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Lake Champlain Committee

Early Winter Ripples E-news

Dear LCC Members and Friends,

Below is our December issue of Ripples, LCC's monthly E-newsletter covering lake issues and our work. Lake Champlain is our inspiration. It provides equal parts awe, adventure, and sustenance. It adds immeasurably to our quality of life and it's our place to take care of. Thank you for caring about the lake and for all you do to protect and improve water quality. As we move towards the close of another year we want you to know how much we appreciate your involvement and support in the ongoing work for clean, accessible water. When you make a donation, participate in an event, renew your membership, come out to a hearing, write policy makers, or volunteer your time, it truly makes a difference. Here's to cleaner water in 2017 with your help!

We wish you peace and joy this holiday season.

With thanks,

Lori Fisher
LCC Executive Director

The Economics of Clear Water

Vermont lakeside communities would lose $16.8 million in economic activity and 200 full-time jobs – in July and August alone – for every one-meter (three-foot) decrease in water clarity according to a study recently released by the University of Vermont and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Read more...
Good News on Global

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has informed Global Partners LP that an air quality renewal permit for its Albany terminals, approved more than four years ago, would be considered as a new application, which requires the department to begin the environmental review process anew. Read more...
UVM Study Suggests Climate Change Could Outpace EPA's Lake Protection Guidelines

New research suggests that Lake Champlain may be more susceptible to damage from climate change than was previously understood—and that, therefore, the rules created by the EPA to protect the lake may be inadequate to prevent algae blooms Read more....

LCC Opposes Proposal to Establish New Anchorages on the Hudson River

Earlier this month, LCC joined with the Adirondack Mountain Club, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Advocates of New York, and the City of Plattsburgh in opposition to a proposal to establish new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River. Read more...


Under Ice

Winter brings to Lake Champlain, and to the many smaller lakes and ponds around the Lake Champlain Basin, a window into a world where the normal rules of life are suspended. People who can't swim can walk on the water instead. Roads do not end at the lake's edge, but extend out to ephemeral villages of ice fishing shanties. Read more...

Mike Kline Receives LCC Legacy Award

Earlier this year, LCC honored Mike Kline, manager of the Rivers Program at the VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation with our Legacy Award. For nearly three decades Mike has worked tirelessly and effectively to align state and federal programs to combine flood and erosion hazard mitigation with other aspects of watershed management Read more...
Thanks Mike!

After 15 1/2 years as LCC Staff Scientist, Mike Winslow left LCC earlier this year for a post at the VT Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research(EPSCoR). During his tenure at LCC he provided thoughtful, scientific grounding for LCC's policy and advocacy work. Read more...
Invasive Species Spreading

New invasive species were found in three lakes in our region this past summer: Indian Lake, Lake Bomoseen, and Lake Alice. Read more...
Get Your Lake Questions Answered

Why is ice so hard and slippery? Does Lake Champlain produce lake-effect snow? Why does fog form over the lake on cold days? What is the probability that Lake Champlain will freeze over in any year? Find the answers in LCC's award-winning book "Lake Champlain: A Natural History". Order a copy or join LCC and get the book with your welcome package!

What's Not to Like?

On Facebook? We are too! 'Like' LCC's Facebook page for engaging content, the latest lake news, and beautiful lake photos. Here's how to like the Lake Champlain Committee on Facebook:
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Water News from Near and Far

Incoming VT Natural Resources Secretary Talks About Climate Change & the Lake

Vermont Governor-elect Phil Scott recently named civil engineer Julie Moore to head the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in his administration. She was the water cleanup director under Governor Jim Douglas and has continued to work on water quality issues at the consulting firm of Stone Environmental since leaving state government. Hear her thoughts about how global climate change is affecting Lake Champlain in this interview on VPR.
Hatchery Hopes to Restore Fish Native to Lake Champlain

After being devastated by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the White River National Fish Hatchery was closed and its decades-long Atlantic salmon restoration effort dropped. Five years and roughly $2.4 million later the hatchery is rebuilt and raising fish once again. This time their mission is to produce landlocked Atlantic salmon destined for Lake Champlain. Read More...

Flood Inundation Maps Now Available

Lake Champlain reached record levels in the spring of 2011 from storm events and snowmelt. These floods devastated communities. State and local communities are acting now to be better prepared for future floods. Read more...

Making More Space for Water

This video from France beautifully illustrates how human and natural communities are safer and healthier through the protection of natural flows, floodplains and meandering rivers. Read more...

Upcoming Events

March 22, 2017 - World Water Day Celebration Event

  • Open to all students in grades K-12 within the Lake Champlain watershed.
  • No purchase required to enter or to receive recognition.
  • Maximum of 3 entries per class or group.

Submissions due Lake Champlain Basin Program 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT 05458 or
4 PM on March 9, 2017

Awards will be held:
ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington VT 
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM; March 22, 2017

  For more information, click here...

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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
Dominic Brennan, ECO AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator

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