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Lake Champlain Committee

May Ripples E-news

Dear LCC Members and Friends,
Yesterday as I walked along the lakeshore I saw paddlers, sunbathers, beachcombers and anglers all enjoying the gift of water. Thank you for the ongoing investment you make in protecting and restoring Lake Champlain's health. We have some good news to report on that front with passage of a major water quality bill in Vermont and the recent New York decision to require a full environmental impact review for a project that would bring tar sands by rail along Lake Champlain. LCC advocated strenuously for both measures as did many of our members. Deep thanks to everyone who made a call, wrote a letter, lobbied legislators and government officials in the cause of clean water. Your efforts made a difference. The articles below highlight some of our recent work as well as opportunities to get further involved, learn more and meet others who care about water quality.
Thanks for all you do,

Lori Fisher, LCC Exec. Director

LCC Praises Decision Requiring Full Environmental Review of Oil Heating Facility

On May 21, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) announced its intent to rescind a Negative Declaration and Notice of Complete Application for an air pollution permit in the Port of Albany.   Read more...

Champlain Canal Invasive Species Barrier Stalled Again - Your Help Needed

In July of 2013 LCC lamented that it might take at least six months before a study of invasive species barriers in the Champlain Canal at the southern end of the lake might begin. The delay has been significantly more than six months and it is now unclear when any study will begin.   Read more...

Legislature Makes Progress with Water Quality Bill

Before adjourning for the year the Vermont House and Senate agreed on the terms of a key water quality bill. The legislation was a major LCC priority and we thank Governor Shumlin, Vermont environmental agencies, legislators and activists that helped bring the water quality bill to fruition this session.  Read more...

Nature Note - Lake Level Low

For eight of the last nine months the lake level has been below average level (based on the average from 1970 to 2011). The only break in the period since last September has been a wet spell in January, but by the end of that month the lake had once again receded.   Read more...

Celebrate Lakes May 29 & 30!

Love the water? Join in an informative, engaging celebration of lakes at the Vermont-hosted New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society Conference (NEC NALMS). The NEC NALMS Conference will take place in Burlington, along the shores of Lake Champlain at the Main Street Landing and Performing Arts Center in Burlington, VT on May 29 and 30. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 29 - Final Bird Walk with LCC

Friday Bird Walk ~ 8:00-9:00 AM 
at Burlington's Oakledge Park

Our final bird walk program of the month will be followed by a light breakfast back at the LCC office at 208 Flynn Avenue. Click here to RSVP! Read more...


2015 Blue-green Algae Monitor Trainings

Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake. Complete our blue-green algae monitor form if you're interested in monitoring during the 2015 season or want to attend a training session to learn more about the lake. Read more...

Other Lake News from Near and Far

Lake Champlain Gage

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has a new lake level gage in Port Henry, New York. The gage went on-line on April 10. The new gage will help assess potential damage from lake flooding and prepare to avoid such damage.  Read more...

Great Lakes Scientists Gather in Burlington

The International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) will be in Burlington May 26 to 29 for their annual conference.  Read more...

More Studies of Lake Flooding Coming

The most recent U.S. and Canadian budgets include funding for additional studies of flooding on Lake Champlain. The monies are a response to the 2011 flooding that caused so much damage, particularly along the Richelieu River in Quebec. Read more...

Which Trout to Stock?

How much does it matter that the fish stocked into a water body are native to that system? For decades fisheries managers have added brown trout (native to Germany) and rainbow trout (native to the Pacific Northwest) to waterbodies formerly occupied only by native brook trout.  Read more...

Toxic Driveways

Spring is a time for sprucing up around homes. If resealing the driveway is on your to-do list be aware that sealants can have toxic effects on humans and wildlife. 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), Sandy Montgomery (Montreal, QC), Ann Ruzow Holland (Willsboro, NY), Hank Slauson (Shelburne, VT), Chuck Woessner (Grand Isle, VT).

Lake Champlain Committee Advisory Council

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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