News, Information & Interesting Reports

  • Issues and Solutions to Diffuse Pollution – select papers from the 14th Annual Conference on Diffuse Pollution.
  • Stormwater Mapping Project – In collaboration with the State of Vermont and Stone Environmental, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain embarked on an ambitious project to identify, classify and prioritize stormwater issues in 6 Franklin County Municipalities last year.  We have produced reports for the Towns of Georgia, Swanton Village, Town of Swanton, Town of Enosburg, The Village of Enosburg Falls, Highgate, Fairfield, and Sheldon.  This year we are will be mapping Alburg, St. Albans Town, and Franklin.  The list of projects identified are an active guidebook for projects that can be done by the Municipalities, the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, and Regional Planning.  If you would like to see any of these reports, please contact directorfnlc@gmail.com.
  • Critical Source Areas for Phosphorus – “Critical sources areas” contribute a disproportionate share of phosphorus pollution to the waterways, most of which eventually finds its way into Lake Champlain.  Stone Environmental, Inc published a report in Dec 2011 for the Lake Champlain Basin Program with the long title of  “Identification of Critical Source Areas of Phosphorus within the Vermont Sector of the Missisquoi Bay Basin.”  This study provides new information that shows that for phosphorus coming from the land;
  • 6% is from developed land and road systems
  • 30% is from undeveloped land, with the majority of that coming from forests
  • 64% is from agricultural sources

(The above ratios do not include phosphorus coming from in-stream erosion).  Click here for a link to the maps.

  • Sources of Pollution –   An Analysis of Policy Options for P Control in the Lake Champain Basin (2). We expect to have clean water in our rivers and lakes, and we should expect that. But we don’t have clean water in our rivers and lakes. The rivers are carrying phosphorus and sediment into Lake Champlain and other lakes, causing problems with algae blooms and excessive weed growth.  Sediment and nutrients wash off the lands in the watershed and are carried down the streams and rivers into the lakes. There are other water quality issues, such as invasive species and habitat protection, but most of the focus on Lake Champlain is on the reduction of phosphorus and sediment because these have by far the greatest impact on water quality in the Lake.  Following is a link to a report done in 2004 that outlines specific policies that could be adopted to reduce phosphorous from our watershed.  It is difficult to imagine that a decade has slipped away and most (if any of these) have been implemented.

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