Friends of Northern Lake Champlain has three area of focus for accomplishing our goal of restoring Lake Champlain. All three areas work together to reduce polluted run-off into our rivers, streams, and shores that border end up in Lake Champlain.
Our first area of focus has been on increasing the funding necessary for on the ground implementation projects that filter and infiltrate water into the ground. We have been working with the dairy farming community for 7 years on increasing cover crops, building edge of field water and sediment control basins, and improving field gully erosion with the adoption of conservation practices, such as strip cropping, grassed waterways, and riparian buffers.
Within the last few years, we have expanded our projects into Municipal stormwater identification, prioritization, and implementation. We are in the process of developing stormwater mapping and conceptual plans for the towns of Alburgh, St. Albans Town, and Franklin. Our work in Swanton Village and Swanton Town, the Village of Enosburg Falls and Enosburg Town, Georgia, Highgate, Fairfield, and Sheldon have led to prioritization of funding and greater understanding and implementation of green infrastructure projects.
Funding for these projects is possible through the Clean Water Act 319 Funding, Ecosystem Restoration Program and the Agency of Agriculture.
For the past 12 years, the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain has been actively involved in engaging state agencies, elected officials, businesses, municipalities, landowners, and the public in discussing and addressing the problems facing our water resources in the Northern Lake. With our focus on scientific evidence and working with the professionals that understand the issues, we are committed to bringing divergent stakeholders together to come up with solution based strategies in our watershed.
Public Education and Involvement
We have a series of public events, which serve a varying mixture of educational, fundraising and social purposes. Our calendar of events is updated regularly on this website. Some of our most popular events include our Annual Tyler Place Dinner and Lake Discussion, our Bike for the Lake in June and our Run for the Lake in September. We also host a summer BBQ and annual meeting. This year we are partnering with the Missisquoi River Basin Association and Franklin Watershed Association to host a Missisquoi River Public Caucus. We host 2 Annual Farmer’s Meeting, one in the winter and one in the summer. They are designed to bring farmers, policy makers, government agencies, and lake shore property owners together to educate and discuss ideas and technologies used in conservation practices.