Lake Champlain Life: Welcome

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Welcome to Lake Champlain Life. Here we explore and celebrate life in the Lake Champlain Valley of northern Vermont and New York and southern Quebec. Bordered by two American states and one Canadian province, Lake Champlain is varied culturally and politically. As if its natural beauty isn’t enough, Lake Champlain is historically significant; its waters have seen different groups of people vying for control of the Lake and the water “highway” it provided between the Hudson and St. Lawrence River Valleys.

The Lake Champlain Basin has a rich geologic  history. The physical geography (physiography) created by the last Ice Age and the effects of glaciers over a mile thick and their eventual receding have created a unique and varied environment for the people, wildlife and plants that are lucky enough to inhabit the region.

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Although this environment is threatened by climate change, pollution, development and invasive species of plants and animals. we believe that we all have an obligation to protect it for ourselves and for future generations. In addition to exploring Lake Champlain, we’ll examine ways that we can protect and preserve this treasure.

Lake Champlain is home to a number of wildlife and plant species that are found only in the Champlain Basin, and others that might seem to be out-of-place. We enjoy learning about the many other residents with which we share Lake Champlain.  Knowledge and prevention are crucial to stop the invasive species that threaten to displace these native species.

Human history along Lake Champlain is rich and varied due to its key location. From pre-colonial civilizations, through the military history of the French and Indian, Revolutionary War and The War of 1812 and through the commercial and recreational eras, Lake Champlain has been appreciated, used and fought over by many different people for a variety of reasons. We believe that a better understanding of where we came from will help us to create a better future for ourselves and Lake Champlain.

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Imperial Dam Modifications to Improve Fish Habitat

Imperial Dam Modifications to Improve Fish Habitat

Imperial Dam Modifications The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on plans to modify ...

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$16 million in USDA funding to benefit Lake Champlain

$16 million in USDA funding to benefit Lake Champlain

USDA funding for Lake Champlain Vermont and New York will receive $16 million in funding to benefit Lake Champlain for a ...

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Federal Funding for Lake Champlain

Federal Funding for Lake Champlain

Federal Budget Includes Funding For Lake Champlain Lake Champlain stands to benefit from the $1 trillion spending plan recently signed into law ...

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Lake Champlain Sunset from Grand Isle, Vermont (photo by Betsy Dall) 1/04/2015

Lake Champlain Sunset from Grand Isle, Vermont 1/04/2015

Lake Champlain Sunset from Grand Isle, Vermont  This beautiful sunset was captured by Betsy Dall on January 4, 2015. ...

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Whale Tails in Vermont Field

Whale Tails in Vermont Field

    Whale Tails in Vermont Field? The Whale Tails, as they are locally known, are actually a  sculpture named 'Reverence' ...

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Lake Champlain Life Calendar

Lake Champlain Life Calendar

  Calendar of events, festivals and happenings throughout the Lake Champlain Valley   If you'd like to have your event ...

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$1.5 Million USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality for New York State

$1.5 Million USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality for New York State

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.5 Million USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality in Greater Adirondack Conservation Projects Funding Will Support Projects to Improve ...

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New Year-Round Open Water Fishing Opportunities for Vermont Anglers

New Year-Round Open Water Fishing Opportunities for Vermont Anglers

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Vermont’s 2nd Annual Statewide Free Ice Fishing Day

Vermont’s 2nd Annual Statewide Free Ice Fishing Day

Vermont’s 2nd annual statewide Free Ice Fishing Day will take place Saturday, January 31, featuring an activity-filled ice fishing festival ...

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Lake Champlain Vacation Rentals

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Lake Champlain Current Conditions (Links to Updates)

Lake Champlain Current Conditions (Links to Updates)

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Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding Focused on Most Impaired Watersheds

Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding Focused on Most Impaired Watersheds

Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding : EQIP Funds to Most Impaired Watersheds   The Lake Champlain Basin will benefit from $45 million dollars ...

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Lake Champlain Gas Pipeline Phase II Proceedings Delayed

Lake Champlain Gas Pipeline Phase II Proceedings Delayed

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Ice Fishing Safety Tips from Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Ice Fishing Safety Tips from Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

It's winter, and that means it's time for ice fishing. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department offers these ice fishing ...

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Cold Lake Champlain Ice

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Current Lake Conditions:  contains links to various sites reporting on weather conditions and forecast, water temperature, water  levels and other conditions from around Lake Champlain.

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