The international organization that deals with issues in the Lake Champlain area is working to design a study to find ways to reduce future flooding in the lake and the Canadian river that drains it.The International Joint Commission was created by the governments of the United States and Canada more than a century ago to manage waterways in both countries.
Sociologist Robert Bartholomew joins us to talk about his work which takes journalists to task for sloppy reporting and criticizes local tourist bureaus for their singular focus on Champ Dollars.
His book, The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America's Loch Ness Monster (Excelsior Editions) presents the most complete history of Champ from Native American lore to the modern-day monster hunters.
A Lake Champlain cruise boat is getting a new home on another Vermont lake.The boat Northern Star was taken out of the water Monday in Burlington and moved by truck to Newport on Tuesday where it is waiting to move into its new home, Lake Memphremagog.Owner-Captain Chris Johansen formerly captained the Newport Princess, a small tour boat on Lake Memphremagog.The Caledonian Record reports Johansen worked for other tour lines on Lake Champlain before deciding to bring a large charter cruise boat to Newport.
A Vermont company has signed a deal to build a natural gas pipeline under Lake Champlain to transport fuel to a New York paper plant.Vermont Gas says the line to International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y., is to be completed within three years.The deal is costing the plant $70 million. It will need state and federal permits.
A report prepared for the Lake Champlain Basin Program has found encouraging drops in mercury and PCB contamination in the lake.