Lake Champlain Lakekeeper

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EPA Finalizes Lake Champlain Pollution Targets With Increased Accountability Measures

… In 2008, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) filed a federal lawsuit that said pollution targets set in 2002 weren’t good enough. “We felt like it was insufficient for protecting the health of the lake,” says Conservation Law Foundation Staff Attorney Elena Mihaly. “The court found in our favor and there was a settlement agreement,and the…

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Vermont’s Water is Still Really Gross…
by Rebekah Weber

We’re working on it. Last year, Vermont passed a clean water law to help cut down on the pollution and erosion that harms our rivers and lakes. Its enactment is none too soon as the changing climate is only heightening our water woes with increased rainfall and rising temperatures. This new law – Act 64…

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The Hidden Source of Water Pollution Underneath our Farm Fields
by Rebekah Weber

For the average New Englander, tile drainage is not a topic that’s going to keep you up at night. But in fact, this mundane-sounding subject is awash in controversy – and how that controversy gets resolved is vitally important to everyone who cares about clean water in our region. Tile drains are used by farmers…

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After Feedback From Small Farms, State Delays New Water Quality Standards

… Rebekah Weber, the Lake Champlain Lakekeeper at the Conservation Law Foundation, says CLF also is disappointed by the delay. Weber says the organization will use the extended timeline to push for more stringent Required Agricultural Practices. “The RAP’s list of authorized activities in buffer zones, for example, including grazing, fertilizer application and harvesting, we…

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Efforts to Restore Lake Champlain

CLF’s decades-long push to clean up and restore Lake Champlain has led to iconic victories for the lake. Here are just a few of our recent victories: CLF’s Pollution Budget Lawsuit Influencing Vermont’s Clean Water Act Best Management Practices Program Pushing for Sustainable Agriculture Community Outreach

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Threats to Clean Water in Lake Champlain

CLF is working to address the threats to Lake Champlain and waterways across New England, including: Excessive Nutrients Excessive nutrients, namely phosphorus and nitrogen, have impaired Lake Champlain. Washing off farm fields, roads, parking lots, and eroded stream banks, these nutrients enter the lake and overfeed algal populations, resulting in toxic blue-green algae blooms. Blooms…

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Lake Champlain Legal History

Background Based on the Vermont Water Quality Standards, Lake Champlain is a Class B water and has the designated uses of drinking water, irrigation, swimming, boating, fishing, and wildlife habitat. However, excessive phosphorus has impaired the lake and limited its use. Under the federal Clean Water Act, Vermont is required to submit a pollution budget –…