LCC News

The fishhook waterflea was discovered near Valcour Island in September, making it the fifty-first known invasive species to date in Lake Champlain. The discovery was made by Plattsburgh SUNY’s Lake Champlain Research Institute (LCRI) at an established Lake Champlain Long-term Biological Monitoring Program site supported by the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Analysis of the water samples by LCRI’s Dr. Tim Mihuc and his staff confirmed high densities of over 100 individual fishhook waterfleas per sample.

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Laura Pratt is LCC’s newest ECO AmeriCorps Education & Outreach Coordinator. She joined LCC in September and picks up on the service of Dominic Brennan and Daniel Denora who preceded her in the eleven-month position. 

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This past summer I worked as a gardener, traveling from house to house to weed, mulch, plant, and trim everything in sight. One of the unfortunate realities of gardening, however, is that sometimes I would have to weed out a native milkweed – tall, gangly, and painfully obvious in a row of petunias.

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It was a sunny, crisp October morning. The rainy grey mist from the week before had cleared to reveal a stunning panorama of mountains, lake, and sand. On a beach just north of Burlington a group of volunteers, bundled in warm layers against the morning chill, were ranged in a staggered line. Those with muck boots waded through the shallow water, while the others walked along the shoreline. Every few paces each stopped to kneel and scoop up sand in a small steel sieve. They then shook away the sand, as if panning for gold, examined the contents briefly – and discarded them.

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The 2018 cyanobacteria monitoring season has come to a close! Read the final report of 2018 to see the season statistics, learn about recent lake phenomena and find ways to stay involved until next year! Thank you to everyone who helped make this another successful monitoring season! Read...

On August 18 of this year, a man fishing for channel catfish in Lake Champlain’s South Bay reeled in a record-breaking longnose gar instead. The big fish was 52 and ¼ inches long and weighed in at 14 pounds 10 ounces, besting the 1999 New York state record by one and a half pounds. 

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Despite cooler, windy weather, blooms still showed up in parts of Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog during the week. While cooler temperatures may cause blooms to dissipate, the same weather can stimulate blooms in other lakes. Read...

Blooms showed up in the Inland Sea, Main Lake Central, St. Albans Bay and Missisquoi Bay sections of Lake Champlain and several inland lakes this week. Cooler, windy weather blew into the region late in the week providing a welcome change in temperature. Read...

Blooms showed up in many sections of Lake Champlain and at inland lakes as well, keeping monitors busy. Sincere thanks for the diligent reporting and a special shout out to interested citizens who took the time to do some online training about cyanobacteria and report in about conditions observed. We greatly appreciate your efforts! Read...

Monitors reported generally safe conditions from most Lake Champlain and inland waterways during the past week, however blooms were observed in St. Albans Bay, the Inland Sea and Missisquoi Bay and on several smaller waterways. While many people think of cyanobacteria blooms as a summer phenomenon, they can also persist in the fall. In fact, this weekend’s cooler temperatures may trigger turn over in some of our smaller lakes and ponds. Read...

Read about recent water news in the Champlain Basin and find out about upcoming events in the Summer's Wane E-news! Read...

It’s been another busy week of monitoring with 121 reports filed for Lake Champlain and inland lake locations. While good conditions persisted at most locations, blooms did show up on some inland lakes and on all sections of Lake Champlain except for the South Lake. Please be mindful that conditions can change rapidly. Read...

“This report helps the public to interpret information about the Lake using the best scientific data available. Lake managers use this information to develop and assess strategies for improving water quality in Lake Champlain,” said Dr. Eric Howe, LCBP Director. “In the 2018 report, we provide updated information on the many issues facing Lake Champlain.”  Read...

Hats off to the great group of dedicated cyanobacteria monitoring volunteers who are reporting on water quality from over 100 Lake Champlain shoreline locations and inland lakes. LCC has trained nearly 300 individuals this season to identify cyanobacteria, including state and municipal recreational staff and water treatment system operators. Read...

Sand and waves, suntan lotion, bathing suits, a child’s plastic pail and shovel for building castles. Spending a day at the beach is a long standing summer tradition, but did you ever wonder why there aren’t more beaches? Why do beaches form along some coves on Lake Champlain but not others?  Read...

Clear water was generally reported this week from most sections of Lake Champlain, with the exception of several alert level conditions observed by monitors in northern sections of the lake like the Inland Sea, St. Albans Bay and Missisquoi Bay. Conditions have been changing daily at some locations, so please keep a watchful eye and use the links and resources in this email to learn ways to recognize and report on cyanobacteria. Read...

While good conditions were primarily reported this week, blooms popped up in many sections of the lake and at some inland lakes. As of late afternoon Friday (8/17/18) we received 120 reports from Lake Champlain and inland lake sites. Scroll down to see pictures of the filamentous green algae scums that were showing up in some areas of the lake. People often confuse decaying green algae with cyanobacteria. Read...

From July 18 to August 16, a stretch of 29 days, the daily high temperature in Burlington, Vermont never fell below 80 degrees F. The streak eclipsed the previous record for consecutive days over 80 by four days. Keep in mind, the streak of hot days began AFTER temperatures climbed into the 90s for six straight days earlier in July. During that heat streak the region set another record, the highest ever daily low temperature of 80 degrees. Read...

A 2013 report identified stand-up paddling as the outdoor sport with the most first-time participants in the United States that year. Though variations of stand-up paddling have been around for centuries, the current craze began in the early 2000’s. At that time, Hawaiian surfers brought the sport to California. Stand-up paddling proved to be an easier entry point for novices to the surfing world and rapidly grew in popularity, spreading throughout the country and to inland waters like Lake Champlain.

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Yet another busy week of monitoring as alert level conditions were reported from several Lake Champlain locations and inland lakes. A large bloom was observed at the Rock River near Morses Line, Vermont on the VT/Quebec border and also in the Saxtons River Recreation Area in Rockingham, VT. There’s stagnant warm water in rivers across the region due to the lack of rain. Please spread the word that blooms aren’t restricted to lakes and ponds, they can be found in rivers as well. Read...