The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) is recognized as a statewide leader that acts to clean the waters of northern Lake Champlain and its watershed by working collaboratively with private citizens, businesses, farmers, and government.
Our 2021 Action Plan follows:
- Assist municipalities and private lakeshore owners on improving their shoreline and reducing stormwater runoff, to reduce phosphorus and sediment loading to Lake Champlain by collaborating with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC).
- Advocate with state agencies and legislators to assure more implementation projects, better project prioritization and greater enforcement of best management regulations.
- Collaborate with Northwest and Chittenden County Regional Planning Commissions (NRPC and CCRPC), both of whom are newly created Clean Water Service Providers (CWSP) in the Missisquoi, Direct Lake, and Lamoille water basins.
- Work with the local agricultural community to facilitate their interaction with all partners (Federal, State, and Local) in understanding and adopting required agricultural practices to improve the watershed’s waterways. Support interested farms with the grant application process and management of new water quality improvement project constructions.
- Provide local, place-based watershed education to our communities, including schools, lakeshore owners and municipalities by engaging with water quality groups, like LCBP, DEC, UVM-Extension, Farmers Watershed Alliance (FWA), St. Albans Museum (SAM), Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA), USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Franklin County Conservation District (FCCD).
- Combine fundraising events with educational outreach and public advocacy to inform about lake water quality issues and continuation of Vermont’s “ALL-IN” policy to heal the state’s waterways.
- Evaluate the success of these action steps by constant examination of our new projects and our interaction with the Northern Lake Champlain community.