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Lake Champlain Committee

Midwinter Ripples E-news 

Dear LCC Members and Friends,

Below is our midwinter issue of Ripples, LCC's monthly E-newsletter covering lake issues and our work. Read on for an introduction to new people at LCC, a legislative primer, and cool information about lakes. You'll also find events for your calendar and an article that looks east to explore the breadth of the basin.

Clean water doesn't just happen. It takes a committed, engaged citizenry. We need your voice, your volunteerism, your time and support as we work to secure funding to safeguard our waterways and lobby against rollbacks to environmental protection. Please continue to stay vested and involved!
With thanks,

Lori Fisher
LCC Executive Director


Fueling Destruction

A new report by our friends at the National Wildlife Federation outlines how the federal mandate to blend corn-based ethanol into conventional gasoline has degraded waters and destroyed wildlife habitat across the country. Passed in 2005, the mandate increased the demand for corn and resulted in a major transformation on the landscape.


Early Session Legislative Update

The Vermont Legislature returned on January 4 with new faces and some changes in leadership. Mitzi Johnson of South Hero was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senator Tim Ashe, representing Chittenden County, was elected President Pro Tempore of the Vermont Senate...


LCBP Seeks Input on Lake Restoration Plan

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), the Congressionally-designated initiative to restore and protect Lake Champlain and its watershed, seeks comments on Opportunities for Action (OFA). OFA maps out a plan for coordinated action by federal, state and provincial jurisdictions.


LCC Urges Senators to Oppose Pruitt Appointment to EPA

Last month, LCC, the Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and others called for Senators to vote against the appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator...


Poop Pick up Partners Needed for April Stools' Day!

Help clean up your favorite park or walking trail before spring snowmelt and rains send a lot of foul stuff to the local swimming hole. LCC is looking for community partners for our April Stools' Day events...


Lake Look

The Breadth of the Basin - East

Like a strand of silken thread spun across an expanse of air by an ambitious spider, a river forms a line across the landscape. Its wandering path can be followed upstream, and sometimes traced to a single beginning high on a mountainside or at a spring.


New Faces at LCC

LCC is delighted to have two more people working with us for a healthy, accessible lake!

Dominic Brennan
ECO AmeriCorps member
Education and Outreach Coordinator

Raised on the coast of Massachusetts, Dom has spent the better part of ten years diving into water issues. Whether taking bacteria samples for a municipal Board of Health or leading elementary school students in clean ups of local marshes and beaches, Dom's service-oriented attitude has led him on a myriad of outdoor adventures. He lived in a yurt in the Adirondacks for a semester in college, where he had to haul water for daily use from a quarter mile away and canoe across Lake Massawepie to get to the nearest road. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in 2015 with a combined degree in Environmental Policy and Sociology, Dom headed south to Knoxville, Tennessee...


Jared Carpenter
Water Protection Advocate

If you've spent any time at the Vermont State House this session chances are you've seen LCC's Water Protection Advocate Jared Carpenter attending committee meetings, button-holing legislators and talking up water issues. A graduate of Vermont Law School (VLS) with both a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy and Juris Doctor, Jared is focused on water funding and water protection bills this session. See his Legislative Update above.  He comes to LCC thanks to a grant from the Lintilhac Foundation in support of our Water Protection Advocacy program. In addition to his work with LCC, Jared is a Principal in GrayToGreen Consulting which focuses on state and federal environmental policy...


Upcoming Events

February 13, 2017 - VT CAC Meeting on Opportunities for Action

Monday, February 13, 2017
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Shelburne Town Offices Meeting Room 1
5420 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne, VT


February 15, 2017 - Missisquoi Bay Causeway Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Village of Swanton Offices
120 First Street
Swanton, VT

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is conducting a public meeting to gather input on alternatives to remove the Missisquoi Bay Causeway in Swanton and Alburgh.


February 17, 2017 - Magic Hat's Wee Heavy Champ Special Tapping

Friday, February 17, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Magic Hat Brewery
5 Bartlett Bay Rd
South Burlington, VT

Join us at Magic Hat Brewery on February 17 for a special tapping of Wee Heavy Champ -- a beer brewed for Lake Champlain! First keg tapping and head brewer toast at 6:30 PM. Enjoy music by The Tenderbellies and hors d'oeuvres by Sugar Snap. $1 of every beer served goes to LCC.


Water News from Near and Far

An Atlantic Salmon's Journey Toward Recovery

Follow an Atlantic salmon on its journey upstream to spawn in a tributary of Lake Champlain driven by its instincts (and a pickup truck). Learn why this species disappeared from the lake in the 19th century, and how it is making a comeback today thanks to collaboration by partners in the basin...


Native Mussels - Clean Water Superstars

 Every month, the Vermont's Clean Water Initiative Program highlights a "Clean Water Superstar", species that help keep waters swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. This month the spotlight is on mussels, the hardworking mollusks that filter algae, bacteria, and dead organic material out of the water...

What the Muck of Walden Pond Tells Us About Our Planet

Walden Pond is a 62-acre kettle pond in sand and gravel that formed around a block of melting glacial ice about 15,000 years ago. It was here that Thoreau produced one of the first maps of an American lake bed by lowering a weighted line through winter ice...


Why Does a Frozen Lake Sound Like a Star Wars Blaster?


When Cory Williams moved from California to Alaska he skipped rocks across the ice-covered surface of Edmonds Lake and was wowed by the "coolest sound ever"...


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If so, please email us so we can update your files and ensure you receive news on lake issues and LCC’s work. Email is our primary form of communication with members. Mailing electronically saves time and resources and reinforces the stewardship ethic of our mission. We don’t give away or sell email addresses.

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
Dominic Brennan, Education and Outreach Coordinator - ECO AmeriCorps
Jared Carpenter, Water Protection Advocate

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