% of Vermont’s rivers and lakes (excluding Lake Champlain) that meet State water quality standards for fishing


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Story Behind the Curve

This data is compiled and analyzed every two-years/bi-annually. The percentage of rivers and streams fully supporting aquatic life has not changed significantly during the reporting period. In 80% of Vermont's rivers and streams, the aquatic organisms are considered healthy and support fishing uses. The remaining 20% are either impaired (due to pollution or altered flow/hydro dams that don't currently meet water quality standards) or the health of the aquatic biota is unknown. Over time, updated assessment data shows areas where we have been successful in river and stream restoration as well as areas where we have identified new impairments or alterations; making overall progress slow. Implementation of regulatory and voluntary measures is expected to help improve the water quality of our rivers and streams and their uses for fishing; however it is expected to take many years to show substantial progress. The source of CY2018 data is the 2018 305(b) report; this data was available late in 2018 so there are no changes from 2017; however there will be updated information for CY2019 with the publication of the 2020 305(b) report which will be available the spring of 2020.

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