|NEIWPCC staff at the LCBP conduct numerous|
presentations each year to schools and community
Lake Champlain, the 110-mile long lake that lies between New York and Vermont and extends into Canada, is undeniably beautiful. But like so many other lakes across the country, Lake Champlain faces serious environmental threats including nutrient pollution from agricultural and urban sources, harmful algal blooms, the spread of aquatic invasive species, and impacts to the watershed and its ecological community due related to climate change and increased flooding.
Since 1992, NEIWPCC has served as financial administrator and program adviser to the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), which works cooperatively with many partners to coordinate and fund efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain basin's water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. These efforts are guided by the comprehensive watershed management plan Opportunities for Action. The LCBP works with its program partners, advisory committees, and local communities to implement this plan leveraging a variety of federal, state, and local funding sources. In 2011, the National Park Service formally designated the Champlain Valley as a National Heritage Area, and today the LCBP pursues its work on cultural heritage tasks through the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
NEIWPCC’s support for the LCBP includes managing its personnel, contract, grant and budget tasks; and providing input on the program’s activities through interaction with the LCBP Steering Committee. Recent highlights of the LCBP’s work include the planting of cover crops on farm fields on both sides of the lake, the development of a workshop for local watershed partner groups, the installation of wayside exhibits highlighting the history and cultural heritage of the region at the Valcour Rest Area outside of Plattsburgh, NY, and research on the impacts of climate change to hydrology and ecological communities of Lake Champlain, and the costs and benefits of floodplain protection.
A vast amount of information on the LCBP's efforts and projects, including the projects described above, can be found at the program's Web site: www.lcbp.org.
Please direct any questions about NEIWPCC’s role in administering the LCBP to Clair Ryan.