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Latest Updates

Dear Lake friends,

As someone who cares about clean water, are you willing to make one phone call? This week, the Vermont House will make key decisions about whether and how to address the $62.4 million annual investment needed to protect and restore our waterways. Please take a moment to call your legislators today and let them know you want them to invest in water clean-up now. Read...

The White House is proposing to slash the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget by 25%. The $2 billion cut from EPA's budget of $8.14 billion represents a mere .05% "savings" in the total federal budget.  Read...

For several years LCC has been raising awareness about tile drains and urging state agencies to focus more attention and regulatory scrutiny on them. Read...

Dr. David Strayer, freshwater ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, shares his thoughts about why any efforts to repeal the EPA rule that defines waters of the United States (WOTUS) should be resisted, especially if you care about the health of our nation's lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. Read...

The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) and environmental consulting firm Arrowwood Environmental (AE) won a competitive grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to continue our aquatic invasive species mapping and control project. Read...

The Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee (VT CAC) presented its annual Action Plan to the Vermont Legislature last week in a day-long series of meetings at the Vermont State House. Read...

Many thanks to our friends at Magic Hat who have again brewed a special beer to celebrate and support Lake Champlain. Read...

For a brief period in 1998, the United States government officially recognized Lake Champlain as one of the Great Lakes. Read...

Winter is a great time for observing waterfowl on Lake Champlain. Read...

Removing a dam makes a big difference for fish habitat, recreation, the local economy and water quality. Read...

Every month, the Vermont's Clean Water Initiative Program highlights a " Clean Water Superstar", species that help keep waters swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. Read...

Before 1999 Lake Superior ferries never operated all winter between the communities of Bayfield Wisconsin and Madeline Island, the small resort town that's home to about 250 year-round residents.  Read...

A new report by our friends at the National Wildlife Federation outlines how the federal mandate to blend corn-based ethanol into conventional gasoline has degraded waters and destroyed wildlife habitat across the country. Passed in 2005, the mandate increased the demand for corn and resulted in a major transformation on the landscape. Read...

The Vermont Legislature returned on January 4 with new faces and some changes in leadership. Mitzi Johnson of South Hero was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senator Tim Ashe, representing Chittenden County, was elected President Pro Tempore of the Vermont Senate. Congratulations to them and good news for the Lake Champlain Basin, as there are now two leaders that understand firsthand the environmental impacts of the phosphorus pollution on the lake and the surrounding waters. Read...

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), the Congressionally-designated initiative to restore and protect Lake Champlain and its watershed, seeks comments on Opportunities for Action (OFA)OFA maps out a plan for coordinated action by federal, state and provincial jurisdictions. Read...