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State seeks feedback, ideas to clean up waterways

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Whether it’s a favorite swimming hole, an iconic stream running through town, or a fishing spot along the shores of Lake Champlain, every Vermonter has a connection to the state’s many lakes, ponds, wetlands and streams. Each resident can also play a meaningful role cleaning up Vermont’s polluted waterways.

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Proposed per-parcel fee could pay for lake cleanup

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Mike Polhamus of VTDigger.org



VERMONT — Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, has proposed legislation that would fund programs with a per-parcel fee.

The Legislature last spring asked a working group made up of members of Gov. Phil Scott’s cabinet to find a long-term funding source for phosphorus reduction efforts.

In a report released Tuesday, Scott administration officials failed to find a way to pay for Lake Champlain cleanup and suggest that a new revenue source should not be identified until after fiscal year 2021. Scott, a Republican, ran on a no new taxes pledge.

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Diving deep: Tenth shipwreck added to recreational dives in Lake Champlain

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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In Lake Champlain, 100 feet down in the dark and chilly waters of Shelburne Bay, the U.S. La Vallee tugboat sits upright and in nearly perfect condition. Aside from the windows, blown out from air pressure upon the boat’s sinking 80-plus years ago, it is completely intact, with its original paint and a readable steel plaque that lists details about its unique steam-powered engine.

Chris Sabick, archaeological director at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, dove on the shipwreck after it was found in 1996.

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Diamond Island Regatta to benefit Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Posted on July 31, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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CHARLOTTE, — Many of the top sailors and fastest boats on Lake Champlain will be taking part Aug. 19 in the 2017 Diamond Island Regatta, hosted by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina.

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Maritime Museum launches lake tour to deliver history of canals

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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FERRISBURGH — Lake Champlain Maritime Museum officials are used to receiving a lot of visitors who spend hours perusing the LCMM’s many exhibits in Ferrisburgh that capture the storied history and environmental essence of the lake and its tributaries.

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UVM Study: Lake Champlain is getting saliter

Posted on April 20, 2017 |
By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org



Lake Champlain is growing increasingly salty, and researchers say winter snow maintenance is the likely culprit, according to a new study published April 10.

Salt in the lake can promote the spread of blue-green algae, according to scientists.

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Man pulled from icy waters of Lake Champlain

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — A Charlotte man was pulled from the frigid waters of Lake Champlain near the shores in Ferrisburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Vermont State Police report that Daniel Doyle, 74, was walking on a section of ice approximately 10-15 feet from shore in Town Farm Bay, north of Long Point just off Annex Road. A little before 1:45 p.m., the area of ice that Doyle was walking on broke away, and he became partially submerged in open water.

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Scientist explains how Lake Champlain became so polluted

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Elaine Ezerins (St. Albans Messenger)



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ST. ALBANS — There are six key factors over the course of history that brought Lake Champlain to the point of impairment and at which the state needed legislation to address water quality issues, according to Mike Winslow, a staff scientist for Lake Champlain Committee for over 15 years.

Winslow, who was at one time an environmental education teacher at Keewaydin Environmental Education Center, last month spoke about the history of the Lake Champlain watershed and how water quality reached its current levels at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in St. Albans.

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Input sought on restoring Lake Champlain

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont is seeking comments on a draft implementation plan for the restoration of Lake Champlain. The plan, titled “Vermont Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Phase 1 Implementation Plan,” outlines actions the state must take to reduce phosphorus pollution sources that currently compromise state waters.

The Phase 1 Implementation Plan and additional information on Lake Champlain’s restoration effort is posted online at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/restoring.

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Lake ecology course to be offered for curious minds

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



CROWN POINT, N.Y. — A free short course on Lake Champlain’s aquatic ecology will be offered Aug. 29 and 30 at the Crown Point Historic Site in Crown Point, N.Y.

The class will run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, and from 5:30-9 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the site’s museum theater. Participants may attend either or both sessions. A light supper will be served.

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