July 22, 2016
Shelburne Town Manager Joe Colangelo filed a request with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation requesting a public hearing regarding a stormwater discharge plan filed by Vermont Railway on July 8. The rail company’s documents outline plans to discharge stormwater into Shelburne Bay via the LaPlatte River.
The town’s concerns focus on possible increased levels of phosphorous that could impair Lake Champlain’s water quality, as well as the effect the discharge could have on endangered species such as the stonecat fish and pocketbook mussel. The town believes a study should be undertaken to prove that there are no adverse effects on these and other species.