Photo by Lori Fisher.

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.  

Events hosted by the Lake Champlain Committee and community partners

Yes, dog doo is gross! Especially if you step in it. What's worse is that pet poop left behind on trails and in our parks enters streams, rivers and Lake Champlain which nearly 200,000 people rely on for their drinking water.

LCC doggedly urges citizens to take action by lending a hand at April Stools' and Scoop the Poop days to clean up parks and trails and protect waterways!

Gloves, bags, trowels, pails, and hand sanitizer will be provided. We’ll be picking up pet poop and any litter we find along the way.

Participants will receive a package of lake note cards (while supplies last) and be entered into a drawing for cash prizes of $25, $50 and $100.

Meet for "doo-ty" at the following locations. RSVPs appreciated. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If you can't make a clean-up. . .

If a clean-up isn't scheduled nearby or you can't make the date you can still lend a hand. Whenever you have time, head out to your favorite park, trail or neighborhood with gloves, plastic bags and a sturdy trowel and help scoop the poop. Wear a safety vest if working near roadways. Pet poop should be flushed down the toilet or deposited in the garbage along with any other trash you find during your outings. Email LCC photos and details on your clean-up effort by May 4 and you'll still be entered into our drawing for cash prizes.

The Scoop on Dog Poop

While most pet owners conscientiously pick up after their dogs, pets with irresponsible owners leave reminders all around for the rest of us to deal with. All those poop piles add up. In addition to making our recreation areas unsightly they can cause health and water quality problems. Pet waste carries nutrients that feed the growth of weeds and algae in the water. EPA estimates that two or three days' worth of droppings from just 100 dogs contributes enough bacteria to temporarily close a waterbody to swimming and fishing. Woof-waste doesn't make good fertilizer; it burns grass and leaves unsightly discoloring. Infected pet poop can carry the eggs of roundworms and other parasites (like cryptosporidium, giardia, and salmonella) which can linger in soil for years. Anyone gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot, or digging in the infected dirt, risks coming into contact with those eggs. Children are most susceptible since they often play in the dirt and put things in their mouths.

Note: these clean-up efforts are funded in part by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and LCC members.

Events hosted by the Lake Champlain Committee and community partners

Several communities are hosting "Scoop the Poop" events or encouraging citizens to pick up poop along with trash as part of annual Green-up Day. Stay tuned for more details.  

Photo by Marc Faucher.

Hosted by the Lake Champlain Committee
Oakledge Park – End of Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT
8:00 AM

Join LCC Staff Scientist Mike Winslow for Friday morning bird walks in May beginning at Burlington's Oakledge Park. Stroll along the lakeshore and learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Take in Lake Champlain and Adirondack views, learn about birds and ask lake questions.

Our final bird walk of the spring will be on May 29 and end with a light breakfast on the back porch of LCC’s 208 Flynn Avenue office.

Events are rain or shine. Meet and park at Oakledge Park (parking fees apply after Memorial Day).

MAY 4 - 15 2015 - WAY TO GO WEEK

Sponsored by LCC and the Way to Go Partners

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. Just pledge to get to work, school or play by walking, biking, carpooling, taking the bus or telecommuting at least one day during the event weeks. Join the two-week smart trip challenge from May 4 to May 15.

Here's how it works:

1. Sign up. It's free! Join thousands of other watershed residents in the Way to Go challenge.

2. Choose your group. After you register you'll be asked to choose a group (a company, team, or a school). If your team isn't registered you can sign up to be the team leader. You can also participate as an individual.

3. Log your miles. Enter any daily commuting you do into the log -- whether it's for work, getting to school, running errands, or to socialize.

Planning your ride?

Find bus schedules, carpool matching, cycling routes and more resources at Go!Vermont.

Sign up and share your commuting photos and stories with LCC at lcc@ lakechamplaincommittee.org.

2015 Blue-green Algae Monitor Training

Photo by Sheila Chairvolotti.

Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake. Complete our blue-green algae monitor form if you're interested in monitoring during the 2015 season which runs from mid-June through Labor Day. Both new and returning monitors need to receive annual training. Participants must have weekly access to the same shoreline location (either public or private) and be able to file online reports. The program provides critical data on where and when blooms are happening and is relied on by health, environmental and recreation agencies.

Stay tuned for monitor training session dates and locations as the 2015 season approaches. Contact us at lcc@ lakechamplaincommittee.org or (802) 658-1414 if you have any questions.

July 25, 2015 - Regatta for Lake Champlain

Hosted by Regatta for Lake Champlain and Rock Point Advisors
Benefiting LCC and other organizations
(802) 658-3023

The Regatta for Lake Champlain, presented by Rock Point Advisors is the most unique race in the region. It is the only race hosted on Burlington’s Waterfront, giving spectators a beautiful view of almost 50 sailboats, usually arriving under spinnakers (the colorful kite-like sail) into the harbor silhouetted against the Adirondack Mountains. As one of only a few certified Clean Regattas on Lake Champlain, all of the event’s organizers and participants commit to a list of environmental best practices to keep our waterways healthy and vital including use of non-toxic cleaning products, recycling, composting, and reducing single-use, disposable containers.

Since 2004 the Regatta has raised over $100,000 for lake causes. Nearly $20,000 has been donated to the Lake Champlain Committee to support our water quality protection and lake access work. 

Stay tuned for more details as the race approaches!

September 13,2015 - Lake Champlain Open Water Swim

Photo by Lori Fisher.

Donations to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee

This event is a 3.76 mile open swim across Lake Champlain starting in Essex, NY and ending at the Charlotte public beach in the town of Charlotte, VT. Rain or shine.

Participants must be 18 or older, have experience swimming in open water, and completed at least a 2 kilometer swim or race. Registration fee is $45 ($55 after August 15, 2015).
Registration covers a T shirt, timing of each participant, safe swimming course, drinks and energy food at the arrival. A winning cup for the 3 first places in the men and women category.

Donations separate from registration fee will help LCC work to combat invasive species, reduce nutrients and toxins and other projects.  

Participating swimmers are encouraged to gather pledges to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee’s work for clean, accessible water.

To register or donate to LCC, click here.