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.  

July 31, 2016 - Water Works Fair

10AM - 2PM
Burlington Waterfront - Adjacent to the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

This Sunday LCC will be joining other lake organizations at the Water Works Fair hosted by the Community Sailing Center in partnership with the Lake Champlain Maritime festival. Come join for some hands-on learning experiences for all ages, FREE paddling, yoga, prizes and more!

Photo by Lori Fisher.

Separate Donations to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee

This event is a 3.76 mile open swim across Lake Champlain starting in Essex, NY and ending at the Charlotte public beach in the town of Charlotte, VT. Rain or shine. 

Participants must be 18 or older, have experience swimming in open water, and completed at least a 2 kilometer swim or race. Registration fee is $45 ($55 after August 13, 2016). Registration covers a T shirt, timing of each participant, safe swimming course, drinks and energy food at the arrival. A winning cup for the 3 first places in the men and women category.

Donations separate from registration fee will help LCC work to combat invasive species, reduce nutrients and toxins and other projects.  

Participating swimmers are encouraged to gather pledges to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee’s work for clean, accessible water.

To register or donate to LCC, click here.

Photo by Sheila Chairvolotti.

Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake. Complete our blue-green algae monitor form if you're interested in monitoring during the 2016 season or want to attend a training session to learn more about the lake. Feel free to share this invite with other lake lovers.

Monitoring will begin the week of June 19 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.

The following monitor training sessions are free and open to the public but please pre-register to ensure we have enough space and materials. 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 any questions or would like to help organize a training session for your community.

Tuesday, June 7 at 3:00 PM
Essex Town Hall
2313 Lakeshore Rd, Essex, NY

Tuesday, June 7 at 6:00 PM
Plattsburgh Public Library 
19 Oak Street, Plattsburgh, NY

Wednesday, June 8 at 2:00 PM
Button Bay Bed and Breakfast
1224 Arnold Bay Road, Panton, VT

Thursday, June 9 at 10:15 AM *This session is part of a larger training. Monitors need only attend the blue-green algae monitoring session portion that begins at 10:15 AM.
Shelburne Town Offices
5420 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT

Thursday, June 16 at 10:15 AM *This session is part of a larger training. Monitors need only attend the blue-green algae monitoring session portion that begins at 10:15 AM.
Lake Champlain Basin Program
54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT

Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 PM
Lake Champlain Committee Office
208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VT
Pizza and refreshments will be provided. RSVPs required.

Friday, June 17 at 10:00 AM
Lake Champlain Committee Office
208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VT
RSVPs strongly encouraged.

Friday, June 17 at 12:30 PM
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
29 Tabor Road, Swanton, VT

LCC's blue-green algae monitoring program is conducted in collaboration with New York and Vermont public health and environmental agencies and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. We are grateful for funding support from LCC members, the Vermont Department of Health and the Lake Champlain Basin Program for the 2016 season. 

Stay tuned for additional clean-up days in April and May. 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.