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Lake Champlain Committee

Early Fall Ripples E-news

Dear LCC Members and Friends,


While the lake has cooled and many boats are docked for the season there’s lots of lake protection work underway. Please read on to learn about the need to look beyond phosphorus to address algae blooms, national efforts to ban microbeads and how you can support efforts to require best management practices for agriculture. You'll also find updates on LCC's work and lake news from near and far.

Happy fall,  

Lori Fisher, LCC Exec. Director

Looking Beyond Phosphorus

The summer of 2015 saw extensive disgusting blue-green algae blooms in northeastern bays of Lake Champlain, but much has occurred on the recent policy front to lend hope about the future of Lake Champlain. Read more...

Voice Your Support for Agricultural Best Management Practices on 11/12/15

On Thursday November 12 the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will hold a public hearing on a new plan to require Best Management Practices (BMPs) on farms in the Missisquoi Bay basin as well as St. Albans, Otter Creek and South Lake watersheds. Read more...

Sen. Gillibrand Calls for End to Microbeads

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Plattsburgh in late July to muster support for a bill to ban microbeads from our nation’s waters. Read more...

LCC Critiques Pollution Plan

The EPA has put forth an ambitious pollution budget for Lake Champlain (the TMDL). In some places that budget is too ambitious, calling for reductions that just aren’t realistic. Read more...

Dam Be Gone

The Willsboro Dam on the Boquet River was removed in August opening over 30 miles of river to spawning by Atlantic salmon. The 125-year old dam, a relic of the area’s milling past, was falling apart.   Read more...

Improving Soil Health: Cover Crops and No-Till Agriculture

Agriculture is a significant source of phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain. Reductions of between 20 and 83% of current loads in targeted watersheds are needed to meet water quality standards. Improving soil health can reduce erosion and phosphorus loss from fields.Cover cropping and no-till farming are two tools that can be used alone or in conjunction to improve soil health, while simultaneously being touted as options to reduce impacts on water. Read more...

Lessons from the Flood – Successful Lakeshore Protection Projects

In order to address lake shore erosion issues you first have to know what is causing the erosion. It is easy to look at the broad expanse of the lake and assume the crashing waves are the source of the problem, even when it’s not true. Read more...

VPR Highlights Water

Vermont Public Radio took an in-depth look at pollution sources and solutions in their recent Downstream series. As they note, “when it comes to the health of Vermont waters, we’re all downstream. But tackling pollution isn’t a simple fix. From roofs and roads to forests and farms, many sources contribute to water pollution.”  Read more...

Lake Champlain – You Find What You’re Looking For

As part of Vermont Public Radio's attention to water, LCC Staff Scientist Mike Winslow provided the following commentary for the station, which you can listen to on-lineRead more...

Algae Blooms Not Restricted to Lake Champlain

Algae blooms have become common across the country and across the world. While some of the places they are appearing have a history of nuisance levels, in other places the blooms are considered new or rare. Read more...

Want to Know More About Blue Green Algae?

LCC has been working hard to educate the public about blue-green algae. For years now we have offered algae monitor training sessions to instruct anyone interested in how to distinguish blue-green algae from other floating phenomena and what the health risks are of exposure to blue-green algae.During the past summer we were particularly active in expanding our outreach to major media outlets. In July Mike Winslow and DEC scientist Angela Shambaugh sat down with Jane Lindholm on VPR’s Vermont Edition. In late August, Mike visited Shelby Cashman on WCAX’s The 30Read more...

Nature Note – White Water Lillies 

The white water lilly (Nymphaea odorata) is surely reason enough to paddle in quite still waters. The plant grows in ponds, lakes, slow stream and ditches from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan and south to Central America. Read more...

Water News from Near and Far

Burlington Pharmaceutical Survey

We all take medicine… but how do we dispose of it? If you are a Burlington resident and are 18 years old or older, please help researchers at the University of Vermont study pharmaceutical pollution in Lake Champlain by filling out an anonymous survey that will help answer this question.  Read more...

Lake Sturgeon Return

Fisheries staff from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reported that a total of 17 lake sturgeon were collected during recent sampling activities on several Lake Champlain tributaries, an encouraging sign for the prehistoric, endangered species. Read more...

Flood Damage Hits
Central VT Again

Mid summer storms pounded central Vermont with up to six inches of rain in places. Flood damage struck throughout Barre and Plainfield. Eighty homes were damaged and seven were deemed uninhabitable. Read more...

Proposal to Add Critical Habitats Under Endangered Species Protections

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources plans to request amendments to Vermont’s threatened and endangered species statute. Read more...

Reconstruction completed at South Hero boat launch

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department completed reconstruction of the John Guilmette Fishing Access Area on Lake Champlain in South Hero and the facility is now open for public use. Read more...

Reducing P Loading Not Enough For Lake of the Woods

The sixth largest freshwater lake by surface area in the United State sits shares a border between the U.S. and Canada. No it’s not Lake Champlain, but rather Lake of the Woods which straddles the Minnesota, Ontario, Alberta border. Lake of the Woods is about three times larger than Lake Champlain and has also suffered from harmful algae blooms.

Excessive nutrient loading to Lake of the Woods came mostly from paper mills and cities along the Rainy River. 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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