Lake Champlain

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Erika Senft Miller is a dancer and choreographer who draws inspiration from specific sites and incorporates them into to her performances.

As an arts educator and steward of the land and the lake, Senft Miller has chosen to stage her latest site-specific piece at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center on Burlington's waterfront.

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Vermont enacted a new law this year designed to keep people safe from potential health hazards in the water, but the law isn't working as intended. And some experts say it's ultimately up to Vermonters to protect themselves from lake toxins.

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What has this summer looked like so far in terms algae blooms and the health of Lake Champlain? We're getting an update on the latest on the lake: the science of algae blooms and the state of the state's clean-up plan. 

A salmon held with a gloved hand and the fish has a scar on its torso from a lamprey.
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A federal official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a policy change in Vermont means the agency won’t be able to use chemicals to kill parasitic sea lamprey in Lake Champlain for at least two years.

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As the Village of Swanton makes plans to renovate a historic dam in the center of town, village officials say outside forces - from state regulators to environmental activists - are spending more time pointing out problems than looking for solutions.

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Pollution in Lake Champlain could lead to a significant decrease in the value of lakeside homes and a notable loss of tourism dollars being spent in the region, according to a new study.

Four Vermont environmental groups are teaming up to formally oppose the renovation of a dam in Swanton.

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The Village of Swanton has ambitious plans to redevelop an old dam across the Missisquoi River as a hydroelectric facility, but environmental groups say the dam is threatening the downstream ecosystem and should be removed.

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It’s that time of year again. Reports of potentially toxic cyanobacteria, also known as blue green algae, have started coming in to the state of Vermont, and Burlington officials closed part of North Beach because of the bacteria.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend has come and gone, and it was a successful one on Lake Champlain as far as the Vermont State Police are concerned. While there were instances of boats that ran aground, the weekend was free of reported collisions and injuries, according to Cpl. Kevin Mays, field coordinator for the Vermont State Police Marine Division.

Authorities are still trying to determine the source of a weekend fuel leak into the Missisquoi River in Swanton.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the final, legally binding version of its “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) plan, which sets required pollution reduction targets for Lake Champlain.

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There was apparently something fishy about the first-place catch in the Walleye category in last year’s Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby, and it wasn’t the smell.

A Burlington beach has been closed due to a chemical spill. According to the Agency of Natural Resources, a fire-suppressing foam was discharged into a brook a short distance from Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has issued his first veto of the 2016 session. The governor says a bill expanding the membership of the state's Clean Water Fund Board could have slowed down efforts to clean up lakes and streams across the state.

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A University of Vermont research effort got a $20 million boost this year to fund studies on how to make watersheds more resilient to extreme weather events, officials announced Monday.

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Farmers are cheering plans to delay the adoption of new water quality standards on Vermont agriculture operations. Critics, however, say the decision to postpone will only exacerbate the pollution issues that have led to toxic algae blooms in Lake Champlain and other water bodies. 

Looking over the Winooski River to a building on a cloudy day.
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The city of Winooski was vacuuming sewage out of a grease-clogged sewer line over the weekend after city workers noticed that catch basins in the city’s stormwater system were emitting “sewage-like odors.”

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As public officials and local communities prepare to roll out the state's new water quality policies, a group of programmers and educators is working to grow public interest and understanding of what data from the lake can tell us.

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Vermont regulators granted permission Tuesday for a 154-mile power transmission line, known as the New England Clean Power Link, designed to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to southern New England.

The power line, which has not yet received federal approval, uses Vermont as a corridor. The cable route goes along the bed of Lake Champlain, then underground to a converter station in Ludlow, Vermont.

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