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Lake Champlain Committee

December Ripples E-news

Dear <<Primary Salutation>>,

Reflecting on a year that included passage of a far-reaching water quality protection bill, a ban on plastic microbeads, expansion of the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail, and extensive educational programs to foster stewardship, I am reaching out to you with gratitude and best wishes. Your donations of time, energy, ideas and money truly made a difference in the work for clean water. Thank you for including Lake Champlain among your philanthropic priorities. 

Here's to a healthier lake in 2016 with your help!

Lori Fisher, LCC Executive Director

Bye Bye Microbeads

On December 28 President Barack Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 into law. The measure will phase out the use of plastic microbeads in consumer products over the next several years. The Act passed the U.S. House unanimously in early December and cleared the Senate by voice vote. Read more...

Strengthening the Agricultural Rules

LCC joined a coalition of environmental groups to submit comments on draft Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) proposed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Farm Markets (AAFM). 

Sex Switching Bass Found in Lake Champlain Waters

Eighty five percent of male smallmouth bass and 27 percent of male largemouth bass tested in waters in or near 19 National Wildlife Refuges in the Northeast U.S. were intersex, according to a new study by U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers published in
 Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 

Algae Season Recap

A crew of dedicated LCC volunteers fanned out along the shores of Lake Champlain each week to track the severity of blue-green algae blooms this past summer. To prepare volunteers, LCC provided 23 training sessions and for over 300 people in the late spring.  Read more...

Lake Look: Horned Grebes

Scanning the open waters of Lake Champlain with a pair of binoculars near Button Bay in Ferrisburgh, a thin, long-necked, duck-like silhouette appears far from shore, rocking on the waves. The white neck with dark head and body barely registers before it is gone beneath the water. Read more...

Nature Note – Turtle Under Ice

Winter drives many creatures into hibernation, or at least states of severely reduced metabolic activity. Bears might curl up in a protected cave; chipmunks seek fur-lined holes in the ground; bats congregated in caves; but turtles face a particular challenge. Read more...

Thank You Monitors
& Partners!

More than a hundred volunteers trained by LCC filed weekly water quality reports during the summer. Their data provided over 75% of the information on the blue-green algae tracking map housed at the Vermont Department of Health. Read more...

Did You See This Picture?

Well you would have if you had "liked" LCC's Facebook page. 'Like' LCC's Facebook page for engaging content, the latest lake news, and beautiful lake photos. Read more...

Water News from Near and Far

Manure to Energy Plan
for St. Albans

Green Mountain Power has announced plans to build a community manure digester in the St. Albans Bay watershed. Manure digesters capture the methane (natural gas) produced by decomposing cow manure and convert it to electricity. Read more...

Climate Change Means More Pollution

Researchers from Canada have attempted to model changes in nitrogen and phosphorus loads to Missisquoi Bay likely to result from climate change. They predict a mean annual sediment increase of 1% to 7%, a phosphorus increase of 13% to 20%, and a nitrogen increase of 24% to 43% over the next fifty yearsRead more...

Pollution Trading Questioned

One potential tool for dealing with pollution is to create a market for it, and then reduce the amount available. Ingenuity would then drive pollution control efforts, and those able to produce their product with less pollution would have an overall advantage. Read more...

Bird Die Off on
Lake Ontario

Dead waterfowl and other fish eating birds were washing up on the shores of Lake Ontario according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and other news outlets. Type E avian botulism is the expected cause of the bird deaths. Read more...

Ways to Give Back to the Lake

Boost LCC Programs with a Year-end Donation

If you're 70 and 1/2 years of age or more and have an IRA, you can make a tax-free gift of up to $100,000 to LCC! The IRA Charitable Rollover has been extended permanently. You can designate your donation for a particular purpose or for unrestricted use. Read more...

Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

If you're 70 and 1/2 years of age or more and have an IRA, you can make a tax-free gift of up to $100,000 to LCC! The IRA Charitable Rollover has been extended permanently. You can designate your donation for a particular purpose or for unrestricted use. Read more...

Buy the Lake Book

Why is ice so hard and slippery? What are pressure ridges and how do they form? Can we expect lake effect snow this month? Can fish get the flu? How do the lake’s turtles survive the winter? Find the answers to these and many more questions in Lake Champlain: A Natural HistoryRead more...

Keep the Lake in View with LCC Note Cards

Wish you could look at Lake Champlain every day? You can with a purchase of LCC's stunning photo cards feature beautiful vistas of our favorite lake! An eight-card set includes two cards each of four different arresting scenes and costs $10 for members, $14 if you haven't joined yet. 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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