Lake Champlain Lakekeeper

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Blue-Green Algae in the Forecast
by Rebekah Weber

So far this summer, we’ve seen an unusually high number of beach closures in Vermont. Our waters are plagued with toxic blue-green algae blooms that can cause skin irritation, liver damage, and perhaps even neurological disease. Beyond health concerns, parents report kids and pets are on the brink of mutiny from being denied access to…

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Putting a Price Tag On Clean Water
by Rebekah Weber

Vermonters are tired of polluted water. The beach closures, sick dogs, and lowered property values are an ever-growing cause for concern. And now, a recent report has found that the majority of Vermonters are willing to shell out for clean water. A team of researchers at the University of Vermont analyzed the results of two…

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Environmental Activists Mourn Lake Champlain

… At first glance, it may have looked like a rally or a protest, but those part of Thursday night’s event said the demonstration serves as a vigil for Lake Champlain. “A lot of people are very frustrated and they’re concerned,” said Rebekah Weber, Lake Keeper, Conservation Law Foundation. Read more here…

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Warning – Our Lake is Toxic
by Rebekah Weber

“Mixed condition. Watch and avoid cyanobacteria blooms.” This is the warning posted on the Vermont Department of Health’s website for Lake Champlain. When I read about beach closures, such as the one last Thursday at one of Burlington’s most popular beaches, I feel outraged, dumbfounded, horrified. How could we have let it get so far…

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Heavier Rains Are Coming – But Are Vermonters Ready?
by Rebekah Weber

It’s been a wet summer so far in Vermont. And, according to climate scientists, Vermonters should get used to it – more rainfall and even more intense storms are predicted as a result of our changing climate. But, just because we know what’s to come doesn’t mean Vermont is prepared to deal with it. To find…

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The Path to a Clean Lake Champlain is Still Unclear
by Rebekah Weber

While there’s still a long road ahead, CLF is cautiously optimistic about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new pollution limits for Lake Champlain. These new limits – also known as a Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL – dramatically reduce the amount of pollution allowed to enter the lake. The limits focus specifically on phosphorus…

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EPA Takes Big Step Toward Cleaning Lake Champlain

“Nobody should have to think twice before letting their kids swim or their dogs play in Lake Champlain, but years of neglect have taken their toll on the health and vibrancy of this vital waterbody,” said CLF Lake Champlain Lakekeeper Rebekah Weber. “Today, EPA took a big step toward addressing the rampant over-pollution and under-enforcement of our lake. While there’s still more work to be done, we are on the right track to ensuring our children will have the opportunity to enjoy and treasure Lake Champlain as we have been fortunate to do.”