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March 2010 | Issue #12

In This Issue

Grants Awarded

Love the Lake March 25th

Seeking Research Proposals

Register for Research Conference

Grant Results Online

Register for Educator Workshops

Lake Stewards

VT CAC Action Plan

Go P-Free This Spring!


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storm drain markerTwenty-two local organizations and towns were recently awarded a total of $135,778 in grants for projects that will benefit the Lake Champlain watershed. Over $550,000 in funds were requested, demonstrating that there is a strong need and interest for local projects. Grants were awarded in four categories: aquatic invasive species/pollution prevention, organizational support, education, and pollution reduction on small farms in the Missisquoi and St. Albans Bay basins.  


Among the many projects funded through this year's grants are the following: a river steward for New York's tri-lakes region, a storm water retrofit at the Essex County fairgrounds, storm drain markers in the Lake George and Southern Lake Champlain region, a youth environmental stewardship project, and riparian corridor enhancement for Allen Brook in Williston. The small farm pollution reduction grant was awarded to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD). VACD will work with eight farms in the Missisquoi and St. Albans Bay basins that have agreed to install pollution prevention measures such as roof drains, laneways and manure pit repairs. View the news release for a list of the new grants awarded. Since 1992, the LCBP has awarded nearly $3.75 million. Visit our grants database to learn about previously awarded grants.


Image: An LCBP grant will help the Lake Champlain-Lake George RPB mark storm drains in the Lake George and Southern Lake Champlain region.           


Love the Lake Speaker Series On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., you are invited to join us and this speaker 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, VT--just a short walk from the LCT ferry. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE.


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


Learn more about Heart's Delight Farm on the LCBP's Wayside Exhibit website.





The LCBP is seeking research proposals for two new projects that will support the goal of reducing phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, described in the Lake Champlain management plan, Opportunities for Action. Detailed RFPs for both of these projects are posted at or contact the LCBP at (802) 372-3213.

  • Road drainage network impacts to Lake Champlain water quality [posted 3/3/10]
    The LCBP seeks proposals for a study to quantify the loadings from priority pollutants to Lake Champlain, including phosphorus and sediments. Output generated from this project will allow the award recipient to quantify the total phosphorus and sediment load that is contributed by a roadside drainage network in a targeted sub-watershed within the Lake Champlain Basin. The award recipient will use these findings to qualitatively assess the impact of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce sedimentation and nutrients entering roadside waterways. Funding for this RFP is from the US EPA. Up to $100,000 is available for this project. Proposals are due on May 3, 2010. 
  • Climate change projections and impact on the hydrologic regime of Lake Champlain tributaries [posted 3/9/10] 
    The LCBP is seeking proposals for an expert review of established climate change projections and anticipated consequent changes in the hydrologic regimes (timing and amount of water flow) of major tributaries that flow to Lake Champlain. Because tributary phosphorus load is closely related to the hydrologic regime of tributaries, this project will support the goal of reducing phosphorus pollution. Outcomes of the project must anticipate likely changes to the hydrologic regime within the Lake Champlain basin and relate these changes to stormwater designs. Up to $64,000 is available for this study. Funding for this RFP is from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Proposals are due on May 7, 2010.




Vermont DEC staff taking sediment samples from Lake Champlain.Registration is now open for the "Our Lake, Our Future" conference on June 7-8, 2010. Sponsored by the Lake Champlain Research Consortium (LCRC) and LCBP, the conference will be held at UVM's Davis Center. Sessions will focus on nutrients, toxins and pathogens, fish communities, plankton, social sciences, watershed and land use, and the physical and chemical attributes of the Lake. The goal of this conference is to bring the research community together to share knowledge, identify needs, and enhance communication and collaboration among disciplines. Keynote presentations will focus on the economic value of natural resources and the effects of climate change on fisheries in the Lake Champlain Basin and will be open to the public. Early-bird registration by May 1st is $50.00/person. Visit to register. Contact Doug Facey at for more information


Image: Vermont DEC staff taking sediment samples from Lake Champlain. LCBP Photo.





