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.  

It's Go Time!

The 2016 Way to Go! Challenge takes place from September 26 - October 7. Simply walk, run, bike, bus, carpool or telecommute on as many days as you can during the two-week event. Sign up and you're automatically entered to win great prizes including iPads, Nest Thermostats, a GoPro, an Apple TV, gift certificates, Darn Tough socks and more. Plus, the workplace with the highest score will win the coveted Carbon Cup (not to mention, bragging rights!). Employers can get in the act and challenge another business to a Carbon Throwdown, where the winner receives a Carbon Throwdown Trophy. Vermont K-12 schools have a big incentive to participate this year as the school with the greatest involvement will win an AllEarth Solar Tracker, which is estimated to save the winning school $85,000 in power costs over the life of the tracker. Learn more and sign up today

Celebrate the lake with LCC on 10/13/2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. RSVP today!

Celebrate the lake and some great people at our 53rd anniversary party!

Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 PM
The FlynnDog Gallery and Chef's Corner South End restaurant area
Burlington, VT

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Enjoy light fare of locally sourced food and drink, hear a lake expert's thought provoking guest address, give a fond send off to Staff Scientist Mike Winslow, and take home a microbead-free exfoliate all while sharing a fun evening with other lake lovers. 

                                                                                                  
Protecting Lakes in a Time of Global Change
Lisa Borre,  Senior Research Specialist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will be our guest speaker. An avid sailor, she's sailed across the Atlantic and written dozens of sailing articles. She's also co-founded an international lake network and blogs about water issues for National Geographic. Lisa will share stories from her research, travels, and work with the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) about how climate change is affecting lake communities worldwide. She'll also review lessons learned and promising strategies for protecting lakes in a time of global change. 

Send Mike Off With Lots of Applause
During his 15+ year tenure at LCC, Staff Scientist Mike Winslow has provided thoughtful, scientific grounding for LCC's policy work. He's authored the lake's only natural history book, helped implement our award-winning blue-green algae monitoring program, given countless presentations to foster stewardship, trained hundreds of people to assess water quality, and written eloquently about the lake. Please help us give him a warm send off to his new post at VT EPSCoR.  

Stay tuned for April and May 2017 clean-up days. Contact LCC to help organize a clean-up in your community or initiate some spring cleaning on your own. 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 us the date of your outing along with photos and some details on what you picked up to be entered into our prize pool and get a set of lake note cards for your efforts.

The Scoop on Dog Poop
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.

LCC BGA volunteers, Bob and Mary McKearin, monitoring at North Beach. Photo by Lori Fisher.

Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake. Complete our blue-green algae monitor form if you're interested in monitoring during the 2017 season or want to attend a training session to learn more about the lake. Share this invite with other lake lovers to help engage more people.

Monitoring will begin mid-June and run through at least Labor Day with as many monitors as possible continuing to collect data until the end of September. 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 citizens as well as health, environmental and recreation agencies. It also adds to understanding on the trigger for blooms so we can reduce their frequency. Data from the monitoring program is regularly uploaded to the Lake Champlain blue-green algae data tracker map hosted by the Vermont Department of health and accessible to anyone with internet access.

Training sessions are free and open to the public. Presentations will last about an hour and provide background about blue-green algae, guidance on how to differentiate it from other lake phenomena, instructions for assessing water conditions, and actions to take to reduce blooms. Contact us at lcc@ lakechamplaincommittee.org or (802) 658-1414 if you have questions or would like to help organize a training session for your community.