Category Archives: News

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

Lake Champlain Transportation to minimize air emissions and pay penalty

Lake Champlain Transportation Co. Clean Air Settlements to Minimize Emissions

Lake Champlain Transportation Co. Clean Air Settlements to Minimize Emissions

Lake Champlain Transportation Co. Ferry Dock

E.P.A.: Boston 15 Sept. 2014  The Lake Champlain Transportation Company, which operates ship repair and painting facilities in Burlington and Shelburne, Vermont, will act to minimize air emissions and protect air quality additionally L.C.T.C. will pay $100,000 in penalties to resolve EPA claims of both federal and state clean air violations.

The company, which operates ferry boat services for passengers and vehicles between Vermont and New York, performs maintenance on its ferry boats at the facilities, ithat includes coating operations using paint spray guns.

Specifically, EPA alleged that Lake Champlain Transportation Co. violated the federal Clean Air Act “National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants” (NESHAP) for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Facilities by using paints with hazardous air pollutant contents greater than the allowable limits, failing to keep required records of paint usage, and failing to submit a written notification, implementation plan and semi-annual reports to state and federal officials.

EPA also alleged that the company violated Vermont Air Pollution Control Regulations by failing to comply with volatile organic compound coating limits, and by failing to apply for and obtain permits at the time the company acquired new paint spray guns in 2005 and 2009. In addition, EPA alleged that Lake Champlain Transportation failed to apply for and obtain a Clean Air Act Title V operating permit.

To address the violations identified by EPA, Lake Champlain Transportation Co. will submit an implementation plan to EPA outlining how it will comply with the NESHAP. The company will also apply for permits from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Future compliance with clean air standards will help reduce health risks from the emission of these chemicals.

Many of the chemicals used by Lake Champlain Transportation Co. are both hazardous air pollutants and volatile organic compounds. Exposure to hazardous air pollutants and volatile organic compounds can cause a variety of health problems. Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ozone, exposure to which can damage lung tissue and reduce lung function. Children, the elderly, people with lung disease, and people with asthma are most susceptible.

More information on EPA Clean Air Act enforcement: http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/air/index.html

Lake Champlain Transportation Announces Fare Increase for Ferries

 

Lake Champlain Transportation: Fare Increase for Ferries

Lake Champlain Transportation Announces Fare Increase for Ferries

 

 

 .

Lake Champlain Transportation Company (L.C.T.) announced fare increases for ferries crossing Lake Champlain at Charlotte, VT – Essex, NY and Grand Isle, VT – Cumberland Head, NY. The new rates will go into effect on  April 3rd.

.

Lake Champlain Transportation Announces Fare Increase for Ferries

The last rate increase for the crossings at Charlotte/Essex and Grand Isle/Cumberland Head was in 2008.

The 30% commuter discount remains in effect.

The new rates will be as follows and do not include the fuel surcharge:

 

.

Vehicle & Driver <19′ Long……………………………….$10.00

Adult Passenger……………………………………………..$4.00

Senior (65+) Passenger………………………..…………..$3.50

Child 6-12 Passenger……………………………………….$1.75

Vehicle & Driver > 19′ Long

Over 19′ to 27……………………….…………………….. $15.75

Over 27′ to 36’………………………………………………$21.75

Over 36′ to 45’………………………………………………$28.00

Over 45′ to 54’……………………… ………………………$33.75

Over 54′ to 63’………………………………………………$41.25

Over 63′ to 72’………………………………………………$49.50

Over 72′, add……………………………………………..….$1.30

Motorcycle & Driver………………………………………….$6.50

Adult Bicycle…………………..………………………………$5.00

Child Bicycle…………………..………………………………$2.75

.

www.ferries.com for schedule information.

[contentblock id=20 img=iframe.png]

 .

Government Shutdown Affects Lake Champlain

How The Government Shutdown Affects Lake Champlain

The recent federal government shutdown has affected millions across the country, and the impact is being felt on Lake Champlain as well. Here are some of the impacts:

Government Shutdown Affects Lake ChamplainThe EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) new phosphorus reduction budget for Lake Champlain – TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load. (See “Cleaner Water” article ) was scheduled to be released in draft form later this month, but it’s not clear that they’ll be able to do it because of the shutdown. The draft plan will likely call for additional regulations on roads, stormwater permits, agricultural lands, and floodplain development, but authority for new regulations and funding for incentives has to be approved by the Vermont legislature, which doesn’t reconvene until January. The longer the draft plan is delayed, the less time the legislature will have to review and absorb requirements set forth in it.

