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Lake Champlain Committee

August Ripples E-news

LCC Finds Water Chestnut During Invasives Surveys

For several years LCC has collaborated with Arrowwood Environmental to conduct surveys for aquatic invasive species in the Lake Champlain watershed. Our most recent efforts have focused on floating-leaved species like water chestnut. This year's work revealed... Read more...

Your Comments Wanted on Lake Restoration Plan

After EPA released a final phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load for Lake Champlain in June, the state of Vermont now has the responsibility for assuring the pollution loads identified can be met. Read more...

Law Journal Focuses on Lake Champlain

The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law dedicated an entire issue to Lake Champlain.  The issue includes 18 articles ranging from the history of Lake Champlain to the role of phosphorus to the state structure for dealing with pollution issues all before getting into the legal components of total maximum daily loads (TMDL) and the Clean Water Act. Read more...

Updated CSO Rule -- A Step Towards Cleaner Water

A new rule to address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) was recently approved in Vermont. Combined sewer systems collect both sewage and stormwater in the same pipe. Read more...

Fewer Champlain Algae Blooms -- So Far

LCC volunteer blue-green algae monitors have contributed nearly 1,000 reports of conditions around the lake so far this summer. Conditions to date have been better than normal with fewer, less intense blooms. The lower level of blooms is likely due to an absence of spring runoff. Read more...

Giant Sturgeon Washes Ashore

A dead six foot nine inch sturgeon washed ashore in Isle La Motte earlier this month. The fish is one of the largest seen in modern times on the lake according to Chet MacKenzie of Vermont Fish and Wildlife. Officials think this fish died of natural causes. Read more...

Bacteria Close Beaches Around the Region

A number of beaches were closed in late August due to the presence of bacteria. Beaches in Colchester and Shelburne were closed August 18. Plattsburgh City Beach closed on August 23 for the second time this summer. Colin Read, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Plattsburgh.... Read more...

Twelve-year-old Catches Record Fish

Twelve-year-old Amelia Whalen of Witherbee has some fish story today. She got the catch of her life on Lake Champlain, June 4 in Essex, NY when she landed a 36.5 inch, 29 pound 14 ounce freshwater drum. The fish was the largest drum ever caught in New York, topping the record set in 2014 by more than three pounds. Read more...

Nature Note – Peak Shorebird Migration Time

Late August and early September are the peak times for shorebird migration. The diminutive birds are mid-way on their flight from breeding grounds in northern Canada to the Caribbean and points further south. Read more...

Upcoming Events

September 11, 2016 - Lake Champlain Open Water Swim

Make a separate donation from your registration to support LCC's work for clean, accessible water.

10:30 AM Race Start in Essex, NY


September 12, 2016 - Making the Most of Manure

5:00 - 7:00 PM
UVM Extension - Middlebury Office
23 Pond Lane, Suite 300
Middlebury, VT

Learn about innovative agricultural practices that reduce nutrient runoff and create value-added products in this program organized by... Read more...

September 27 - October 7, 2016 - It's Go Time!

The 2016 Way to Go! Challenge takes place from September 26 - October 7. Simply walk, run, bike, bus, carpool or telecommute on as many days as you can during the two-week event. Sign up and you're automatically entered to win great prizes including... Read more...

Water News from Near and Far

LCC on Vermont Edition

Vermont Public Radio called on LCC for an update on the latest conditions on the lake. LCC Staff Scientist Mike Winslow was the guest on the noon call-in show, Vermont Edition. The discussion covered the causes of algae blooms and why some algae produce toxins. Blooms have been less numerous and less severe than in summers past and the show touched...  Read more...

Big Bass Caught with a Drone

Technology is constantly changing the way we live our lives. A Montreal man recently took advantage of drones to augment his Lake Champlain fishing experience. David Freiheit used one of the remotely operated aerial vehicles to pull a fishing lure over Missisquoi Bay.... Read more...

Parasitic Jellyfish Relatives in Yellowstone River


A 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana has been closed to recreation due to a fish die-off caused by a parasitic relative of jellyfish.  Read more...

California Plagued by Algae Blooms

While conditions may be relatively good on Lake Champlain this year, blue-green algae blooms in California made national news earlier this week. National Public Radio reported that California has posted danger signs for at least 30 lakes and reservoirs this summer. Most alarmingly, toxin levels have been high as well, with readings up to 150,000 micrograms of microcystin per liter. 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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