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Vermont Green Line Developers Seek New York Permit

Vermont Green Line Developers Seek New York Permit | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
The HVDC system would run from the New York Power Authority’s Plattsburgh substation in Beekmantown, Clinton County, to Vermont Electric Power Co.’s New Haven substation in Addison County. The New York portion of the project includes 6.7 miles of buried HVDC cable from a converter station to the shoreline of Lake Champlain at Point Au Roche State Park and about 4.9 miles underwater on the New York side of Lake Champlain.

The Vermont section of the project will include 35.2 miles of underwater HVDC cable, a converter station and 13.3 miles of buried line to the New Haven substation.

The project will also need approval from the Vermont Public Service Board.
Lake Champlain Life's insight:
The HVDC system would run from the New York Power Authority’s Plattsburgh substation in Beekmantown, Clinton County, to Vermont Electric Power Co.’s New Haven substation in Addison County. The New York portion of the project includes 6.7 miles of buried HVDC cable from a converter station to the shoreline of Lake Champlain at Point Au Roche State Park and about 4.9 miles underwater on the New York side of Lake Champlain. 

The Vermont section of the project will include 35.2 miles of underwater HVDC cable, a converter station and 13.3 miles of buried line to the New Haven substation. 

The project will also need approval from the Vermont Public Service Board.
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EPA Announces $1.5 Million in New Federal Funds to Tackle Invasive Species in New York

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation was awarded $500,000 for: Using Boat Stewards to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
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The New York State Office of Parks will expand on a successful watercraft inspection stewardship program at boat launches and marinas located on Lake Champlain, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, and the Finger Lakes. The stewardship program will also educate thousands of national and international recreational and resource users that visit New York State Parks. The Great Lakes provide 30 million Americans with drinking water and help support a multi-billion dollar economy. This year, the EPA is awarding more than $13.9 million in grants for projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes For more information on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, visit: http://glri.us
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Peru boy lands potential record fish in Lake Champlain

Peru boy lands potential record fish in Lake Champlain | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
A potential record fish was caught on Lake Champlain. A reported 20.345-pounds, 40-inch lake trout was caught on Lake Champlain. The big fish was landed near Plattsburgh by 12-year-old Alexander Mason from Peru, New York, who was fishing with his dad, Dennis Mason.
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It needs to be certified by the state to be recognized as a state record, but Lake Champlain International says as soon as it's weighed by a biologist it will be.
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Fort Ticonderoga to host immersive living event May 7-8

Fort Ticonderoga to host immersive living event May 7-8 | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Fort Ticonderoga to host immersive living event May 7-8
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Experience an immersive living history event at Fort Ticonderoga highlighting the occupation of Ticonderoga by the American Northern Continental Army. On Saturday May 7 through Sunday May 8, guests will step into the year 1777 as soldiers muster together to train and dig-in, preparing for General Burgoyne’s British and Brunswick army expected at any time. This event will kick off the 2016 season at Fort Ticonderoga and capture the site’s epic story from the American perspective.
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A Paddling Long Trail: The Northern Forest Canoe Route -

A Paddling Long Trail: The Northern Forest Canoe Route - | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Various parts of the Trail are appropriate for paddlers of every level of expertise from novice to expert. My canoe buddies and I have paddled many of the sections in the Adirondacks, a few in Vermont. Our favorite Vermont trip is a spring paddle in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge where the Missisquoi River enters Lake Champlain. One day we saw over 100 nests and their occupants – Great Blue Herons and Cormorants nesting in the trees in the river delta. From the mouth of the river in Vermont, the view shed of the Adirondack Mountains as they tower over the lake is spectacular. The Trail from New York to Vermont crosses Lake Champlain from the Saranac River in Plattsburgh to the mouth of the Missisquoi River near Swanton.
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Sailing Center Gears up for Busy Season

Sailing Center Gears up for Busy Season | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
The non-profit is set to the public shortly with a new facility in the works.
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The Center currently operates out of the Water Department garage. Now after more than 20 seasons, the Center is excited to break ground on a whole new facility on the bike path in just a few months. It will have running water and bathrooms, changing rooms, offices for our year around staff and then a deck up top for teaching.
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Champlain Bridge Run to aid school program

Champlain Bridge Run to aid school program | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
The fifth annual The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run will be contested Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m.
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The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was part of a two-day celebration marking the opening of the new bridge in 2012. That celebration is over, but the New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run lives on.
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Keep Local Farm Funds helps Vermont farmers protect water quality, awards over $100,000 in grants

