Lake Champlain Lakekeeper

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#ACleanLakeStartsHere
by Anthony Iarrapino

Riding the single chair ski lift to 3637′ summit of General Stark’s Mountain at Mad River Glen is among my life’s great pleasures. The lift pulls you ever upward through the forest at treetop height. You sit comfortably in solitude soaking it all in. The experience imparts a sense of serenity that competes with the giddy anticipation of the long, fast descent that…

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Cleaning Up Lake Champlain: Real Progress At Last?
by Chris Kilian

Vermont’s green mountains, open fields, and compact villages have made the state a living example of how to balance development and a healthy environment. But Vermont stands at a crossroads. Sprawling development is paving rural landscapes and endangering our quality of life. Polluted runoff from agricultural lands and poorly planned suburban development is dumping phosphorus…

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On Irene Anniversary: Lakekeeper Looks for Lessons Learned
by Anthony Iarrapino

Next week, Vermonters will mark an anniversary many of us would rather forget.  It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the deluge of Tropical Storm Irene caused destructive flooding in much of the state.  Federal, state, and charitable organizations are still working to help the storms victims recover (the Vermont Irene…

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A Blue-Green Summer for Lake Champlain?
by Louis Porter

If the weather during the rest of the summer remains hot and calm, this year may well be remembered as one of the worst for blue-green algae bloom in recent memory on Lake Champlain. That is too bad, because it means days of ruined beach visits, vacations when kids can’t go in the water and…

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Public gets its say on Lake Champlain cleanup plan
by Louis Porter

Starting tomorrow, those concerned about Lake Champlain and interested in helping outline how to deal with nutrient pollution threatening its future will have a chance to make their opinions heard. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the help of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation, is in the process of re-writing the Lake Champlain Phosphorous Total…

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Keeping Lake Champlain Healthy, One Drawing at a Time
by Alexa McCallum

As the new school year approaches, students across New England reflect upon a summer’s worth of fun, events, and relaxation.  For many kids who live in or visit Vermont, Lake Champlain is central to summertime pleasure.  There are many ways to enjoy Champlain, thus plenty of reasons to keep it clean.  This was the idea…

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A tale of two lakes
by Anthony Iarrapino

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That opening line from Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities ran through my head last week as I had two very different experiences of Lake Champlain, the 6th largest freshwater lake in the lower 48. On Saturday, CLF participated in Burlington, Vt’s…

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Global Warming Affects World’s Largest Freshwater Lake
by Anthony Iarrapino

According to an April 2008 National Science Foundation press release discussing the findings of a Russian/American scientific collaboration, even the world’s largest freshwater lake–Siberia’s Lake Baikal–is feeling the effects of a changing climate and not in a good way.  Drawing on sixty years worth of data collected under grueling weather conditions (negative 50!) throughout the tumult…