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Lake Champlain Committee

April Ripples E-news

Concern About Oil Trains Grows

The Transportation Department recently released new emergency rules in response to a series of fiery rail crashes of trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken Fields of North Dakota.  Read more...

Microbeads in Wastewater

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report on the effectiveness of wastewater treatment facilities at removing microbeads.The report found microbeads in effluent of 25 of 34 New York wastewater plants sampled, demonstrating that they are not removed by standard wastewater processing, but instead pass into the environment.  Read more...

2,200 Stools and Counting!

What's worse than picking up dog poop?
Stepping in it.
What's worse than stepping in dog poop?
Swimming or fishing in or drinking water with dog poop in it. 

To address the problem of abandoned dog poo, the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) and community partners hosted April Stools' Day events to clean up parks and trails and protect waterways. Read more...

VT Water Quality Bill Inches Toward Passage

The water quality bill in Montpelier passed the full House on April 2 by a vote of 133-11. The bill has since been amended and approved by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on a vote of 4-1 with the lone dissenter calling for even stronger regulation of forestry practices.  Read more...

2015 Blue-green Algae Monitor Training

Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake as a blue-green algae monitor! 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...

Monitoring Farm Field Runoff

Over the last three years the Lake Champlain Committee has been collecting data in a study to determine the effectiveness of agricultural best management practices. The study, led by Stone Environmental, measures run-off from two nearby farm fields at each of six sites then applies a best management practice to one of the fields.   Read more...

Lessons From the Flood - Do You Really Need to Rebuild Everything?

Sometimes increasing society’s resilience to future floods means abandoning things we built in the past. Following Tropical Storm Irene there have been at least 30 flood-prone properties purchased with an additional 67 buyouts planned.   Read more...

Nature Note: Why Don't Trees Drown During Spring Floods?

Spring flooding presents a challenge to the trees living along rivers. They risk root death due to water -logged soils and don’t yet have their leaves to produce oxygen to pump down to the roots. Furthermore, lack of oxygen in the soil mobilizes iron and manganese.  Read more...

Upcoming Events

May 2, 2015 - Stowe Doodie Day

Noon - 3:00 PM poop pick-up
3:00 - 6:00 PM after party at Rusty Nail
Gather your teams to sign in at 12 noon
~ Receive your team wristband, good for a free slice of Rusty Nail Pizza at the after party.
~ Receive your free raffle tix good for awesome prizes JUST for being a do-gooder.

3pm After Party At Rusty Nail!
Prizes will be awarded for poop scooping, best team costume, best homemade pooper scooper, raffle prizes and more! Prizes include a $400 cash prize!  Read more...

Fridays in May 2015 - Bird Walks with LCC


Friday Bird Walks ~ 8:00-9:00 AM 
at Burlington's Oakledge Park every Friday in May

Celebrate spring on weekly, free bird walks with the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC). Read more...


May 4 - 15 2015 - Way to go Week


Way to Go is an annual program co-founded by LCC to reduce carbon pollution and promote environmentally sustainable transportation options. Individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations can all participate. Read more...


Other Lake News from Near and Far

Dead Fish – A Sign of Spring

In Capistrano, swallows mark the return of spring. In Hinkley, Ohio they eagerly await the return of the buzzards. On Lake Champlain we have … dead fish. Read more...

Albany Advances Money for Water

New York State’s newly passed budget included money for a number of water quality related projects. The budget allocates $200 million for infrastructure improvements over the next three years. Read more...

EPA Forwards Water Rule

The EPA has passed its proposed rule defining “waters of the state” onto the White House. The rule is meant to clarify what waters are under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act following some Supreme Court decisions. Read more...

Using Satellites to Monitor Algae Blooms

Four government agencies have teamed together to develop tools that would allow tracking of freshwater algae blooms using satellite images. The $3.6 million dollar research effort will involve NOAA, NASA, EPA, and the US Geologic Service. The agencies hope to develop early warning and tracking capability that can improve response to harmful algae blooms. Read more...

Goldfish Threaten Colorado Lake

What likely began as the deposit of unwanted pets into Teller Lake #5 near Boulder, CO has grown into a problem of enormous proportions. Non-native goldfish are taking over the water body prompting managers to consider draining the lake as one remediation option.   Read more...

California Water Crisis

The western United States had a very different winter than the east. There, record high temperatures have led to a greatly diminished mountain snow cap. California depends upon snow melt to refill its reservoirs. The lack of snow comes on top of a now four-year long drought, the worst in the state since record keeping began.  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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