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
March 16-22, 2015 – Fix a Leak Week
Hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, LCC and other WaterSense partners
More than one trillion gallons of water are lost annually in the U.S. due to easy-to-fix household leaks. Fix them during Fix a Leak Week!
If your faucet drips or your toilet runs it can waste over 10,000 gallons a year -- the amount of water in a typical backyard swimming pool. Finding and fixing leaks around the home can be as simple as check, twist and replace.
- Check toilets - put a few drops of food coloring into the tank; wait a few minutes and see if the color appears in the bowl before you flush. If it does, there's a leak.
- Twist on aerators - add new WaterSense labeled faucet aerators and showerheads and tighten pipe and hose connections to save water.
- Replace leaking fixtures - be sure to choose WaterSense labeled fixtures when building or rennovating. They are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models.
LCC, the US Environmental Protection Agency and other WaterSense partners are promoting a week focused on water conservation. Wasting water wastes energy and money and can contribute to lake pollution. Get a jump on the week by reviewing your water bills and seeing how much water you consume, then visit LCC's Water Conservation page or EPA's WaterSense site for additional water saving tips. Of course remember you can fix leaks and save valuable water and money all year long too, not just during Fix a Leak Week!
April 2015 - April Stools' Day
Hosted by the Lake Champlain Committee
The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) doggedly urges citizens to join in April Stools' Day events to clean up pet and other waste from parks, trails and recreation areas. Stay tuned for more details regarding organized events and cleanups during April 2015.
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.
Fridays in May 2015 - Bird Walks with LCC
Hosted by the Lake Champlain Committee
Oakledge Park – End of Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT
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 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. Way to Go week encourages the use of cheaper, healthier, more earth-friendly alternatives to driving alone. Individuals, businesses, schools, organizations can all easily 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 week. Stay tuned for more event details and final dates as May 2015 approaches.
2015 Blue-green Algae Monitor Training
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@ or (802) 658-1414 if you have any questions. lakechamplaincommittee.org