Lake Champlain

New England News
6:30 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Invasive Spiny Water Flea Confirmed In Lake Champlain

Spiny water fleas in Lake George
Credit Emily DeBolt/Lake George Association

The Lake Champlain Basin Program confirmed late last week that the invasive spiny water flea has entered Lake Champlain. The zooplankton threatens to disrupt the food chain and could become a nuisance to anglers.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Vilsack Announces Water Quality Funding For Lake Champlain

Congressman Peter Welch (left), Senator Patrick Leahy (center) and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (right) at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain upper deck overlooking the lake.
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was at the Leahy-ECHO Center for Lake Champlain in Vermont this morning to announce accelerated funding to improve the lake’s water quality.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Lake Champlain Algae Similar To Toxic Toledo Blooms

Blue Green Algae bloom
Credit Lake Champlain International

People living along the shores of Lake Champlain are taking note of the problems Toledo, Ohio has faced with water contaminated by toxic algae. That’s because the same blue green algae appears in parts of the local lake each summer.

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North Country News
6:45 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Funding Secured From Farm Bill To Aid Water Quality Efforts

Blue green algae blooms in Mississquoi Bay
Credit Lake Champlain Basin Program photo by Larry Dupont

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that money is available from the recently enacted Farm Bill to help improve agricultural water quality in one of the problematic watersheds that drain into the Mississquoi Bay of Lake Champlain.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Petition Calls For Mandatory Pollution Prevention Practices

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Conservation Law Foundation is petitioning the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to require mandatory pollution control practices for farm runoff into one of Lake Champlain’s most problematic bays.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cold Slows Floods, But Some Areas Still Underwater

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says damage from overnight flooding Tuesday into Wednesday was wide-ranging but receding.  He warned that Lake Champlain is nearing flood stage and will continue to rise in the coming days.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Towns Support Lake Cleanup, Worry About Costs

Lake Champlain
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont League of Cities and Towns says the Lake Champlain cleanup plan is headed in the right direction, but members have concerns about how the plan will be paid for and how the state can permit municipal roads.

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North Country News
9:45 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Officials Unveil Lake Basin Plan For Southern VT

Landsat image of Lake Champlain
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is asking the public to weigh in on a new plan for protecting waters in the Southern Champlain Basin.

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North Country News
7:30 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Vermont Officials Send Lake Cleanup Plan To EPA

Credit Robert Lawton/Wikimedia Commons

Vermont officials will be sending off a plan to reduce storm-water runoff into Lake Champlain to avoid costly federal intervention.

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North Country News
10:15 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

VT Lawmakers Ponder Lake Champlain Cleanup Details

Lake Champlain
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont lawmakers are considering tax increases for rooms, meals, liquor, wine and rental vehicles as part of a funding package that would be used to help clean up Lake Champlain.

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