LCC News

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...

Last month, LCC, the Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and others called for Senators to vote against the appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. Read...

Help clean up your favorite park or walking trail before spring snowmelt and rains send a lot of foul stuff to the local swimming hole. LCC is looking for community partners for our April Stools' Day eventsRead...

Like a strand of silken thread spun across an expanse of air by an ambitious spider, a river forms a line across the landscape. Its wandering path can be followed upstream, and sometimes traced to a single beginning high on a mountainside or at a spring. Read...

LCC is delighted to have ECO AmeriCorps member, Dominic Brennan, serving with us for a healthy, accessible lake! Read...

LCC is delighted to have Water Protection Advocate, Jared Carpenter, working with us for a healthy, accessible lake!  Read...

Join us at Magic Hat Brewery on February 17 for a special tapping of Wee Heavy Champ -- a beer brewed for Lake Champlain! Read...

LCBP Program Director Eric Howe will deliver a summary of the updated version of Opportunities for Action. Read...

Follow an Atlantic salmon on its journey upstream to spawn in a tributary of Lake Champlain driven by its instincts (and a pickup truck). Read...

Every month, the Vermont's Clean Water Initiative Program highlights a "Clean Water Superstar", species that help keep waters swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. This month the spotlight is on mussels, the hardworking mollusks that filter algae, bacteria, and dead organic material out of the water.  Read...

Walden Pond is a 62-acre kettle pond in sand and gravel that formed around a block of melting glacial ice about 15,000 years ago. It was here that Thoreau produced one of the first maps of an American lake bed by lowering a weighted line through winter ice. Read...

When Cory Williams moved from California to Alaska he skipped rocks across the ice-covered surface of Edmonds Lake and was wowed by the "coolest sound ever".  Read...

Vermont lakeside communities would lose $16.8 million in economic activity and 200 full-time jobs - in July and August alone - for every one-meter (three-foot) decrease in water clarity according to a study recently released by the University of Vermont and the Lake Champlain Basin ProgramRead...

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has informed Global Partners LP that an air quality renewal permit for its Albany terminals, approved more than four years ago, would be considered as a new application, which requires the department to begin the environmental review process anew. Read...

New research suggests that Lake Champlain may be more susceptible to damage from climate change than was previously understood-and that, therefore, the rules created by the EPA to protect the lake may be inadequate to prevent algae blooms and water quality problems as the region gets hotter and wetter. Read...

Earlier this month, LCC joined with the Adirondack Mountain Club, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Advocates of New York, and the City of Plattsburgh in opposition to a proposal to establish new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River. Read...

Winter brings to Lake Champlain, and to the many smaller lakes and ponds around the Lake Champlain Basin, a window into a world where the normal rules of life are suspended. Read...

Earlier this year, LCC honored Mike Kline, manager of the Rivers Program at the VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation with our Legacy Award. Read...