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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.


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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A Paddling Long Trail: The Northern Forest Canoe Route

The Northern Forest Canoe Route

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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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Video

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Video

‘A Haven for Wildlife’

Video (2006) from America’s Wildest Places on Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge 

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge videoMissisquoi, ‘The Land of the Flint’, to the Abenaki people is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1943 and is maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Its main purpose is to provide a haven for migratory birds on their annual trips north and south.

This beautiful video shows features of the MNWR, as well as, photos and video clips of many of the different creatures that call the MNWR home.

The Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge is located at 29 Tabor Road (just off Route 78) in Swanton, VT, telephone = (802) 868-4781 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/

Visitor Center hours:

Monday – Friday                                        8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturdays (May 19 to October 27)         10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please note that most public use is permitted only on designated trails or along the Missisquoi River

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