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Lake Champlain Committee

November Ripples E-news

Dear LCC Supporters,

As cool autumn winds ripple Lake Champlain's surface we send you our heartfelt thanks for your involvement in the work for clean, accessible water. We are deeply grateful to the thousands of members, volunteers and partners who contribute energy, ideas, sweat equity and financial support. We hope you will continue to make the lake a philanthropic priority in your charitable giving.

Happy Thanksgiving from the LCC Board and Staff

National Experts Discuss Legal Paths Toward Cleaner Water

On October 23, the Vermont Law School hosted a symposium titled "TMDLs 2.0: Charting a Course for Clean Water." During the symposium, keynote speakers and panelists discussed cutting-edge litigation, key court decisions, and the impact of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulations on water quality. Read more...

Climate Modeling in the Champlain Basin

Researchers at the University of Vermont have put together a series of integrated models to better understand the impacts of climate change on Lake Champlain and the Champlain Basin. Read more...

Vermont Updating Agricultural Policies

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Farm Markets (VAAFM) has released draft required agricultural practices (RAPs). The draft is driven by water quality legislation passed last spring in response to advocacy from LCC and others that agricultural controls needed to be strengthened. Read more...

Firefighting Foam Distributed in Response to Oil Train Threat

In the first weekend of November there were two oil train derailments in Wisconsin. With these two accidents, at least 26 oil trains have been involved in major fires, derailments or spills during the last decade. Read more...

Requiring Best Management Practices on Farms

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture held a hearing on November 12 in St. Albans on a proposal that would require best management practices (BMPs) on farms in the Missisquoi Bay Basin. Read more...

LCC Monitoring Program Featured in Center for Disease Control Series

In August, representatives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) visited LCC to interview Staff Scientist Mike Winslow on LCC’s role in implementing public health tracking of blue-green algae blooms on Lake Champlain. The final video produced during that visit has just been released as part of a series on the CDC YouTube channel about their Environmental Public Health Tracking program. Read more...

Fall Paddling - Be Prepared and Don't Go It Alone

Foliage season, bird migrations and the serenity of a near empty lake all beckon the fall paddler. It can be a wonderful time to be on the water – if you’re well prepared. Read more...

Lake Look: Improving Soil Health

Agriculture is a significant source of phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain. Reductions of between 20 and 83% of current loads in targeted watersheds are needed to meet water quality standards. Improving soil health can reduce erosion and phosphorus loss from fields. Cover cropping and no-till farming are two tools that can be used alone or in conjunction to improve soil health, while simultaneously being touted as options to reduce impacts on water. 

Cover crops play an important role in no-till systems, though they can also be used on tilled fields. Read more...

Nature Note – Where Are All the Snow Geese?

The flocks of snow geese that cruise through the Champlain Valley lift our hearts during the autumn. The numbers and locations of these flocks rise and fall and shift through time. Read more...

Ways to Give Back to the Lake

Boost LCC Programs with a Year-end Donation

A year-end donation will strengthen LCC's advocacy, education and outreach to protect water quality and access. Read more...

Gift a Membership

Know someone who loves the lake? Have a good friend who you play on the water with? Express your caring for the wonderful people in your life and your concern for water quality at the same time by gifting a Lake Champlain Committee membership. Read more...

Join LCC

Haven't gotten around to becoming a member yet? Join in the work for drinkable water, swimmable beaches and edible fish. Your membership dollars will help us guide implementation of the recently passed water quality legislation, maintain our award-winning monitoring program, steward the Paddlers' Trail, provide training so educators can teach about the lake, and more.  Read more...

Buy the Lake Book

What happens to all the leaves that fall into the Champlain Valley’s rivers during autumn as they make their way to Lake Champlain? Why does a thin line of clouds appear over the lake on crisp fall days? Why do you sometimes notice a stale rotten smell around the lake in late autumn? Find the answers to these and many more questions in Lake Champlain: A Natural History.  Read more...

Water News from Near and Far

Salmon Spawning

A record number of landlocked salmon have been returning to spawning streams on Lake Champlain this month. The piscine bounty has been noted on the Winooski River, the Boquet River and at Hatchery Brook, which runs from the state-run fish hatchery in Grand Isle.  Read more...

Can Streambank Erosion Reduce Phosphorus Loading?

Streambank erosion accounts for 20% of the phosphorus that enters Lake Champlain according to the recent pollution budget produced by EPA. That same budget calls for a 43.4% reduction loading from streambank erosion, in order to help prevent blue-green algae blooms. Read more...

Election Results Good
for Lake George

The slate of candidates re-elected in the Town of Lake George earlier this month have a reputation as advocates for the lake, according to Peter Bauer of Protect the Adirondacks. The three officials, Supervisor Dennis Dickinson and Board members Marisa Muratori and Dan Hurley, were instrumental in establishing mandatory boat wash stations at lake access points to protect against the spread of invasive species. Read more...

Lake Erie Algae Bloom Largest Ever

This year's blue-green algae bloom on Lake Erie was the largest ever, surpassing the massive bloom of 2011, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 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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