European FrogbitSince 1992, the LCBP has awarded nearly $3.75 million to local projects, many of which provide information useful to other sub-basins. In order to facilitate information exchange among watershed groups, the LCBP maintains an online database of abstracts and contact information for all grants at Two recent grants with final products of basin-wide interest are the Lewis Creek Association's European frogbit removal project and the South Burlington Stormwater Services' stormwater disconnection program.
Outside of Lake Champlain only two other Vermont waters are known to have invasive European frogbit plants. This final report for this project provides details prevention and harvesting strategies and activities for all Vermont waters that could be used by other municipalities. Download the report at
Working with property owners to reduce polluted runoff is an important part of nonpoint source reduction strategies in the watershed. Recently, the amount of rooftop runoff connected to the drainage system in South Burlington was determined and educational materials about home improvements were mailed to all residents. Download the educational brochure and learn more about the project at Additional information created through this grant is also online at


Image: The European Frogbit plant in bloom. Photo by Christian Fisher.





"A Watershed for Every ClassroomA Watershed for Every Classroom" is a year-long professional development experience for educators in the Lake Champlain Basin (Vermont, New York and Quebec), brought to you by the Champlain Basin Education Initiative. It offers teachers inspiration, knowledge and skills to frame exciting place-based curriculum and teach lake science and stewardship. Workshops will be held in July and October 2010 and February and May 2011.
The course fee is $400, payable during the course. Teachers will receive $100 for classroom resources and an opportunity to apply for a $200 mini-grant. Five optional graduate credits are available for an additional $1,000 from St. Michael's College. Visit for more details or contact Colleen Hickey at




Lake Champlain Lake StewardSeven LCBP Lake Stewards were stationed at heavily used Vermont and New York boat launches from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2009. They greeted lake users, collected basic survey information and conducted courtesy invasive species inspections on 6,729 boats. Of the 572 organisms collected during voluntary inspections, 326 were identified as aquatic invasive species. About 4.8% of the total inspections resulted in removal of an aquatic invasive species from a boat or trailer. LCBP Lake Stewards also staffed information tables at fishing derbies and other events throughout the region. The LCBP plans to hire up to eight Lake Stewards for the 2010 season. For more information about LCBP invasive species programs visit or contact Meg Modley at

Image: A Lake Steward discusses ways to prevent the spread of invasive species with a boater at Wilcox Dock in Plattsburgh, NY. Photo by LCBP.





VT CAC Lake Champlain Action PlanThe Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) recently released its 2010 Action Plan. The document, which is available in both English and French, lists thirteen actions recommended by the CAC for Lake Champlain management. Top priorities for 2010 are:

  • Endorse the recommended ten "next steps" in the revised 2010 Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Implementation Plan.
  • Support consistent sea lamprey control measures, including non-chemical options and research on non-target species of special concern.
  • Evaluate a pilot program that promotes livestock exclusion with the use of single and double strand electric fencing. If success is uncertain by 2012, introduce legislation requiring mandatory fencing.

The Action Plan is available on the LCBP website at For more information on the VT CAC, contact Michaela Stickney, Vermont Lake Champlain Coordinator, at (802) 241-3619 or





blue lineDo you have friends and family with that "perfect" lawn? Spread the word about using phosphorus-free (P-free) fertilizers to them. Established lawns rarely need phosphorus and the Lake definitely does not need more of it! More than 50 stores in the Lake Champlain watershed now carry phosphorus-free (P-free) fertilizers. Visit for a list and if you don't see it at your local store, ask your retailer to carry it. The Lawn to Lake partnership provides free outreach materials for retailers to help their customers grow beautiful and Lake-friendly lawns.


Image: A "zero" in the middle indicates phosphorus free. Most lawns in this region only need nitrogen applied in the fall.





LCBP LogoMain Office in Grand Isle:


54 West Shore Road

Grand Isle, VT 05458

(802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227 (toll-free in NY & VT)


LCBP Resource Room: The Resource Room at The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (top floor of ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center) is open to the public seven days/week. Call (802) 864-1848 ext. 109 for more information.