Fall is the time for developing budget priorities for the state and federal government. The Lake Champlain Basin Program Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) identifies priority projects for funding. However, a half-dozen members of that body are federal employees who are furloughed and unable to participate in the process during the shutdown. The absence of their valuable knowledge and experience severely limits the TAC’s ability to outline the most critical immediate next steps in managing the lake.

Although Vermont’s duck hunting season began on October 9, one of the more popular hunting locations on Lake Champlain may not be open to the public this year. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Franklin County Vermont has been closed as a result of the shutdown. No hunting or fishing is allowed in the refuge during the shutdown, and the Visitor Center has been shuttered.

Read the Lake Champlain Committee’s analysis of how the government shutdown affects Lake Champlain here…

.

.

[contentblock id=17 img=iframe.png]

.

Related Articles:

[contentblock id=15 img=php.png]

Phase Two Underway at Fort Ticonderoga

Phase Two Underway at Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga, NY) – Phase two of Fort Ticonderoga’s three-phase master plan is underway as America’s Fort begins to develop new, innovative, and exciting guest experiences.


Phase two, the product development phase, kicked off in mid-February as the Fort’s leaders of interpretation, collections, education, management, and board met with PGAV Destinations, the firm developing the destination’s 10-year-master plan, to begin designing new and bold offerings.

“Product development is the most exciting part of a destination’s master plan,” says PGAV Destinations VP and project lead, Tom Owen. “It’s where we collaborate creatively with their team to push the envelope in all areas of their operation, to stretch everyone’s thinking, and generate ideas that will shape the future of Fort Ticonderoga.”

The team will spend the spring and summer investigating new ideas that would impact all aspects of the guest experience – including interpretation, exhibits,  events, retail, dining, guest flow, and more. PGAV and the Fort hope to begin testing these concepts with the public starting in late summer 2013.

Initially, the team is concentrating on developing major themes and drawing from the Fort’s unique assets, which include 2,000 acres of pristine Adirondack landscape overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. One of the early planning sessions highlighted the importance of integrating all of the Fort’s properties into a unique destination experience that utilizes trails, water, and other modes of transportation. Early planning also emphasized further development of the “learning campus” concept which includes physical, off-site, and virtual initiatives.

 “The goal of this phase is to envision new features that will simply create an exemplary experience for all of our guests for decades to come,” says Beth Hill, president and CEO at Fort Ticonderoga. “By constantly innovating and improving what our visitors and long-time supporters engage in at Fort Ticonderoga, we can generate higher attendance and income, thereby fueling more investment and improvement as well as best serving our educational mission.”

About PGAV Destinations 

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now in its fifth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects. No other firm offers such an integrated approach to destination planning.

PGAV’s key clients include industry leaders such as Delaware North Companies, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Biltmore Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Ameristar Casinos, Universal Studios, The Gettysburg Foundation, the Saint Louis Zoo, and many others. Recent assignments include planning and design at many of the world’s “must see” destinations, including the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, Kennedy Space Center, Hearst Castle, the Georgia Aquarium, the Hoover Dam, and SeaWorld Adventure Parks.  www.PGAVDestinations.com

About Fort Ticonderoga: America’s FortTM

Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful six million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of FortTiconderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit “It would make a heart of stone melt” Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga  which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

More Articles About Fort Ticonderoga

No Post found.

Butternut Hill Natural Area: Nature Snapshot

New Nature Snapshot

From Butternut Hill Natural Area

Butternut Hill Natural Area: Snapshot

Have you visited Butternut Hill Natural Area, our newest conserved public area in North Hero, VT, yet?  If not, here’s a great excuse!

 

Our newest Nature Snapshot series focuses on Butternut Hill Natural Area.  These snapshots demonstrate the diversity of wildlife that rely on floodplain forest habitats.

 

Check out the snapshots here , and then hike the trail to see if you can spot any of the featured animals.

 

Updated 4/3/13