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Lake Champlain Committee

July Ripples E-news

Weigh in On Water Funding

What are your highest priorities for clean water investments? The Vermont Clean Water Fund Board has set up an on-line survey to gather public input on priority areas for investing in clean water. The feedback will help shape next year’s... Read more...

The Limits of EPA's Pollution Plan for Lake Champlain

On Friday June 17, EPA released a final Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Lake Champlain. The TMDL sets a pollution budget, defining how much of a given pollutant ...Read more...

Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program Underway

The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) algae tracker is up and running for the summer and LCC staff and volunteers are feeding data into it every day. Health officials use information from the tracker to inform community advisories about harmful blooms occurring in Lake Champlain and other inland lakes.. Read more...

LCC Mapping Invasive Plant Distribution

For most of the last six years LCC has been conducting surveys for aquatic invasive plants and initiating control efforts where possible. We have worked in conjunction with Arrowwood Environmental to map the distribution of European frogbit and water chestnut... Read more...

Champlain Canal Study Inches Forward

Will work finally proceed on neutralizing the greatest threat for aquatic invasive species (AIS) introductions the lake faces? The proposed study of an invasive species barrier on the Champlain Canal has been forwarded by the Army Corps of Engineers to their Washington Headquarters. Read more...

Sewage Spill in Shelburne - Get Notified

On July 20, 110,000 gallons of unchlorinated sewage were discharged to Shelburne Bay from the wastewater treatment plant in Shelburne. The discharge occurred due to a “malfunction” at the plant. The situation was resolved and chlorination began the next day. Read more...

Super-Sized Culvert Will Protect Brandon From Floods

During Tropical Storm Irene, the Neshobe River in Brandon captured Main Street/Route 7 as its channel when there was so much water coming down that it couldn’t pass underneath the road. Read more...

LCC Offers Online Cyanobacteria Monitor Training

Wondering if you'd recognize cyanobacteria/blue-green algae if you saw it? Want to be more informed about water conditions? LCC has produced a short online video of our cyanobacteria monitor trainingRead more...

Wetland Protection Pays Off

UVM PhD student Keri Bryan Watson has quantified the value of wetlands in protecting downstream areas for flooding. She looked at the wetlands along the Otter Creek between Rutland and Middlebury and came to the conclusion that their ability to absorb and hold water prevented...Read more...

Nature Note – Green Herons

Great blue herons may garner most of the oohs and aahs of people around the lake, but green herons, their smaller, more colorful cousins also deserve some attention. Green herons frequent small wetlands in low-lying areas. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology describes them as, “a striking bird with a velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, and a dark cap often raised into a short crest.” They are most active at dusk and dawn, but do feed throughout the day, particularly if tending young. Read more...

Upcoming Events

July 31, 2016 - Water Works Fair

10AM - 2PM
Burlington Waterfront - Adjacent to the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

This Sunday LCC will be joining other lake organizations at the Water Works Fair hosted by the Community Sailing Center in partnership with the Lake Champlain Maritime festival. Come join for some hands-on learning experiences for all ages, FREE paddling, yoga, prizes and more! Read more...

September 11, 2016 - Lake Champlain Open Water Swim

This event is a 3.76 mile open swim across Lake Champlain starting in Essex, NY and ending at the Charlotte public beach in the town of Charlotte, VT. Rain or shine. Read more...

Water News from Near and Far

Continued Low Lake Levels

Lake Champlain remains about a foot below its average level for this time of year. The lake has been low all year and the current level is a result of a steady downward trend. Low lake levels present a hazard to navigation. Read more...

Fines for Manure Overflow

An overflowing manure pit in Brandon has cost a local farmer $24,000 in fines. The Vermont Attorney General assessed the fines to a farm owned by William and Robin Hanfield after finding their manure pit overflowed on at least three separate occasions. The manure ended up in a tributary of the Neshobe River. Read more...

Keep The Pressure On

A high pressure hot water boat wash unit is being piloted at Shelburne Bay to help spread the transport of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The unit uses water at 140 degrees F to kill AIS that may be hiding out in livewells, bilge water, and motors. 

Lake Champlain has 50 known invasive species. All boaters should check, drain and dry boats away...Read more...

NY DEC Collects Toxics

This past spring New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) conducted a "CleanSweepNY" program in the Adirondack region that collected 36,787 pounds of unwanted pesticides and other chemicals for proper disposal. The event focused on Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties... Read more...

A Disappearing Lake

Lake Poopó, once Bolivia’s second largest lake, is disappearing. Decades of drought and water diversions have shrunk the lake to a mere shadow of its former self. The Uru-Murato people that lived along the shore and fished the lake have become climate refuges, seeking new homes and sustenance. For generations the lake underwent a predictable cycle of receding and filling. Read more...

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Lake Champlain Committee Board of Directors

Gary Kjelleren - Chair (South Hero, VT), Sharon Murray - Treasurer (Bolton, VT), Alan Booth (Plattsburgh, NY), Cliff Landesman (Brooklyn, NY), Sandy Montgomery (Montreal, QC), Ann Ruzow Holland (Willsboro, NY), Hank Slauson (Shelburne, VT), Chuck Woessner (Grand Isle, VT).

Lake Champlain Committee Advisory Council

Lisa Borre (Annapolis, MD), Megan Epler Wood (Burlington, VT), Steven Kellogg (Essex, NY), Peter S. Paine, Jr. (Willsboro, NY), Mary Watzin (NC).

Lake Champlain Committee Staff

Lori Fisher, Executive Director
Alexa Hachigian, Office Manager
Mike Winslow, Staff Scientist

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