The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) is a non-profit organization that acts to clean the waters of northern Lake Champlain and its watershed by working collaboratively with citizens, businesses, farmers, and government to reduce land-use pollution.
Our Action Plan in 2020 will be the following:
Work with the local agricultural community to facilitate their interaction with all partners (Federal, State, and local) in understanding and adopting best management practices to improve the watershed’s waterways.
Assist interested individual farm owners with the grant application process and management of water quality improvement project construction.
Assist lakeshore owners on improving their shoreline to reduce phosphorous and sediment loading into Lake Champlain by collaborating with the LakeWise Program, Department of Environmental Conservation.
Work with newly created Clean Water Service Providers to aid Franklin and Grand Isle County municipalities and landowners in identifying and remediating stormwater issues.
Collaborate with other local non-profit clean water organizations to enhance the benefit of our organizations to our community.
Provide local, place-based watershed education to our communities including schools, lakeshore owners and municipalities by partnering with other groups like St. Albans Museum, Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Vermont National Resources Conservation (USDA NRCS) and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM).
Combine fundraising events with educational outreach and public advocacy to inform participants about lake water quality issues and continue our “ALL-IN” policy.
Success on these action steps will be determined by evaluation of our ongoing and new projects and our interaction with the community of the northern Lake Champlain watershed.