Lake Champlain

Plattsburgh city marina, July 2016
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh is working on expanding its marina on the Lake Champlain waterfront.  The Common Council addressed two items on its agenda Thursday night that will move the plans forward.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A Vermont dairy farm is taking a novel approach to reducing polluted runoff into Lake Champlain by spinning its manure in a centrifuge to remove some of the phosphorus.

Lake Champlain
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The state of Vermont is seeking public input on a plan to clean up Lake Champlain by reducing the amount of phosphorous and other pollutants that reach the lake.

Mouth of a sea lamprey
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Vermont officials are trying to adapt to a tougher drinking water standard for a chemical used to fight the sea lamprey, a parasitic eel that has hurt fish populations in Lake Champlain.

Lt. John Fitzpatrick launches
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A multi-state, international Homeland Security training, water quality and boating enforcement exercise is under way on Lake Champlain.

Dr. Eric Howe
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission/Lake Champlain Basin Program

In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.

On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland.  Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.

Mayor's Cup 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta is the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain.  But this year, high winds and rain lowered some sails and cancelled many shore events.

Carolyn Kennedy
Texas A&M University

Lake Champlain has a long nautical history.  Early Native Americans used birch bark canoes on the lake.  Then warships plied the waters during the Revolutionary War. Later, the age of commerce brought ferries and steamboats, and now recreational sailing is popular. But over the centuries, many ships have sunk in the lake’s deep waters. Carolyn Kennedy, a PhD student at Texas A&M University, has been researching steamboat wrecks for the past three years.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has notified Vermont officials that they will sign off on the state's plan to clean up Lake Champlain.

Blue Green Algae bloom
Lake Champlain International

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the phosphorus pollution limits for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what the limits mean for the lake.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new $20 million federal grant will bring together scientists from a number of Vermont colleges and universities to study what makes some sections of the Lake Champlain watershed more resilient after extreme weather events.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Scientists from a number of Vermont colleges and universities will be using a $20 million federal grant to study what makes some sections of the Lake Champlain watershed bounce back faster than others after extreme weather events.

Lakeside Apartment flooding, Spring 2011
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In the spring of 2011, Lake Champlain reached record high levels and historic flooding occurred.  In Plattsburgh, a low-income housing complex along the lakeshore was condemned.  On Monday, the Plattsburgh City Planning Board approved plans to redevelop the 3-point-3 acre property.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Farms in northwestern Vermont may have to abide by certain practices to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain under a decision released by the state's agriculture secretary.

Drops of water
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the five-year cost of cleaning up Vermont waters is about $154 million. But as WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, regional officials say the federal agency is underestimating costs.

Photo of Lake Brite
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Do you remember Lite-Brite? The toy with small colored plastic pegs that create illuminated designs on a light board?  Well scientists and designers have taken the concept to a new level. They’ve created a display at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain to visually display data about the lake.

Anbaric Transmission

The floor of Lake Champlain is quickly becoming a highway for transmission lines to bring renewable energy to metropolitan areas of the Northeast.  A new project to bring wind power from New York to New England through the lake was announced this week.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

The final draft plan setting Lake Champlain’s allowable phosphorus levels is set to be released on Friday.  The EPA and the state of Vermont have set a series of public meetings at the end of the month to discuss the plan.

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Every three years the Lake Champlain Basin Program releases a report assessing the quality of Lake Champlain’s waters.  The latest report indicates that despite continued efforts to lower phosphorus levels, they continue to increase.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

Environmental groups from New York and Vermont met at a wildlife management area adjacent to a rail line today to release a report detailing the threats of tar sands oil transport through the region. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, environmentalists say new response plans issued by New York State this week are only a start.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Another sign that spring is really here: The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says ferry service between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York is preparing to resume.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont, New York and the government of Quebec have renewed an agreement that continues a partnership designed to protect Lake Champlain.

Lake Agreement Renewed

Mar 23, 2015
Lake Champlain (file photo)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

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Vermont, New York and Quebec renewed a pact on Monday to preserve Lake Champlain and its watershed.

Ferry service between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York, has been suspended because of heavy ice on Lake Champlain.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont business leaders, environmental officials and elected officials are sharing a common message on cleaning up the state's waters — especially Lake Champlain: Everyone needs to chip in.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont officials have outlined new steps to address agricultural pollution in Lake Champlain that emphasize stewardship and enhanced accountability.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont's top officials say legal enforcement of water quality rules on the state's farmers is going to be one of the tools that will be used to help clean up Lake Champlain.

Special Olympics NY

During this past summer’s Mayor’s Cup sailboat race in Plattsburgh, Burlington’s mayor lost a friendly bet against mayor of Plattsburgh. He settled it by jumping into the cold waters of Lake Champlain this past weekend.

Blue Green Algae bloom
Lake Champlain International

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will study the possibility of creating a cap-and-trade system to reduce the amount of phosphorous pollution that runs into Lake Champlain from rivers and streams.

TDI New England

Developers of project to bring a 1,000-megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont  answered questions about residents concerned about how the underwater portion of the cable could affect the lake.

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