Lake Champlain

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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. 

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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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As many Vermonters know all too well, catastrophic floods have become increasingly frequent in the state. In many cases, they devastate homes, roads and farms.

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Residents of the Addison County town of New Haven are learning more about a proposed new transmission line that would connect to the Vermont electric grid in their community.

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In addition to making milk, Vermont’s dairy cows create a lot of manure. And what to do with that waste can sometimes be a challenge.

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At a Vermont Fish and Wildlife sampling station in South Hero, a tiny brook is alive with splashing dorsal fins. It's full of landlocked Atlantic salmon from Lake Champlain fighting their way upstream to spawn. This year, the fish are arriving in record numbers.      

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Cleaning up Vermont’s polluted waterways is going to be an expensive undertaking, and earlier this year, lawmakers approved a new tax to begin paying for it. But the revenue plan isn’t generating as much money as officials had anticipated.

Lawmakers and administration officials heralded the Clean Water Fund as an important first step in generating the financial capacity needed to fund pollution-reduction efforts.

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With the passing of Vermont’s Clean Water Act last year, the state has made a serious commitment to tackle the pollution problems plaguing Lake Champlain.

But less well known are recent major updates to the pollution data that’s the guiding force dictating just how much runoff the state needs to cut back.    

The U.S. Department of Energy gave a boost to a proposed power transmission line under Lake Champlain this week, issuing an environmental study that suggests the department plans to give federal approval to the project.

A month ago Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s schooner Lois McClure left her home port on a mission of self-preservation.