Water Quality Bill H.35

We have been working on helping the legislators understand the importance of passing a comprehensive water quality bill this year.  It is time to do it and it needs to happen – so much is at stake for our lakes, rivers and waterways.  This bill, although some...

Can I Love Vermont Dairy and Love my Lake?

Can I Love Vermont Dairy and Love my Lake? I came of age in Burlington, VT when Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were on a mission to take over the world with premium Vermont ice cream.  I remember distinctly my first taste of real Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese.  For...

Week at the Statehouse First Edition

The first 2 weeks at the Vermont statehouse have been rather exciting for water quality!  Last week the Governor, Peter Shumlin spoke about Lake Champlain and water quality and dedicated new and existing revenues to clean up efforts.  The creation of a Clean Water...

Solid waste in waterways a no – no in VT

Laws that prohibit littering have been around for over sixty years. Well before Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring and awakened the consciousness of the world to the many human inflicted ailments of our natural resources,  anti-littering campaigns were resulting in...

Statehouse Day a Success

On Thursday, January 8th the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain was in the Statehouse with Missisquoi River Basin Association and Franklin Watershed Committee in an effort to bring attention to the water quality issues in our watershed.  We spent the morning meeting...

Sheldon Springs Stormwater Fix

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain recently completed a terraced bioretention basin project at the RockTenn mill located in Sheldon Springs on the banks of the Missisquoi River. This small stormwater treatment project will treat water draining from a gravel parking...

Cover Crops Increase

What’s that green you see in that corn field? A COVER CROP!! According to UVM Extension, in the past decade farmers in Vermont have been adopting this conservation practice. 10 years ago Heather Darby estimates there were only 50 acres in cover crop and today...