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Friends of Northern Lake Champlain is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to improve water quality in Lake Champlain. We work collaboratively with local communities, farmers, government, lake associations, regional planning, and policy developers to reduce polluted land use runoff into Lake Champlain. We need your help to continue our work. Click here to learn even more about our organization.


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Climate Resilience (Part 5)

Climate Resilience (Part 5)

After all of the land based workshops on resilience in our watershed, the final workshop took an economic development direction that enabled us to hear about the Climate Economy and ways that we can thrive in a changing climate.  Paul Costello, the Executive Director of the Vermont Council and Rural Development (VCRD) and spearhead of… Read more →

Climate Resilience (Part 4)

Climate Resilience (Part 4)

This workshop focused on land development and conservation and we were fortunate to have Joshua Swartz the Executive Director of the Mad River Valley Planning District join us.  This organization is a unique three-town planning entity developed by the towns of Fayston, Waitsfield, and Warren and Sugarbush Resort to carry out a program of planning… Read more →

Climate Resilience (Part 3)

Climate Resilience (Part 3)

Agriculture is a large part of our built environment in Northwest, Vermont and we wanted to get a better understanding of how agriculture is being affected by climate change and how agriculture is a critical sector that could help us be more resilient to the impacts of climate change. In order to discuss these topics… Read more →

Climate Resilience (Part 2)

Climate Resilience (Part 2)

Our second workshop in June focused on transportation infrastructure and how infrastructure decisions should be made in relation to increasing rain fall in our region. Historically, we have created a built environment along our rivers and streams. That environment has recently been threatened by its proximity to waterways and the increasing velocity and power of… Read more →

Climate Resilience (Part 1)

Climate Resilience (Part 1)

The Watershed Navigators of Northwest Vermont, a newly formed coalition of watershed groups, Regional Planning, the St. Albans Cooperative, and State and Federal Agencies have been working together on framing watershed issues in relation to the changing climate/weather that is impacting our waterways. Our intent is to better understand together the factors that are contributing… Read more →

Rugg Brook River Cleanup

Rugg Brook River Cleanup

On a gorgeous Saturday morning in the midst of autumn, two dedicated VT ECOAmeriCorps members skipped out on a typical weekend morning off to venture out to Rugg Brook, located in the middle of the commercial district of St. Albans.  The purpose of the visit was to conduct a cleanup in a 200-meter section of… Read more →