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Cover detail: 2012 State of the Lake Report from the Lake Champlain Basin Program
Cover detail: 2012 State of the Lake Report from the Lake Champlain Basin Program

State of the Lake: new report investigates water quality and health of Lake Champlain

Every few years the Lake Champlain Basin Program publishes a "state of the lake" report, detailing environmental quality in Lake Champlain. This year's report came out last week.

It says that while the overall health of the main lake is good, certain areas, like the Northeast arm and Missisquoi Bay, have higher levels of phosphorus pollution and algae blooms. Sarah Harris spoke with Bill Howland, director of the Basin Program, about the report.  Go to full article

Festival of the Islands showcases small town life

The Champlain Islands will celebrate their brand of small town life next weekend. Vermont's annual Festival of the Islands will be held from July 27-29 in the five towns of Grand Isle County.

Irene Clarke grew up on Long Island and now owns a business in Alburgh. She's organizing the festival, and says the event presents the best of the islands, including concerts, flea markets, retail events, art exhibits, farm stands and yard sales. Email Irene for a map of the Festival: imtherightplace@gmail.com  Go to full article
Kevin Sebastian, Jonathan Brody, Scott Schaefer.  Photo: Depot Theatre
Kevin Sebastian, Jonathan Brody, Scott Schaefer. Photo: Depot Theatre

Theatre Review: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" at the Depot Theatre

The Hound of the Baskervilles is running at the Depot Theatre in Westport through July 29. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has our review.  Go to full article
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

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