Keep Local Farm Funds helps Vermont farmers protect water quality, awards over $100,000 in grants | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
CVFC will use the funds primarily to help farmers learn about new ways to protect and enhance water quality in the state. CVFC is a non‐profit organization dedicated to preserving the quality of the environment while maintaining a strong farm economy in Vermont.
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Pharmaceuticals present in Burlington wastewater

Pharmaceuticals present in Burlington wastewater | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
UVM researcher found Burlington treatment plant pouring water into Lake Champlain with concentrations of pharmaceuticals.
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The drug residue is having a measurable effect on aquatic life in the lake, with pharmaceutical buildup seen in the brains of fish and behavior changes observed in zooplankton, which could have a cascading effect through the food chain.
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Lake Look: How did we get where we are?

Lake Look: How did we get where we are? | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Lake Champlain does not meet water quality standards. Every year, blue-green algae blooms plague northeastern bays and pop up in other places around the lake.
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Most regulations endeavor to slow the lake's aging by preventing phosphorus from moving from land to water. That is well and good, but none can affect the amount of phosphorus that has already entered the lake. Our efforts for water quality protection will not, in the end, save Lake Champlain from the fate of all lakes. But they will buy us time.
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Conservation Alliance Awards $30,000 Grant to Lake Champlain Land Trust

Conservation Alliance Awards $30,000 Grant to Lake Champlain Land Trust | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Lake Champlain Land Trust was awarded $30,000 for work with the Whitehall Cliffs Conservation Project
Lake Champlain Life's insight:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas. Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment. Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $16 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 45 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,972 miles of rivers; stop or remove 28 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 11 climbing areas.
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After Feedback From Small Farms, Vermont Delays New Water Quality Standards

After Feedback From Small Farms, Vermont Delays New Water Quality Standards | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Farmers are cheering plans to delay the adoption of new water quality standards on Vermont agriculture operations. Last week, VT Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross penned a letter to legislative officials seeking their approval to push back the formal adoption of new rules, from July 1 to September 15.
Lake Champlain Life's insight:
The new rules are part of a water-quality bill that lawmakers passed in 2015, and are supposed to reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing off farms and into lakes and rivers. Farmers say they haven’t had enough time to vet the complex regulatory proposals and recently asked the Agency of Agriculture to delay adoption of what are known as Required Agricultural Practices (RAP's). Critics, however, say the decision to postpone will only worsen the pollution issues that have led to toxic algae blooms in Lake Champlain and other water bodies.
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Adirondack Coast Beaches

The Adirondack Coast is renowned for its pristine beaches stretching along the shores of Lake Champlain or tucked away at the edge of a quiet river or mountain lake.
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The History And Mystery Of Split Rock Mountain -

The History And Mystery Of Split Rock Mountain - | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Split Rock Mountain, the locale of an ancient boundary between nations, is the exotic and mysterious Far East of the Adirondacks.
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Split Rock Mountain has more than eleven miles of marked trails. They are laid out in a rough figure-eight, with the main access near the center. Most of the trails follow old roads; one allows snowmobiles, which are infrequent.
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Crown Point State Historic Site Museum, Bird Banding Station open

Crown Point State Historic Site Museum, Bird Banding Station  open | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
The Crown Point State Historic Site Museum and Bird Banding Station will open for the 2016 season Saturday, May 7.
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The Crown Point peninsula, jutting northward into Lake Champlain, serves as a trap for birds migrating north making it an ideal location for the banding station. 18,604 individual birds have been banded at this station since 1976 representing 106 different species of birds including 28 different species of colorful warblers. The Museum will be open from Saturday, May 7 to Monday, Oct. 17, Thursdays to Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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US Coast Guard Cautions Boaters This Spring

US Coast Guard Cautions Boaters This Spring | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
The boating season is starting early for 2016 season, thanks to the mild winter. But, the lake temperature is still dangerously cold in the event of a boater going overboard.
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Lake Champlain water temperatures arestill in the low 40's... still very, very, cold. Water temperatures this cold can do a number on the human body. Hypothermia is one of the main concerns from the US Coast Guard. Make sure you have your life jackets with you, and preferably on you Another added step of safety, primarily during the spring season, is wearing a wet or dry suit. This will significantly increase your survival rate in the event of an emergency.
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Fort Ticonderoga to host immersive living event May 7-8

