Lake Champlain

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We Need to Fully Fund Clean Water in Vermont Now
by Rebekah Weber

Money has been a big part of the clean water conversation at the Vermont State House this year. In January, State Treasurer Beth Pearce put a price tag of $62 million per year for the next 20 years on the efforts needed to reach our clean water goals. A week later, Governor Phil Scott announced that…

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Guest Blog: Why I Care about the Health of Lake Champlain
by Conservation Law Foundation

Richard Butz is a boater, boat builder, and water lover who lives in Bristol, Vermont. Richard has advocated for our waterways for years, including as co-founder of the Buffalo Maritime Center, former board member and chair of the Buffalo Niagara River Keeper, and current board member of the Addison, Vermont, River Watch Collaborative. Why should…

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Guest Blog: Water, Water, Everywhere
by Conservation Law Foundation

Eric Neilsen is a photographer and environmentalist living in Castleton, VT.  He served as an advanced water quality monitor volunteer with Texas stream team. Learn more at www.canoeadventures.net As I begin to explore paddling opportunities available to me from my new home in Castleton, Vermont, I am truly optimistic that the huge piles of trash that…

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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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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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Final Guidelines For Lake Champlain Phosphorus Pollution Levels Issued

… Vermont set phosphorus pollution levels for Lake Champlain in 2002.  The EPA reopened the TMDL limits in 2011 in response to a lawsuit filed in 2008 by the Conservation Law Foundation questioning the calculations.  CLF is the host organization for Lake Champlain LakeKeeper Rebekah Weber. Read more here…