LCBP Casin' the Basin E-News


February 2010 | Issue #11



Love the Lake 2010 Speaker Series On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to join us and these speakers for homemade desserts, tea, coffee and lively conversations about Lake Champlain.


The LCBP office is in the stone house at 54 West Shore Road in Grand Isle, Vermont-just a short walk from the LCT ferry. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Implications for Lake Champlain's Fisheries, An Angler's Perspective
Mickey Maynard, President, Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Aquatic Insects - More Than Just Fish Food?
Dr. Declan McCabe, Associate Professor of Biology, Saint Michael's College

Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices From the Adirondack Park
Jon Erickson, Associate Professor, UVM, Managing Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Ross Whaley, former Chairman Adirondack Park Agency, Emeritus President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Thursday, March 25 , 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
William H. Miner and the Making of Heart's Delight Farm
Dr. Joseph Burke, former Chairman of Miner Institute and former President of SUNY Plattsburgh, Sr. Fellow Rockefeller Institute of Government

For more info contact the LCBP at 800-468-5227.



Lake Champlain Basin Program Progress 2009 Annual Report The Lake Champlain Basin Program's Progress 2009 Annual Report summarizes accomplishments throughout the 2009 fiscal year in the Program's technical, education and outreach, and cultural heritage and recreation initiatives. The support of Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) and our entire Congressional delegation for our funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service and International Joint Commission (IJC) makes these programs possible. Additional partnerships with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission support critical pollution remediation and aquatic nuisance species spread prevention efforts.


Program highlights for 2009 include:


  • Awarding $490,000 in grants to local nonprofits and communities for projects that implement the Lake Champlain management plan. Since 1992, the LCBP has awarded more than $3.60 million to 678 projects in New York and Vermont.
  • Monitoring the water quality at fifteen Lake stations and eighteen major tributaries to inform both Lake science and public health advisories for blue-green algae.
  • Approving a rapid response plan to contain and potentially eradicate new invasive plants and animals as they are detected in or near the Lake Champlain watershed.
  • Informing nearly 7,000 boaters about preventing the spread of invasive species at popular launches through our "Lake Stewards" program.
  • Implementing 30 nutrient management plans on Vermont farms in the most critically impaired region of the watershed.
  • Preparing educators to teach lake science and stewardship to 800 students through the "Watershed for Every Classroom" workshops.
  • Completing preliminary plans for the Champlain Valley Heritage Partnership, of which the LCBP has been named managing entity.
  • Supporting the 2009 voyage of the Lois McClure, which brought cultural heritage appreciation and stewardship messages to more than 25,000 people and providing extensive support to the 2009 "Quadricentennial" events in New York and Vermont communities.


The full report is available online at:



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Grand Isle, VT 05458

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