Calendar of Events
Want to learn more about Lake Champlain or get involved with efforts around the lake? LCC offers presentations about various aspects of the lake and its management. We also sponsor or participate in various efforts to increase environmental awareness or make a difference for the lake. Below is a sample of venues and events. To schedule an event in your area please contact LCC at 802-658-1414 or lcc@. lakechamplaincommittee.org
August 28, 2014 - Oil Train Community Forum
Co-sponsored by the Lake Champlain Committee, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity.
City Hall Auditorium
41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Experts will discuss risks to the environment, schools and communities from transport of explosive Bakken crude oil on rail lines between Montreal and Albany.
Hear about federal spill-response plans; threats to fisheries and drinking water; risks to local schools, homes, and businesses; and the potential for additional risks if trains start shipping tar-sands crude as well as Bakken oil.
Find out what you can do to help local, state and federal officials protect our communities, farmland, tourism, wildlife and water. Lake Champlain, local rivers including the Saranac, Ausable and Boquet; and, the Adirondack Park, which contains 100 miles of rail corridor, are all in harm’s way.
Eric Day, Director Clinton County Office of Emergency Services
Don Jaquish, Director Essex County Emergency Services
Eric and Don will provide an overview of the issues they're monitoring for the counties and explain and share any concerns they have regarding emergency response capabilities and beyond.
Carl Pellegrino and Doug Kodama, On-scene Coordinators for Response & Prevention Branch EPA Region 2
Carl and Doug will provide an update on the EPA spill response plans.
Claire Barnett, Executive Director Healthy Schools Network
Claire will discuss the proximity of schools to the oil transport route.
Mark Malchoff, Extension Program Leader, and Aquatic Resource Specialist Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program
Mark will cover impacts to the fishery and the challenges of species recovery in the event of a spill.
A moderated Question and Answer session will follow the panelists' presentations.
The Champlain Valley has become a conduit for trains laden with explosive Bakken crude oil. How well are our communities prepared to deal with a tragedy on the scale of that which devastated Lac Megantic, Quebec just over a year ago? What ecological impacts would result from a derailment on the shores of Lake Champlain?
Learn more about the risks oil trains pose to the North Country and steps community, state and federal governments need to take to respond to and prevent disasters.
September 27, 2014 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Hosted by federal and state agencies
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Federal and state agencies are teaming up to host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. LCC encourages everyone to check medicine cabinets for unwanted, unused pharmaceuticals and safely dispose of them at a nearby collection site.
Click here to learn how prescription medicines are being discovered in our waterways, and the effects they have on the environment.
Check back closer to the event for further details on drop-off locations.
Fall 2014 - 51st Annual Meeting
We'll gather in Vermont this year. Details to follow closer to the event. For now you can take a look at pictures from our 50th anniversary celebration held at Flat Rock Camp. Thanks to our meeting hosts Peter and Patty Paine, meeting sponsor Champlain National Bank, and all who attended the special day.