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Lake Champlain Committee

May Ripples E-news

Halt the Oil Trains


LCC and partner organizations including the National Wildlife Federation and the Adirondack Council recently released a letter urging Congress to ban oil transportation along Lake Champlain. Read more...
 

Water Funding Woes


Could water infrastructure be gaining support in Washington? The recent inability of Congress to support funding to address the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis would suggest not, but Politico reports that “there is a growing belief—on both sides of the aisle—that it’s time for the federal government to start... Read more...
 

Weigh in on
Farming Practices


The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has submitted their plan for Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) to the Secretary of State on their path to final implementation. There is now a public comment period open until July 7. Read more...
 

Do They Get It Now?
Don't P on the Lawn!


Lowes and Home Depot recently reached settlement agreements with the New York Attorney General for violations of a 2010 state law designed to reduce pollution from phosphorus lawn fertilizer.  Read more...

VT & NY Legislative
Round-Up


In NY
The New York the State Senate considered two regulatory “reform” bills that would seriously impede state agencies’ ability to protect the public and the environment.  Read more...

Wipes Clog Pipes


Marketing geniuses always search for more ways to separate people from their hard earned money. In recent years they have convinced people that modern toilet paper is insufficient, so we need to buy flushable wipes that cost six times more than toilet paper. Read more...

Calling Citizen Scientists


Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake. Complete our blue-green algae monitor form if you're interested in monitoring during the 2016 season or want to attend a training session to learn more about the lake. Feel free to share this invite with other lake lovers. Monitoring begins the week of June 19 and runs through at least Labor Day... Read more...

LCC Bird Walks -- What a Tweet!


For the third year running LCC hosted morning bird walks at Oakledge Park in Burlington on Fridays during May. The shoreline strolls are an opportunity to reach out to our neighbors, share our love of nature, and take advantage of a local resource. Read more...

Conserve Water


The mild winter has merged with a dry spring to produce lower than average lake levels. On average May is the month with the highest water levels, but the end of May lake level (95.99 feet on 5/31) is more typical of what we usually see in mid-July. Read more...

Watershed Camp for Teachers Begins July 11


LCC and other Champlain Basin Education Inititative partners are seeking a few more educators for the upcoming Watershed for Every Classroom five-credit graduate course. The course begins in July 2016 and ends in May 2017. Educators will explore the rich environmental and cultural resources of the Lake Champlain Basin, practice activities and protocols to use with their students and learn first-hand information from scientists, historians, and field experts. They will explore water quality issues while paddling along the LaPlatte River... Read more...

Nature Note - Mayflies


Leave an outside light on during a summer night and you're likely to eventually find one or two large insects with two long appendages at their back sitting placidly by the light. These are mayflies, members of the order Ephemeroptera. The Latin name comes from the short amount of time, a day at most, each flying insect lives. Read more...

Recommended Beach Read

As summer approaches we all look for a good book to bring along to the beach. Consider a copy of Lake Champlain: A Natural History for yourself or the lake lover among your friends and acquaintances. The book offers short captivating essays about various aspects of the lake: where did it come from, why are the parts of it so different from one another, what creatures live here. Bill McKibben described the book as “Like having a wise naturalist along with you on a trip.” Order your copy todayRead more...

Water News from Near and Far

Clean, Drain, Dry – It’s More Than a Suggestion

New York has taken a step forward in the fight against invasive species. New regulations went into effect at the end of May with regard to boat launches throughout the state. Now, all watercraft operators must take reasonable precautions before launching. These include removing visible plant or animal matter, washing, draining, and drying watercraft. Read more...

Oil Spill Trainings


An oil spill response training was held in Plattsburgh over three days in late May. Agencies involved included EPA, the Coast Guard, and the NY Department of Environmental Conservation. Agency staff practiced deploying booms to control any spills. Read more...

Antibacterials Accumulate in Food

The first study to measure the long-term, repeated effects of triclosan on soil and plant communities has recently been published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Monica Mendez, an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at Texas A&M International University... Read more...

The Two Most Confounding Words in Water Policy

What exactly is a “significant nexus”? Those two words, from a Supreme Court decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2006 play a huge role in water policy, as explained in a recent Politico article. Kennedy decided that wetlands must have a “significant nexus” to navigable waters in order to be protected by the federal Clean Water Act. Regulators have been trying to figure out what that means ever since. Read more...

Chesapeake Warnings


The Chesapeake Bay has been the subject of the most ambitious federal water cleanup plan underway in the country. In 2010 the Obama administration announced a new Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan. So far, more than 125,000 acres of forested buffers have been planted along rivers and streams in Pennsylvania portions of the basin alone.  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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