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Cast of Unnecessary Farce  Photo: Buff Lindau
Cast of Unnecessary Farce Photo: Buff Lindau

Theatre Review: "Unnecessary Farce" at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester

Unnecessary Farce is running at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester through July 14. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article
Archival photograph of blue green algae from the Vermont Department of Health
Archival photograph of blue green algae from the Vermont Department of Health

Toxic blue green algae plagues Lake Champlain

Health officials in New York and Vermont say there have already been at least two outbreaks of toxic blue-green algae on Lake Champlain. The first was reported last week near the Crown Point bridge. The second, reported Tuesday, forced closure of the public beaches in Port Henry. There have also been reports of outbreaks near Burlington and Missisquoi Bay. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Robert Howrigan Junior on his Fairfax, VT dairy farm. The field behind him is prone to runoff.
Robert Howrigan Junior on his Fairfax, VT dairy farm. The field behind him is prone to runoff.

New USDA program to help VT farmers reduce phosphorus loading

Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay is plagued by phosphorus pollution. When hot weather comes, the pollution feeds potentially dangerous blue-green algae blooms.

Phosphorus is a common fertilizer, and the excess causing the local problems comes primarily from agricultural runoff. An international study has helped pinpoint the sources around the big bay, which spans the Vermont-Quebec border in the northeast corner of the lake.

Sarah Harris reports on a new USDA program that uses the targeted information to help farmers in the surrounding watershed change their methods and reduce pollution.  Go to full article
Depot Theatre
Depot Theatre

Theatre Review: "Careless Love" at the Depot Theatre

Careless Love is running at the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY through July 8. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article
Spring 2011 flooding: Sediment plumes from the Lamoille River, the Winooski River, and shoreline erosion on South Hero. Photo: Lake Champlain Basin Program.
Spring 2011 flooding: Sediment plumes from the Lamoille River, the Winooski River, and shoreline erosion on South Hero. Photo: Lake Champlain Basin Program.

A year later, learning new flood management techniques

A year has passed since spring floods and Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc on Lake Champlain and its tributaries. Researchers, scientists, safety officials and nonprofit leaders have been meeting in New York and Vermont, trying to sort out what those events mean for the future of communities in the Champlain Valley, and for the lake's ecosystems. Last week they gathered at the University of Vermont. Sarah Harris was there and has our story.  Go to full article
Students cheering on their way to the launch.
Students cheering on their way to the launch.

Champlain Valley students turn a boat shop into a classroom

A group of Vermont high school students has been hard at work since January building a wooden long boat by hand. They collected the materials and built the boat piece by piece, gaining skills and confidence as they went.

The program is a collaboration between the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and program called Diversified Occupations. The program offers kids who struggle in the classroom a different approach to learning.

Sarah Harris spent a couple of days with the students and their teachers and has our story.  Go to full article
A portion of the proposed underwater power cable route.
A portion of the proposed underwater power cable route.

NYS Senator says Lake Champlain power cable will stifle Upstate power

A State senator from Niagara county is pushing back against a plan to pipe more electricity from producers in Canada to consumers in New York City.

Senator George Maziarz says the big electricity transmission line planned to run under the water of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River would edge out power producers here in New York. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
The International Joint Commission in St Armand, Quebec
The International Joint Commission in St Armand, Quebec

Public hearings in VT, Quebec on phosphorus in Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay

Missisquoi Bay is in the northeast corner of Lake Champlain, along the Vermont-Quebec border. The bay has some of the highest phosphorus concentrations in the lake and is frequently plagued by blue/green algae. In 2008, the US government asked the International Joint Commission, a bi-national body that helps manage US and Canadian boundary waters, to assist in reducing phosphorus levels in the bay.

They've now completed a study that identifies where the phosphorus is coming from and how it gets to the lake. Two public hearings are underway to discuss the results. Sarah Harris was at last night's meeting in Saint Armand, Quebec and has more.  Go to full article
Battling the rising water of Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Battling the rising water of Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh (Photos: Brian Mann)

Year of the Floods Part Two: The Fury of Lake Champlain

Yesterday we kicked off our pledge drive week with a look back at the North Country's Year of the Floods. Brian Mann reported on historic spring rains and snow melt that sent rivers across the North Country surging beyond their banks, ripping through mountain towns.

Much of that water flowed into Lake Champlain, triggering a secondary flood in communities in New York, Vermont and Quebec that lasted for weeks. This morning, we look back at how dozens of shore towns weathered the long crisis.  Go to full article

Champlain powerline gets OK from green groups

The company that hopes to run a $2-billion underwater electric line from Quebec to New York City says it has reached an agreement with some of the environmental groups that had raised concerns about the project.

Donald Jessome, head of TDI, says the deal was reached after 15 months of closed-door negotiations and will shape how the underwater line is laid under Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.  Go to full article

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