part in the derby.

 

“In a lot of ways that people, look at fish as a representation of what kind of quality of the water is, Chamberlin said.

 

Water quality is an issue Chamberlin cares deeply about. He’s the superintendent of the Richmond Water Resources Department.

 

"Everyday we clean the water and we pay a lot of attention to it, but a lot of people don't,” he said.

 

Two years ago, Chamberlin remembers the river being clearer and the fish biting.

 

“On a good day, you can catch a lot fish down here,” Chamberlin said.

 

The murky water in the Winooski River is causing some concerns for environmentalists. The Vermont Department of Conservation reported 4 sewage leaks over the weekend in Montpelier. Between 100 and 1,000 gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage was dumped into the Winooski River because the system was backing up.

 

“Anything people put down their sink or their toilet in Montpelier. When there's been a sewage dump it's now in the river,” James Ehlers, the Executive Director of Lake Champlain International, said.

 

About a year ago, a law went into effect requiring public notification when water contamination happens at local plants.

 

“It's not an academic issue, it's not an environmental issue, this is a human issue,” Ehlers said.

 

Governor Phil Scott, commenting on the recent spillage, says it’s an area his administration wants to focus on.

 

"As the climate changes, weather patterns are changing, we're receiving a lot more rain, significant rains, which leads to those unfortunate times, when they dump sewage into the rivers,” Gov. Scott said.

 

Without the rivers and lake, Kendall Chamberlin says our community wouldn’t thrive.

 

"We all need water we can't live very long if we don't have clean water to drink,” he said.

 
Water: a resource bringing Vermonters together on both sides of the aisle.


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