The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) has been involved in a variety of water quality projects in both Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Most of these projects manage stormwater and runoff from farms in order to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediments that flow into Lake Champlain.
Below you'll find a set of buttons leading to our interactive StoryMaps about our most recent projects, as well as a list of projects we've completed in the past. We hope you'll explore these projects to better understand our work across the region and to support our work in identifying future project sites.
Rock River Sub-Watershed Assessment
To build upon the water quality monitoring and best management practice implementation that has occurred in the Rock River watershed, FNLC was awarded a Lake Champlain Basin Program grant in late 2022 to conduct a two-year sub-watershed assessment of the Rock River in Franklin and Highgate
Georgia Town Beach Bioretention System
Through funding provided by Watersheds United Vermont, FNLC has received final engineering designs for a bioretention system at the Georgia Town Beach. FNLC partnered with Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC to further develop the preliminary designs that were created through the Lake Champlain Basin Program-funded Georgia Shoreline Assessment in 2020.
FNLC was awarded funding in 2017 to install a two-tier ditch to prevent flooding in a field on a local farm in Franklin County. This practice has been used on Midwest farms for over a decade, but this project was the first of its kind in Vermont. The concept requires digging out the ditch banks two to three feet above the bottom of the existing ditch channel and then creating a flat bench on both sides of the ditch.
Fairfield Pond Lake Watershed Action Plan
Through a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, FNLC is conducting a Lake Watershed Action Plan (LWAP) for the Fairfield Pond watershed. Fairfield Pond is a 446 acre body of water located in northwest Fairfield near the borders of Swanton and St. Albans Town.
North Hero Shoreline Stabilization
FNLC is pleased to announce the
implementation of approximately 150 feet of shoreline restoration on the eastern shore of North Hero. The work was supported through a grant provided by the VT Department of Environmental conservation (VT DEC) and was complimented with the landowner
matching funds. The work activities began in the fall of 2020 and were recently
completed this spring.
Deer Brook Gully Restoration
Following the award of an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant in the fall of 2017, FNLC hired Stone Environmental to identify, design, and implement stormwater best management practices to address flows to the gully and stabilize the gully channel. The overall goal of the project is to reduce sediment transported from the gully to Deer Brook.
Beginning in 2018, FNLC partnered with the St. Albans Museum to create a workshop for school-age children on Lake Champlain’s cultural heritage and water quality issues. Lake Lessons has become an annual shoreside STEM educational program for fourth grade students in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.