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News and events around the Lake Champlain Valley of northern New York and Vermont and southern Quebec

Introduction to Ice Fishing for Walleye

‍Introduction to Ice Fishing for Walleye

Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:00am-1:30pm: Lake Carmi, Franklin, VT

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is conducting an introductory course on ice fishing for walleye. The course will reinforce the basics while teaching basic techniques that can used to successfully target walleye.

Topics covered will include aquatic ecology, knot-tying, fish identification, regulations equipment, and much more!

This is a hands on course and warm clothing is a must! All equipment and materials will be provided.

Pre-registration is required, to register call 802-505-5562 or email letsgofishing@vermont.gov

 

 

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Progress Update on Community Sailing Center

Winter at CSC – Construction in Full Swing

Construction Update!

Progress Update on Community Sailing Center

Things are moving along nicely here on the balmy shores of Lake Champlain this month!

Although temperatures this morning were nonexistent – topping out at 0°, construction crews were as busy as ever.

The crews have just about finished pouring the foundation of the beautiful new waterfront home for the Pomerleau Community Waterfront Campus & Raymond P. Sullivan Sailing Education Center.

Progress Update on Community Sailing Center

CSC is almost there… but not quite yet.

So far they’ve raised $5.1 of the $5.75 million needed to complete the project. This is the perfect time of year to give a gift that will keep on giving.

By helping with their Love Your Lake campaign, you’ll help assure access to our most beautiful natural resource for our entire community for generations.

Help the CSC guarantee:

Lake Access. Life Lessons. For All.

Donation information here.

Future Pomerleau Community Waterfront Campus & Raymond P. Sullivan Sailing Education CenterFuture Pomerleau Community Waterfront Campus & Raymond P. Sullivan Sailing Education Center

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Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is located between New York’s majestic Adirondacks and Vermont’s famed Green Mountains. Yet despite the beauty of this region, it has been the site of dark and mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America’s bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand guard.
Champlain’s islands–Stave, Crab, Valcour and Garden–all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and in the forests surrounding the lake.
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Vermont Watershed Grants

Vermont Watershed Grants

 

Vermont Watershed Grants supported by license plate sales

Vermonters have an opportunity to protect and restore watersheds through the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. Half of the proceeds derived from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program.

The Program is co-administered by DEC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife; and it distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont. The other half of proceeds derived from the Conservation License Plate go towards helping the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program.

 

Vermont Watershed Grants and Heavy equipment working on Wells River dam removal

If you’re interested, you can join their new mailing list to receive future announcements about the Watershed Grants Program. When you sign up to register, simply select “Watershed Grant Program announcements.”

Grant funds are available for water-related projects that:

  • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats
  • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
  • Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Clean Water Initiative objectives;
  • Enhance recreational use and enjoyment;
  • Identify and protect historic and cultural resources;
  • Educate people about watershed resources; or
  • Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality.

 

Who May Apply

A dozen or so people working on a streambank restoration. Vermont Watershed GrantsMunicipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible to receive Watershed Grants for work on public or private lands. Individuals and state and federal agencies are not eligible to receive funds directly, but may be partners of a project.

 

Funding Categories

Watershed Grant:

Awards made up to $10,000, depending on project category type. Category types and the maximum grant amount for each project category type are as follows:

– Education and outreach – up to $5,000
– Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring – up to $3,500
– On-the-ground implementation – up to $10,000

Watershed Grants Program dollars are intended for complete projects or for discreet, identifiable portions of larger projects.

Application Information

Grant awards are made on an annual cycle, with applications due in the fall of the year and funding decisions made the following mid-winter.

The 2017 Project Year grant application deadline is December 2, 2016. Persons interested in applying should consult and use the 2017 project year forms shown below.

A copy of the Grant Application Guide and the Grant Application may also be requested by contacting the Watershed Management Division.

 

Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is located between New York’s majestic Adirondacks and Vermont’s famed Green Mountains. Yet despite the beauty of this region, it has been the site of dark and mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America’s bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand guard.
Champlain’s islands–Stave, Crab, Valcour and Garden–all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and in the forests surrounding the lake.
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Missisquoi Bay Watershed Plan

Plan for Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands of the Missisquoi Bay Watershed

The lakes, rivers and wetlands of Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Bay watershed provide recreational opportunities, drinking water and support for wildlife habitat and plant communities.  Water resource protection and remediation is necessary to ensure the community’s continued enjoyment of these uses.

Plan for Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands of the Missisquoi Bay Watershed

Karen Bates, Watershed Management Division basin planner, and partners in the watershed have assessed water resources, conducted high-resolution water quality modeling, and combed through every previous assessment to document projects to protect high quality waters and remediate where needed.  The result is the draft Missisquoi Bay Watershed Tactical Basin Plan, which is now ready for public review and comments.  The plan also contains a chapter on how the basin-scale allocations of the new Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load(TMDL) are broken down into small geographic areas to assist communities and stakeholders in identifying the best locations to implement phosphorus reduction projects.  The following table outlines the plan objectives and strategies.

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A series of three public meetings to learn more about the tactical basin plan and provide comments has been scheduled over the next month. The meetings are co-hosted by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, the Northern Vermont Development Association, and the Lake Carmi Local Implementation Team. The schedule is:

  • November 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Georgia Fire Station, Georgia, VT (joint presentation with the Lamoille Plan)
  • November 14th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Jay Municipal Building, Jay, VT
  • November 17th, 5:00-7:00 pm, FELCO Community Room, Franklin Homestead, Franklin, VT

The draft tactical basin plans will be accessible via the Watershed Management Division’s basin planners and online.

The public comment period is November 1st through close of business (4:30 pm) on December 2nd.

For more information, contact Karen Bates by email or phone at (802) 490-6144.

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