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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...

VT Digger - Vermonters depend upon clean water for our prosperity and health. Yet when it comes to investing in clean water, the state of Vermont appears headed towards abandoning recent progress and returning to a failed strategy of kicking the can down the road. Read...

Seven Days - A state working group tasked with proposing legislation and identifying a funding source for Vermont's 20-year effort to reduce phosphorus pollution in its waterways has finished its work - without achieving either of its primary goals. 
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Rutland Herald - As any successful farmer or gardener knows, trying to plant in soil starved of nutrients and moisture almost guarantees failure.

Working with soil treated with carbon "biochar," however, is like working with dirt on natural steroids. Read...

VPR - For over a century, lake trout offspring were not surviving through their first winter in Lake Champlain - so the state of Vermont has been stocking the lake with yearling trout for the past 45 years. But over the last three years, there's been a seemingly positive and significant change in the survival of the lake's young trout. Read...

USFWS - "I want you to see this structure out here because it has really informed our thinking about the effects of barriers on fish movement," said U.S. Geological Survey Research Ecologist Theodore Castro-Santos as we walked across the snow-covered grounds of the Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center in Turners Falls, Mass., to check out what appeared to be a swimming pool connected to a long cylinder wrapped in plastic. 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...

Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) cyanobacteria monitors mainly reported good conditions this week. The exceptions so far are low alerts from Monday August 21 at Philipsburg Quebec. The Quebec reports were from research sites that are monitored every two weeks so conditions may change well before the tracker gets updated with the next report. The other low alert came from Ticklenaked Pond in Ryegate in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. There was also a report of an unusual cyanobacteria on Lake Morey in Fairlee, Vermont. Scroll down to see a picture of Rivularia spp. and learn more.  Read...