Grand Isle, VT – The Lake Champlain Basin Program recently awarded more than $4.4 million in grants to communities and organizations in New York, Quebec and Vermont to improve the future of the Lake Champlain watershed. Lake Champlain.
The LCBP has awarded nearly $20 million to more than 1,630 projects in New York, Vermont and Quebec through competitive grant programs since 1992.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a longtime advocate for funding work to protect and restore Lake Champlain, now chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, said, “I am impressed with the organizations, municipalities, schools, businesses and state agencies who are committed to improving the future of Lake Champlain. The Lake Champlain Basin Program distributes federal funds to address many watershed issues, including reducing phosphorus and slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species, while supporting efforts to protect cultural heritage in the Lake Champlain region. entire watershed.
“We congratulate the more than 130 grant recipients representing organizations that continue to implement watershed projects during the COVID pandemic,” said Dr. Eric Howe, Lake Champlain Basin and Champlain Valley Program Director. National Heritage Partnership. “These partnerships enhance the Lake Champlain ecosystem for future generations and preserve and interpret our heritage for residents and visitors.
Howe added, “Local grants leverage federal dollars with local dollars, staff or volunteer time, and landowner contributions. Almost all projects that receive funding from the LCBP recruit volunteers to participate in the project or help interpret the project to the public. Homeowners can receive technical assistance from watershed groups to assess their property for stormwater issues, stewards identify aquatic invasive species and remove them from boats and trailers, and volunteers help visitors discover the rich history of the region. The LCBP relies annually on teams of experts from New York, Quebec and Vermont to review and rank our grant applications, making recommendations to our Executive and Steering Committee members.
The 136 grants awarded this year will support projects in many grant categories. Examples of LCBP 2022 grant projects include:
• Large-scale education and awareness – for example, Champlain College will develop a “Protecting Our Waters” experiential learning module for elementary school students and their communities. $44,413
• Small Education & Outreach – for example, the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center will expand its Diversity Access Initiative which aims to alleviate historical, social and economic barriers to recreation and education on the lake experienced by identified children as Black, Native, Color (BIPOC) by offering up to four weeks of free youth camp to approximately 50 campers. $10,000.
• Organizational support – p. eg, the Ausable River Association will increase its organizational capacity to improve research on the Ausable River. $4,000
• Clean Water – Planning – p. e.g., the Lake Champlain and Lake George Regional Planning Board will update information and projects in the 2018 Lake Champlain Non-point Source Pollution Subwatershed Assessment and Management Plan to capture new new demographic and monitoring data and add new point source load reduction projects and information. $47,785
• Clean water – Small implementation – p. eg, the Lake St. Catherine Association will continue its Lake Wise stewardship program and partner with students and staff at Castleton University. $24,970
• Clean Water – implemented on a large scale – for example, the City of South Burlington will install a gravel wetland to treat runoff from five acres of impermeable area before it reaches Potash Brook, a watercourse. water whose water quality is degraded. $125,000
• Healthy Ecosystems – Conservation of native habitats and species – for example, the Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District will conduct a multi-year habitat monitoring study at the Johnson’s Mill Dam Removal Site in Bakersfield, VT . $25,000
• Healthy ecosystems – Prevention and management of the spread of aquatic invasive species – for example, the OBVBM will acquire a boat washing and decontamination unit for Lake Selby in the Missisquoi Basin in Quebec. $15,000
• Technical grants – for example, Stone Environmental, Inc. will develop a comprehensive binational phosphorus mass balance model for Missisquoi Bay. $300,000
• Cultural Heritage – for example, the Lake George Historical Association Museum, through a Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Collections Grant, will enhance, expand and modernize its “Called by the Water” exhibit with information and an updated interpretation on water quality that marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. $7,500
• Additional grants – for example, Project 986 Consulting will support the Lake Champlain Basin program’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming and planning process. $15,000
These grants support projects that advance the goals of the Lake Champlain Opportunities for Action Long-Term Management Plan (plan.lcbp.org). These grants use funds provided to the NEIWPCC on behalf of the Lake Champlain Basin Program by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and the National Park Service. For more information on the LCBP Local Grants Program, visit the 2021 LCBP Grants Summary
For more information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT at (802) 372-3213 / (800) 468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.