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*March 2010 | Issue #12*

* In This Issue *
Grants Awarded <#LETTER.BLOCK8>
Love the Lake March 25th <#LETTER.BLOCK6>
Seeking Research Proposals <#LETTER.BLOCK10>
Register for Research Conference <#LETTER.BLOCK7>
Grant Results Online <#LETTER.BLOCK9>
Register for Educator Workshops <#LETTER.BLOCK13>
Lake Stewards <#LETTER.BLOCK15>
VT CAC Action Plan <#LETTER.BLOCK14>
Go P-Free This Spring! <#LETTER.BLOCK16>

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storm drain markerTwenty-two local organizations and towns were recently 
awarded a total of $135,778 in grants for projects that will benefit the 
Lake Champlain watershed. Over $550,000 in funds were requested, 
demonstrating that there is a strong need and interest for local 
projects. Grants were awarded in four categories: aquatic invasive 
species/pollution prevention, organizational support, education, and 
pollution reduction on small farms in the Missisquoi and St. Albans Bay 


Among the many projects funded through this year's grants are the 
following: a river steward for New York's tri-lakes region, a storm 
water retrofit at the Essex County fairgrounds, storm drain markers in 
the Lake George and Southern Lake Champlain region, a youth 
environmental stewardship project, and riparian corridor enhancement for 
Allen Brook in Williston. The small farm pollution reduction grant was 
awarded to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD). 
VACD will work with eight farms in the Missisquoi and St. Albans Bay 
basins that have agreed to install pollution prevention measures such as 
roof drains, laneways and manure pit repairs. View the news release 
for a list of the new grants awarded. Since 1992, the LCBP has awarded 
nearly $3.75 million. Visit our grants database 
to learn about previously awarded grants.

Image: An LCBP grant will help the Lake Champlain-Lake George RPB mark 
storm drains in the Lake George and Southern Lake Champlain 

Love the Lake Speaker Series 
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., you are invited to join us and this speaker for 
homemade desserts, tea, coffee and lively conversations about Lake 
Champlain. The LCBP office is in the stone house at 54 West Shore Road 
in Grand Isle, VT--just a short walk from the LCT ferry. ALL EVENTS ARE 
Thursday, March 25 , 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
*William H. Miner and the Making of Heart's Delight Farm
*Dr. Joseph Burke, Chairman of Miner Institute and former President of 
SUNY Plattsburgh, Sr. Fellow Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Learn more about Heart's Delight Farm on the LCBP's Wayside Exhibit 

The LCBP is seeking research proposals for two new projects that will 
support the goal of reducing phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, 
described in the Lake Champlain management plan, /Opportunities for 
Action/. Detailed RFPs for both of these projects are posted at 
or contact the LCBP at (802) 372-3213.

    * *Road drainage network impacts to Lake Champlain water quality*
      [posted 3/3/10]
      The LCBP seeks proposals for a study to quantify the loadings from
      priority pollutants to Lake Champlain, including phosphorus and
      sediments. Output generated from this project will allow the award
      recipient to quantify the total phosphorus and sediment load that
      is contributed by a roadside drainage network in a targeted
      sub-watershed within the Lake Champlain Basin. The award recipient
      will use these findings to qualitatively assess the impact of Best
      Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce sedimentation and nutrients
      entering roadside waterways. Funding for this RFP is from the US
      EPA. Up to $100,000 is available for this project. /Proposals are
      due on May 3, 2010./ 
    * *Climate change projections and impact on the hydrologic regime of
      Lake Champlain tributaries* [posted 3/9/10] 
      The LCBP is seeking proposals for an expert review of established
      climate change projections and anticipated consequent changes in
      the hydrologic regimes (timing and amount of water flow) of major
      tributaries that flow to Lake Champlain. Because tributary
      phosphorus load is closely related to the hydrologic regime of
      tributaries, this project will support the goal of reducing
      phosphorus pollution. Outcomes of the project must anticipate
      likely changes to the hydrologic regime within the Lake Champlain
      basin and relate these changes to stormwater designs. Up to
      $64,000 is available for this study. Funding for this RFP is from
      the US Environmental Protection Agency. /Proposals are due on May
      7, 2010./

*Vermont DEC staff taking sediment samples from Lake 
Champlain.*Registration is now open for the "Our Lake, Our Future" 
conference on June 7-8, 2010. Sponsored by the Lake Champlain Research 
Consortium (LCRC) and LCBP, the conference will be held at UVM's Davis 
Center. Sessions will focus on nutrients, toxins and pathogens, fish 
communities, plankton, social sciences, watershed and land use, and the 
physical and chemical attributes of the Lake. The goal of this 
conference is to bring the research community together to share 
knowledge, identify needs, and enhance communication and collaboration 
among disciplines. Keynote presentations will focus on the economic 
value of natural resources and the effects of climate change on 
fisheries in the Lake Champlain Basin and will be open to the public. 
Early-bird registration by May 1st is $50.00/person. Visit 
to register. Contact Doug Facey at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> for more information
Image: Vermont DEC staff taking sediment samples from Lake Champlain. 
LCBP Photo.

