or those who enjoy Lake Champlain by sail-
ing on a breezy summer afternoon, taking a
moonlight dip on a warm evening, or casting
out a fishing line, it is natural to be inter-
ested in preserving and improving the Lake’s water
quality. Good water quality is one of the major
themes in the management plan for the Lake
Champlain basin because it is essential to the lake’s
health and there is strong public interest. Citizens
groups, government programs and university person-
nel collect water samples and monitor water quality
data for Lake Champlain and its tributaries. Scien-
tists are using the data to track our progress toward
better water quality and a healthier ecosystem.
CASIN’ THE BASIN
S U M M E R / F A L L 1 9 9 9 NUMBER IVOLUME VII
Continued on page 4.
Basin Waves – page 2.
Trailing Lake Champlain’s
Birds – page 9.
Check out the LCBP
Pete Stangel, Aquatic Biologist with Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation samples Lake
By Andrea Donlon
Celebrate the Lake – page 7.
Keeping an Eye on the Lake 1
Basin Waves and Events 2
Public Meetings 3
CAC Awards to Local Groups 6
Underwater Survey 7
New Cultural Heritage
& Recreation Awards 8
Trailing Lake Champlain’s Birds 9
Sea Grant Update 9
Reader Survey 10
Local Implementation Awards 11
Champlain 2000 11
Keeping an Eye on the Lake
CASIN’ THE BASIN
BASIN WAVES. . .
Good news from around the
Lake Champlain Basin!
• The LCBP would like to thank to Janet
Swentusky and the AuSable River Association
for hosting a watershed association workshop on
April 10th at AuSable Valley School. Thirty
participants and eight watershed groups at-
tended. Guest speakers gave presentations about
fish habitat, grant writing, nutrient sources,
wetlands, record keeping, public access, volun-
teer recruitment, and stream bank protection.
The next watershed group meeting will be held
later this year. April’s workshop was co-spon-
sored by the LCBP and Cornell Cooperative
• Two hundred
South Burlington participated in the Winooski
Valley Park District’s (WVPD) State of the
Winooski Basin Youth Conference during May.
Students represented stakeholders involved in
reducing phosphorus, such as farmers,
homeowners, wastewater treatment plant opera-
tors, and loggers. WVPD received an LCBP
watershed education grant this year and will use
US EPA funds next year to involve students from
Winooski and Essex. For more information
contact the WVPD at (802) 863-5744.
• The LCBP’s
tions to over
25 school and
groups in the
about polluted runoff by using Enviroscape’s
watershed model, saw a slideshow about Lake
Champlain, or learned about wetlands by partici-
pating in a “wetlands metaphor” activity. The
staff also reached 900 students through the
Ecosystem Exposition in Poultney, VT; Essex
County Field Days in Keene and Penfield, NY
and the Winooski Valley Park District’s Con-
servation Field Day in Burlington, VT. To
schedule a visit, call the LCBP at (800) 468-5227.
• Boaters will want to check out the Lake
Champlain Committee’s new Bilingual Boating
Guide in French and English. The guide pro-
motes environmentally sound practices, safety
tips and information on preventing the spread of
invasive species. Call the LCC to receive a copy
(free + postage) at (802) 658-1414.
• Eighteen educators attended the Champlain
Basin Education Initiative (CBEI) workshop,
“Stewards of the Land: Farming for Water Qual-
ity in the
Farms in April.
quality with Amy
Teachers also met
with local farmers
Ketchel of the Vermont Department of Agri-
culture. Shelburne Farms dairy manager, Sam
Dixon, and researcher, Don Meals, gave a tour
of the dairy barn and discussed best manage-
ment practices. For more information about
CBEI contact the LCBP at (800) 468-5227.
• More and more students are exploring and
learning about the lake while on the water.
Students from Rutland High School spent
several weeks in May canoeing from Otter Creek
to the Canadian border. Check their website at
welcome.htm. Students from Addison County
Schools recently launched an authentic long
boat they built at the Lake Champlain Mari-
time Museum. The students rowed a portion of
the lake and stopped along the way to visit other
schools. Contact the Maritime Museum for more
information at (802) 475-2022.
renovations, which are now underway. The LCBP
anticipates moving back to the house during
• Calling all birders! Green Mountain Audubon
Society seeks volunteers to complete avian
checklists while visiting 11 wildlife management
refuges in Northwestern Vermont. Sites include
Snake Mountain and Little Otter Creek in
Addison County and Mud Creek in Alburg. This
project was funded through a Partnership Pro-
gram grant from the LCBP. For more information
and a list of sites call Mark LaBarr at (802) 434-
3068 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A new guide for dentists about reducing,
recycling and properly disposing waste mercury
amalgam, which is commonly used in fillings is
now available. The National Wildlife
Federation’s (NWF) and Vermont Dental
Society’s “The Environmentally Friendly Dental
Office” promotes voluntary pollution prevention
and proper handling techniques. For more
information contact the NWF at (802) 229-0650.
• Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee chair,
Buzz Hoerr, represented Lake Champlain at the
Lake ’99 Conference in Copenhagen, Nether-
lands in May. During the conference, members
of LakeNet convened for the first time. LakeNet
is a project of Monitor International which
facilitates informational exchanges on watershed
management. Other participating lakes included
Lake Baikal, Laguna Lake, Lake Ohrid, Lake
Peipsi/Chudskoe, Lake Titicaca, Lake Toba, and
Lake Victoria. For more information contact
Monitor International at (410) 268-5155.
September 24, 7 PM. “The History and
Ecology of the Black Bear,” a talk by
Richard Sage of the Adirondack Ecologi-
cal Center. Ticonderoga Historical
Society’s Hancock House, Ticonderoga,
NY. Info: (518) 585-7868.
September 25, 10 AM to 3 PM.
Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge Open
House. River boat tours, birding walks,
canoe trips, and exhibits. Refuge Head-
quarters, Swanton, VT. Info: (802) 868-
October 25-27. Workshop: “Measuring
Progress in Your Watershed: Develop-
ing Indicators and Reporting Systems.”
Ramada Inn Conference Center,
Burlington, VT. Info: Sue Thomas, Green
Mountain Institute for Environmental
Democracy (802) 229-6073.
November 4-5. Conference: “Ways
of the Woods: Culture, Heritage,
and the Evolving Economy of the
Northern Forest,” Eagle Mountain
House, Jackson, New Hampshire.
Contact the Northern Forest Center
at (603) 229-0679 or email
November 5-7. Abenaki Studies Confer-
ence: “Reflections of Remembering
and Forgetting: Revisiting the Original
Vermonters.” University of Vermont.
Info: Cindy Longwell at (802) 656-3884.
The Youth Conference.
Nicole Ballinger of the LCBP
explains the watershed model.
Educators at Shelburne Farms.
Scafolding on the Gordon-Center House.