Fort Ticonderoga to host immersive living event May 7-8 | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Fort Ticonderoga to host immersive living event May 7-8
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Experience an immersive living history event at Fort Ticonderoga highlighting the occupation of Ticonderoga by the American Northern Continental Army. On Saturday May 7 through Sunday May 8, guests will step into the year 1777 as soldiers muster together to train and dig-in, preparing for General Burgoyne’s British and Brunswick army expected at any time. This event will kick off the 2016 season at Fort Ticonderoga and capture the site’s epic story from the American perspective.
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Winooski fish lift open for the season

Fish lift at the Winooski One hydroelectric facility is operating for the spring season
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The Winooski One fish lift is operated annually through a joint effort between Vermont Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power.
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Have a Crappie spring!

Have a Crappie spring! | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
One of the most popular and sought after freshwater fish after ice out is the spring crappie.
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REMINDER: NYS regulations for Lake Champlain’s crappie size limit is 8 inches and daily limit is 25.
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Vermont Supreme Court Says Burlington Can Party On at Waterfront Park

Vermont Supreme Court Says Burlington Can Party On at Waterfront Park | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday that the city can continue to hold year-round events at Waterfront Park, concluding a long-running legal battle.
Lake Champlain Life's insight:
Burlington, VT mayor, Miro Weinberger called Monday's decision an important victory for the city. "For nearly four years, at my direction, the city has fought to protect and expand the public’s right to enjoy Waterfront Park throughout the year in response to private attempts to dramatically curtail its use," he said in a press release.
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Scientists Discuss Growing Microfiber Pollution Problem

Scientists Discuss Growing Microfiber Pollution Problem | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
In the last year or so many people have become familiar with microbeads — the microscopic abrasive balls in cosmetic and other cleansing products.
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This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh taped a forum on the environmental hazards of microbeads. The scientists also pointed out that microfibers are harming the region’s waterways.
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How Soon Should Public Be Notified When Sewage Spill Occurs? VT Senate Weighs Options

How Soon Should Public Be Notified When Sewage Spill Occurs? VT Senate Weighs Options | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
How soon should the public find out about a spill or overflow of untreated sewage from a treatment plant into a river or lake? That's the question VT Senate is considering now.
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Sewage plant operators are supposed to tell the state's Dept. of Environmental Conservation of a spill or overflow, and under state law, the agency has 24 hours to post a notice online. The senators are trying to decide if they should require notification within four hours or even one hour
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VT Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation Admits Permit Violations at State Parks

VT Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation Admits Permit Violations at State Parks | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has agreed to pay $5,000 in civil penalties to the State of Vermont, to settle claims that the Department violated its environmental sewage treatment and disposal system permits...
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The Department admits to two violations of its sewage treatment and disposal system permit at Button Bay State Park and one violation of its permit at Lake Carmi State Park. The violations occurred in summer 2014.
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Vermont Clean Water Fund Board Will Meet on April 8

Vermont Clean Water Fund Board Will Meet on April 8 | Lake Champlain Life | Scoop.it
Vermont Clean Water Fund Board Clean Water Fund Board will meet on Friday, April 8, at 1:00 PM at the Agency of Transportation 5th Floor Board Room in the Davis Building at the National Life complex in Montpelier.
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Biking on the Adirondack Coast

Renowned for its great road biking, the Adirondack Coast offers bike routes, ranging in difficulty that cross through the Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains. Small towns and postcard views offer plenty of opportunity for rest and recreation along the way. Board a ferry and spend the day exploring nearby Burlington, VT. Or journey 60 miles north to Montreal, QC and experience the city Bicycling magazine rated the number one cycling city in North America. Whatever your speed, we have what you’re looking for: * Taste of the Coast - 43.7 miles, moderate * Coffee to Coffee - 26.0 miles, moderate * Plattsburgh's War of 1812 Bike Trail - 22.4 miles, easy * Adirondack Coast Agricultural Ride - 29.0 miles, easy * Adirondack Coast Wine Trail - 60.4 miles, moderate * Point au Roche Family Ride - 6.1 miles, easy * The Flatlander - 21.1 miles, easy * Acres of Apples- 24.4 miles, easy * The William H. Miner Story - 35.3 miles, easy * Monuments, Mills and Music - 35.6 miles, moderate * Over the Hills and Far Away - 45.2 miles, difficult * The Climber- 38.0 miles, difficult * State Bicycle Route 9 - varies in length and diffculty
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