News from Selected Month

Be a part of LCC's springtime effort to remove dog doo from our sidewalks and recreation paths on April Stools Day - April 1, 2012, or anytime that suits your schedule. Pet poop contains bacteria and excess nutrients that are bad for our health and waterways. Dog doo left on hard surfaces washes into stormdrains any time the snow melts or it rains. From there it enters streams or the lake from which almost 200,000 people get their drinking water. MORE Read...

Earlier this month we reported that in February, the Vermont House passed a three-year moratorium on the gas extraction procedure known as fracking. Now that the cross-over deadline has passed, Senate and House Committees will be spending more time on bills that were passed by the opposite side. The fracking bill is currently in the Senate Natural Resources Committee and testimony will begin on Thursday, March 22. LCC supports a fracking moratorium in the Champlain watershed. MORE Read...

The proposal to install a 1,000-megawatt transmission line on the bottom of Lake Champlain to transport hydro and wind power from Canada to the New York City market continues to move forward. At the end of February the project proponent, Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI), said it had reached agreements with numerous state agencies, local governments and environmental groups on many aspects of the project. MORE Read...

Celebrate World Water Day with leaders and individuals around the globe on March 22. World Water Day has been recognized by the United Nations since 1993 as a time to focus attention on the importance of water, and advocacy for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is Water and Food security. Learn why “the world is thirsty because we are hungry” and how signing up for a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture – can reduce your water footprint and support your local community. MORE Read...

The winter of 2011-12 will go down as the second warmest on record (behind only 2001-02) in the Champlain Valley. Meteorological winter includes the months of December, January, and February. Meteorologists report that low air pressure associated with the North Atlantic portion of the Arctic Oscillation kept the jet stream from pushing south and bottled up the Arctic air masses, letting warm southern air flood our region. MORE Read...

Stylists and students from O'Briens AVEDA Institute and O'Briens' salons are teaming up to produce a fun night of hair and fashion to raise money for LCC! Students will create looks based on themes of Earth, Air, Fire and Water and dress each model from head to toe in recycled garments. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00 on Friday, April 27 at Club Venue in Colchester on Porter's Point Road. MORE Read...

Give some TLC to your body and the lake at O'Briens AVEDA Institute Spa Night. For a $20 donation you can choose up to four services from manicures and makeup to facials and massage. All the money raised will go to LCC. MORE Read...

Dan Jacobs has donated over 25 hours of his time with the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) since August 2011, assisting with organization mailings and member communication pieces. Jacobs, a Burlington, Vermont resident, began volunteering to help Lake Champlain, as well as expand his area network. “Summer is when I appreciate the lake the most, sailing near Converse Bay, swimming at Juniper Island and biking along the Causeway,” says Jacobs. MORE Read...

On a recent winter day my family was exploring some woodlands along the shore of a river near Lake Champlain. My daughter exclaimed about the huge birds in the trees on the opposite side. Three bald eagles sat regally staring out over the landscape. Bald eagles were once nearly unheard of in the skies of our region. Now, they are following in the path of osprey populations as their numbers steadily increase. MORE Read...

The Plattsburgh Press Republican recently reported that the spillway at the 90-year old Mead Dam, which supplies water for the city, does not meet state regulations and must be reconstructed. Like many places throughout the country, Plattsburgh faces an aging water supply system. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave our nation’s drinking water infrastructure a grade of D-. MORE Read...

LCC is joining with the EPA’s WaterSense Program to promote Fix a Leak Week. Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to find and fix water leaks at homes and businesses. “Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water loss in an average home every year—enough water to wash nearly ten months’ worth of laundry,” said Lori Fisher, LCC Executive Director. MORE Read...

Lake Champlain Committee Staff Scientist Mike Winslow was featured on WCAX's evening news to discuss our aging national and local water infrastructure systems. Watch the interview on our website. MORE Read...