On Thanksgiving night, Vermont game warden Eugene Stearns responded to a call in Lincoln, where a loon was stranded in a field. The next morning game warden Dale Whitlock released the distinctive water foul into Lake Champlain. In this wonderful video Whitlock tells the story, provides fun loon facts, then helps the bird into the water, where it swims and dives and calls and dives again. Video courtesy of Julianna Parker.
VERMONT — An international water panel has released initial recommendations for reducing phosphorus pollution in northern Lake Champlain, ranging from switching crops to setting up a phosphorus import-export budget.
The report, which is out for public comment until Dec. 14, is part of a broader lake pollution study the International Joint Commission is doing at the request of Vermont and Quebec. The IJC aids the U.S. and Canada in resolving boundary waters issues. The IJC is holding a public meeting on the draft report Thursday at the St Albans Museum from 7-9 p.m.
The IJC contracted with...
ANNIE MURAWSKI AND OTTO MAGDANZ tied the knot at Basin Harbor in Ferrisburgh this past July.
Photo: Lily Landes Photography
Annie and Otto share a passion for traveling and find any window to explore the world that they can.
In November 2018, they were in Colombia for a hiking trip in one of the country’s national parks. The pair had been together for several years and had openly talked about getting married, but still Otto managed to surprise Annie when he popped the question in this remote setting. He somehow had managed to hike the ring in their shared backpack for four days without her noticing!
Despite the thousands of beautiful places they had visited in the world, Annie and Otto easily committed to a...
THE COMMODORE EXPERIENCED Six-Oar team in the Golden Oak lines up for the start of its race at the annual James Wakefield Rescue Row in Burlington harbor on Saturday, which drew 206 rowers from nine Vermont and Maine schools. The VUHS crew was edged out by Belfast, Maine, in the race, but Commodore rowers won two races on the day.
Photo by Holly Weber
BURLINGTON — Middle- and high-school rowers from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school club teams participated in a major competition in Burlington harbor this past Saturday that drew three teams from Maine as well from four schools in Chittenden County.
In all, 206 youth rowers from the nine schools gathered at Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront to participate in the LCMM’s annual “James Wakefield Rescue Row.”
This race day is named in honor of James Wakefield, who along with his son Jack on Dec. 9, 1876, rescued the crew of the 85-foot canal schooner General Butler.
About this series:
Week 1 (Sept. 5) — The Otter Creek, Vermont’s longest river, runs through the state’s most heavily cultivated land, and thereby contributes more non-point source phosphorus pollution to Lake Champlain than any other source in Vermont, New York or Quebec. In this segment, we’ll look at the development of this problem and its potential solutions. Read Part I, "The Otter Creek's legacy is commerce -- and pollution."
Week 2 (Sept. 12) — Vermont’s Clean Water Act (2015) has established regulatory and incentive-driven programs to address the web of nuanced water quality...
ART DOTY WAS diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2018. This past June, en route to Helen Porter where he was to receive hospice care, Middlebury first responders took him on a "scenic route" to experience his beloved Lake Champlain one last time.
MIDDLEBURY — Art Doty knew his time was almost up.
Cancer was spreading through his 83-year-old body.
He was confined to a bed at the University of Vermont Medical Center, a tantalizing two miles from his beloved Lake Champlain, where he’d spent countless hours fishing and sailing.
Those two miles might as well have been 100, Doty thought, given his lack of mobility.
The Brandon resident yearned to see Lake Champlain one last time during a scheduled ambulance trip from UVM Medical Center to Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing in Middlebury, where he would draw his final...
THE OTTER CREEK sends a plume of sediment into Lake Champlain after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The sediment contained nutrient-rich runoff from Otter Creek’s 936-square-mile basin.
Photo courtesy of Lake Champlain Basin Program
This is Part II in a three-part series. Vermont’s Clean Water Act (2015) has established regulatory and incentive-driven programs to address the web of nuanced water quality issues in the state. Here, we’ll discuss the Clean Water Act as it applies to the Otter Creek basin, and dive into the assembly of Otter Creek’s 2019 basin plan, which becomes available to the public on October 1.
On the fourth floor of a downtown building in Rutland, several blocks from where the Otter Creek twists through the city, Angie Allen stares into the depths of a computer screen. She’s looking at a map of the...
THE OTTER CREEK empties into Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh.
Independent photo/Emma Cotton
This is Part I in a three-part series. The Otter Creek, Vermont’s longest river, runs through the state’s most heavily cultivated land, and thereby contributes more non-point source phosphorus pollution to Lake Champlain than any other source in Vermont, New York or Quebec. In this segment, we’ll look at the development of this problem and its potential solutions.
ADDISON COUNTY — Water connects. In dew drops, rain storms, snowmelt, the flick of a garden hose, it gathers small pieces of every living and non-living thing it touches. Tiny streams in every backyard find downward paths into each...
GRAND ISLE — The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) seeks proposals for projects that will reduce pollution from stormwater runoff in the Lake Champlain watershed. The LCBP will fund projects that install large-scale best management practices (BMPs) or provide planning and prioritization for future on-the-ground stormwater treatment projects.
As much as $500,000 in total is available to support projects through the Request for Proposals that was recently announced.
Projects eligible for funds in the BMP category might include construction of innovative projects for shoreline stabilization,...
KJELL DAHLEN’S ODINN heads downwind during the 2019 Diamond Island this past Saturday. The 37-foot-long Odinn finished the 15 nautical-mile course in less than two hours and was the first boat to finish and won the Spinnaker A fleet.
Photo by Ramsey Hazbun
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — Over the past seven years, the Diamond Island Regatta, co-sponsored by Royal Savage Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina, has become a weekend-long celebration of sailing and lake-wide camaraderie unlike any other event on the Lake Champlain Championship Series schedule.
Twenty-six sailboats competed in the seventh annual Diamond Island Regatta this past Saturday, Aug. 17, at Point Bay Marina. The day started with a breakfast for sailors under the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) tent, where there was a buzz of anticipation as competitors looked out at Town Farm Bay, where a...