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Vermont business, municipal, and environmental leaders came together in January to express shared support for long-term clean water funding via a parcel fee, and the establishment of a Clean Water Authority to collect and distribute those funds to on-the-ground clean water projects throughout the state. Groups endorsing the measure included the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC), Vermont Conservation Voters, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pomerleau Real Estate, and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. Read...

In late December 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $65 million four-point initiative to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Upstate New York waters. Twelve lakes that are vulnerable to HABs and are critical drinking water sources and vital tourism drivers were chosen as priority waterbodies. Lake Champlain and Lake George are two of the twelve that will receive greater focus. Lessons learned will be applied to other impacted waterbodies moving forward. Read...

Looking for an outdoor summer job near the water? Enjoy talking to people about the lake? If yes, consider becoming a Lake Champlain boat launch steward. The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is hiring up to twelve boat launch stewards to work at New York and Vermont public boat launch access areas during the steward program’s 12th season. The stewards help to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species by identifying high-risk boats for courtesy inspection and providing information about invasive species spread prevention.  Read...

Winter weather doesn’t stop dogs from having to head outside to fulfill their “dooty” and it shouldn’t stop dog owners from cleaning up after their canine friends either. Unfortunately, even diligent pet owners may get a little lax about scooping poop when the mercury drops and sidewalks and walking trails become snow covered or icy. Excuses range from “it’s too cold or hard to pick up poop with gloves on” to “it doesn’t matter in winter”. It may seem harmless to leave hound mounds behind on your winter walks to melt away when temperatures rise. However, that pet waste doesn’t just disappear, it’s flushed off into our waterways with snowmelt and spring rains.  Read...

This past January, confused vacationers unknowingly drove their car onto the frozen waters of Lake Champlain by the Burlington Coast Guard Station. The vehicle quickly broke through and sank in the inner harbor.  Fortunately, all of the passengers were able to escape unharmed and the car was ultimately moved to shore. While the group didn’t intend to drive onto the lake, their tale is a reminder to leave cars and trucks in the parking lot and always be cautious about venturing onto ice. Natural ice is a beautiful and intriguing phenomenon but it’s critical to be prepared before exploring it. The fluctuating temperatures of recent weeks urge caution. Widely varying temperatures that cause ice to thaw and then refreeze triggers honeycombed ice that is weak and unsafe. Follow the link to learn about some safety tips based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Read...

Unitarian Church and State House in Montpelier, VT
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join LCC and partners for Clean Water Day on Thursday, February 22 to celebrate our lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands, and call on VT lawmakers to invest in cleaning up and protecting our waterways.

Click here to RSVP. Read...

When we think of water movement in Lake Champlain, we tend to think primarily of the lake's surface -- of steep-sided chop in squalls and gentle winds rippling calm surfaces. But it is well beneath the surface that most of the lake's water movement takes place. There, a giant wave that takes four days to roll back and forth through the lake and can reach heights of nearly 100 feet dominates throughout the summer and fall. Despite its massive size, this wave tips no boats nor smashes no lakeshore cottages. Read...

Know someone who loves the lake? Have a good friend who you play on the water with? Express your caring for the wonderful people in your life and your concern for water quality at the same time by gifting a Lake Champlain Committee membership.  Just fill in our mail-in-order form or sign them up online (be sure to check the Gift Membership box) and we'll do the rest! Read...

Wish you could look at Lake Champlain every day? You can with a purchase of LCC's stunning photo cards which feature beautiful vistas of our favorite lake! An eight-card set includes two cards each of four different arresting scenes and costs $10 for members, $14 if you haven't joined yet. Read...

Fall rains bring out our least curious side. To avoid chill winds and wet clothes, we huddle under umbrellas, raincoats, and any handy cover up, and hurry between home and car, car and other buildings. We walk with quick steps, our eyes cast down to watch for puddles. But through these efforts to avoid chilly downpours, we miss one of nature's small-scale spectaculars: the response of trees to rain. Read...

From September 24 through mid-week, a record-setting heat wave helped spawn or perpetuate blooms at over 20 monitoring sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline. The wet spring and summer had already flushed lots of nutrients into our waterways priming conditions for cyanobacteria to take off during the spate of hot, still weather. Read...

Mixed conditions were reported by Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) monitors again this week on Lake Champlain and inland lakes. Cyanobacteria blooms persisted in St. Albans Bay and Lake Carmi and in parts of Missisquoi Bay. Low alert conditions were observed at some Main Lake North and Main Lake Central sites and at Shelburne Pond.  Read...

Mixed conditions were reported by Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) monitors yet again on Lake Champlain and inland lakes. Cyanobacteria blooms persisted in St. Albans Bay and parts of Missisquoi Bay and Main Lake North along with Lake Carmi. Low alert conditions were reported at Lake Memphremagog and Lake Morey.  Read...

Monitors reported mixed conditions again this past week on Lake Champlain and inland lakes. Summer is on the wane and many state and municipal beaches are closed or will be closing soon, however LCC will continue to send weekly reports through the end of the month. Please be cautious while recreating on the water as blooms may persist through the reporting season. Read...

As we head into the Labor Day weekend LCC monitors are reporting both clear water and cyanobacteria blooms. While there are many beaches open and safe for swimming, we have received reports of blooms in Bulwagga Bay, Maquam Shore, St. Albans Bay, Missisquoi Bay, Lake Carmi, Shelburne Pond and Ticklenaked Pond.  Read...