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On Town Meeting Day, Williston, Vt. Considers Stormwater Plan

People in Williston are talking about a plan to improve the quality of rivers, streams, and even Lake Champlain.
Williston, Vt. - People in Williston are talking about a plan to improve the quality of rivers, streams, and even Lake Champlain.
  
But there is concern about how to pay for the multi-million dollar project.

Public Works director Bruce Hoar says several waterways here, which feed into Lake Champlain, fail at least one state water quality standard.

"We have to come up with a way of cleaning that up and getting it off that state's list of impaired waters," say Hoar.

Public Works has proposed a $6-million plan which includes replacing culverts and stabilizing stream beds.

"We're trying to capture some of that water, give it a chance for all the stuff that comes off the road, people's houses and properties, a chance to settle out before the water is released into the stream bodies," say Hoar.

The plan would cost a homeowner about $50 a year.

Some people in town say the people more responsible for the run-off problem should pay more and the cost should not be evenly split.

On Town Meeting Day, people in Williston will vote on the town budget, which includes the new stormwater fee.

If the budget passes, the fee would still need the approval of the selectboard. That could take a few months.

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