European FrogbitSince 1992, the LCBP has awarded nearly $3.75 million to 
local projects, many of which provide information useful to other 
sub-basins. In order to facilitate information exchange among watershed 
groups, the LCBP maintains an online database of abstracts and contact 
information for all grants at 
Two recent grants with final products of basin-wide interest are the 
Lewis Creek Association's European frogbit removal project and the South 
Burlington Stormwater Services' stormwater disconnection program.
Outside of Lake Champlain only two other Vermont waters are known to 
have invasive European frogbit plants. This final report for this 
project provides details prevention and harvesting strategies and 
activities for all Vermont waters that could be used by other 
municipalities. Download the report at 
Working with property owners to reduce polluted runoff is an important 
part of nonpoint source reduction strategies in the watershed. Recently, 
the amount of rooftop runoff connected to the drainage system in South 
Burlington was determined and educational materials about home 
improvements were mailed to all residents. Download the educational 
brochure and learn more about the project at 
Additional information created through this grant is also online at 
Image: The European Frogbit plant in bloom. Photo by Christian Fisher.

"A Watershed for Every Classroom 
Watershed for Every Classroom" is a year-long professional development 
experience for educators in the Lake Champlain Basin (Vermont, New York 
and Quebec), brought to you by the Champlain Basin Education Initiative. 
It offers teachers inspiration, knowledge and skills to frame exciting 
place-based curriculum and teach lake science and stewardship. Workshops 
will be held in July and October 2010 and February and May 2011.
The course fee is $400, payable during the course. Teachers will receive 
$100 for classroom resources and an opportunity to apply for a $200 
mini-grant. Five optional graduate credits are available for an 
additional $1,000 from St. Michael's College. Visit 
<> for 
more details or contact Colleen Hickey at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Lake Champlain Lake StewardSeven LCBP Lake Stewards were stationed at 
heavily used Vermont and New York boat launches from Memorial Day to 
Labor Day in 2009. They greeted lake users, collected basic survey 
information and conducted courtesy invasive species inspections on 6,729 
boats. Of the 572 organisms collected during voluntary inspections, 326 
were identified as aquatic invasive species. About 4.8% of the total 
inspections resulted in removal of an aquatic invasive species from a 
boat or trailer. LCBP Lake Stewards also staffed information tables at 
fishing derbies and other events throughout the region. The LCBP plans 
to hire up to eight Lake Stewards for the 2010 season. For more 
information about LCBP invasive species programs visit 
or contact Meg Modley at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
Image: A Lake Steward discusses ways to prevent the spread of invasive 
species with a boater at Wilcox Dock in Plattsburgh, NY. Photo by LCBP.

VT CAC Lake Champlain Action PlanThe Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee 
(CAC) recently released its 2010 Action Plan. The document, which is 
available in both English and French, lists thirteen actions recommended 
by the CAC for Lake Champlain management. Top priorities for 2010 are:

    * Endorse the recommended ten "next steps" in the revised 2010 Lake
      Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Implementation Plan.
    * Support consistent sea lamprey control measures, including
      non-chemical options and research on non-target species of special
    * Evaluate a pilot program that promotes livestock exclusion with
      the use of single and double strand electric fencing. If success
      is uncertain by 2012, introduce legislation requiring mandatory

The Action Plan is available on the LCBP website at 
For more information on the VT CAC, contact Michaela Stickney, Vermont 
Lake Champlain Coordinator, at (802) 241-3619 or 
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

blue lineDo you have friends and family with that "perfect" lawn? Spread 
the word about using phosphorus-free (P-free) fertilizers to 
them. Established lawns rarely need phosphorus and the Lake definitely 
does not need more of it! More than 50 stores in the Lake Champlain 
watershed now carry phosphorus-free (P-free) fertilizers. Visit 
for a list and if you don't see it at your local store, ask your 
retailer to carry it. The Lawn to Lake partnership provides free 
outreach materials for retailers to help their customers grow beautiful 
and Lake-friendly lawns.
Image: A "zero" in the middle indicates phosphorus free. Most lawns in 
this region only need nitrogen applied in the fall.

LCBP Logo*Main Office in Grand Isle:*
54 West Shore Road
Grand Isle, VT 05458
(802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227 (toll-free in NY & VT)
*LCBP Resource Room:* The Resource Room at The Leahy Center for Lake 
Champlain (top floor of ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center) is open to 
the public seven days/week. Call (802) 864-1848 ext. 109 for more 


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