Summer after summer, Lake Champlain is plagued with toxic cyanobacteria blooms, also known as blue-green algae. The perfect storm of warm water, light, and excess phosphorus pollution running off from roads, rooftops, and farm fields causes these toxic blooms, which can cause skin irritation, liver damage, and perhaps even neurological disease. These toxic algae outbreaks harm our way of life as well: the next generation of Vermonters may not be able to enjoy a summer on Lake Champlain the way that their grandparents did.
You Can Help Save Lake Champlain
- Learn more about threats to Lake Champlain. Our iconic lake is under threat because of unchecked pollution.
- Email your senators and representatives. Tell your legislators that clean water is important to you — and ask what they are doing to clean up Lake Champlain.
- Join our Lakekeeper Activist Network. Keep up with our clean water advocacy in Vermont.
- Follow @loraxofthelake on Twitter. Stay up to date with my work as the Lake Champlain Lakekeeper.
- Write an op-ed to your local paper. Pick a threat to clean water and write about your concerns. Consider including the need for more funding for clean water.
- Visit the State House. Visit the Senate and House Natural Resource Committees or meet with your legislators and let them know how important clean water is to you.
- Become a CLF member. Join us to be a part of our continuing advocacy to clean up Vermont’s waterways.