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Plastics are everywhere. Try shopping for household goods and not coming home with plastic products. It’s almost impossible. Plastic does not degrade easily, yet so many plastic products are designed to be thrown away. Given that, it should come as no surprise that plastics are ending up in waterways. MORE Read...

In early February the Vermont Senate passed legislation to protect Vermont shorelands. Over the summer, legislators traveled around the state and held a series of public meetings to hear concerns about the bill. MORE Read...

For the first time since 2007 Lake Champlain froze over. According to the records kept by the National Weather Service, ice cover used to be a fairly common event. View a slideshow of ice images. MORE Read...

After the lake freeze, the few pockets of open water on Lake Champlain became magnets for the winter ducks, gulls, and eagles that stuck around and braved the frigid temperatures. MORE Read...

You can view the lake year-round even when you're not lakeside with LCC's color note cards. An eight-card set includes two cards each of four different beautiful lake scenes. At $10 for members, $14 if you haven't joined yet, they're a great deal. MORE Read...

Lake Champlain isn’t the only waterbody facing excessive phosphorus loading. In February, the International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report offering scientific and policy advice to governments as they implement plans to respond to deteriorating Lake Erie water quality. MORE Read...

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) portion of Lake Champlain restoration funding was cut by over a million dollars, from $2,432,000 in 2013 to $1,399,000 for 2014. For over 20 years these annual federal appropriations have supported critical restoration, research, and monitoring programs on the lake. MORE Read...

In late November Vermont released a new “Proposal for a Clean Lake Champlain.” The public comment period for the proposal ended on January 17th. LCC and EPA were among 42 individuals and organizations to weigh in on the state plan.

LCC noted that the state “put forth a robust suite of activities that will go a long way to better managing water resources.” MORE Read...

Drugs are making their way from our medicine cabinets into our waters, and traces of pharmaceuticals have been found in the environment. Drugs may pass through our bodies unchanged or unused pills may be dumped down the toilet. Wastewater treatments systems were not designed to remove pharmaceuticals, and their ultimate environmental fate is unclear. MORE Read...

Amphibians with missing or misshapen limbs have triggered public and scientific attention and concern for over two decades. To help provide a better understanding of the extent of the problem, the USFWS conducted a nationwide-study of frog abnormalities over a ten-year period. MORE Read...

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches. The proposed regulatory changes will require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch. MORE Read...

LCC has been hard at work producing a suite of pamphlets illustrating lessons from Tropical Storm Irene. The pamphlets will soon be available on LCC’s website and we are actively seeking opportunities to present our conclusions to interested audiences. MORE Read...

While the lake bays are covered in ice and water temperatures hover in the 30s, LCC staff are looking ahead to paddling season. We'd love to see your photographs from paddling adventures, visits to trail sites, and other lake outings for use in upcoming publications. We are especially in need of shots of people having fun in and around the water. MORE Read...

Hats off to everyone who helped grow LCC's endowment by contributing to the Legacy Fund campaign! The campaign was initiated by LCC member Cliff Landesman who wanted to do something significant to celebrate his love of the lake and longstanding involvement with LCC. MORE Read...

The area of open water on Lake Champlain has been steadily closing with the frigid winter we have had. Birder Ian Worley reported that the ice front moved northward 18 miles between January 22 and January 24, from near D.A.R. State Park in Addison, Vermont to New York's Split Rock area. MORE Read...

Lake Champlain is breathtakingly beautiful. Spread that beauty around with the purchase of LCC's stunning new photo cards. An eight-card set includes two cards each of four different arresting scenes and costs $10 for members, $14 if you haven't joined yet. (Shipping and handling is extra.) MORE Read...

The state of Vermont and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a series of six meetings around the state to discuss clean-up plans for Lake Champlain. The meetings were very well attended with 60-130 people at each location. MORE Read...

The FDA recently announced that it is requiring manufacturers of anti-bacterial soaps to prove they're safe. We think that's a good idea. The active ingredient in anti-bacterial soaps does not breakdown at wastewater treatment plants so it can end up in our waters. MORE Read...

If you walk along a stream in an agricultural area it is not unusual to encounter pipes discharging water directly into it. These pipes are attached to drain systems that farmers use to lower the water table for their fields. The practice, termed tile draining, can dramatically improve crop yields on marginal fields, but its environmental impact is unclear. MORE Read...

Water conservation is something we may think about during the hot days of summer but what about winter? While we aren't watering lawns or gardens in the Champlain Valley there are still plenty of ways to cut back on water use during the chilly months. MORE Read...

A new report from the USDA offers hope that conservation practices can spread widely in a region in a relatively short period of time. The report shows that adoption of farm conservation practices in the last five years have led to significant offsets of water pollution. MORE Read...

Many thanks to everyone who has supported LCC's long-term work by making a donation to our 50th anniversary Legacy Fund endowment! We are very near our $30,000 goal! If you haven't contributed yet, please consider making a gift to the lake's future before 2013 ends. MORE Read...

Purchase LCC's stunning new photo cards and you'll get to look at the lake every day! An eight-card set includes two cards each of four different arresting scenes and costs $10 for members, $14 if you haven't joined yet. MORE Read...

Why is ice so hard and slippery? Does Lake Champlain produce lake-effect snow? Why does fog form over the lake on cold days? What is the probability that Lake Champlain will freeze over in any year? MORE Read...

Almost 20 years ago Richard Moss set up LCC's first networked computer system. He connected all our office machinery, made sense of a labyrinth of wiring, and ensured all our systems "talked to each other". He's been handling LCC's IT work pro bono ever since. MORE Read...

LCC’s work for a healthy, accessible lake depends upon the active involvement of many dedicated volunteers who lend heads, hands, and heart in a myriad of ways. As we close out 2013 the LCC Board of Directors and Staff extend our thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts in the field, on the water and out in the community. MORE Read...

Does your family enjoy a good game of Scrabble during the long winter nights? A student of lake ice formations can add such terms as frazil, nilas, and shuga to their repertoire. MORE Read...

Blue-green algae have been implicated in the development of some neurodegenerative diseases leading to headlines like, “Could tap water cause Lou Gehrig’s Disease?” or “Are toxins in seafood causing ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?” It is no surprise that many such headlines end with question marks. MORE Read...

Wish you could look at Lake Champlain every day? Now you can with a purchase of LCC's stunning new photo cards featuring beautiful vistas of our favorite lake! MORE Read...

Know someone who loves the lake? Have a good friend who you play on the water with? Express your caring for the wonderful people in your life and your concern for water quality at the same time by gifting a membership in LCC. MORE Read...