Lake Champlain TMDL
A Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is the maximum amount of a pollutant that a specific water body of water can tolerate and still meet water quality standards. TMDLs are required under the Clean Water Act for bodies of water that do not meet standards. A TMDL is required for Lake Champlain because phosphorus concentrations in many segments of the lake are higher than the levels allowed by the Vermont Water Quality Standards. Phosphorus is a nutrient and is the major contributor to the blue green algae problem in the lake.
Read more about the Lake Champlain TMDL.
Thank You Volunteers and Partners!!
The Friends could not complete our work without many volunteers and partners.
In the spring, we had numerous schools help us with riparian plantings including Williston Central School, Cabot School, Northfield Middle School Twinfield School, Earthwalk, Green Mountain Valley School, Websterville Baptist School and the UVM Greenhouse Dorm. We also had support from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. We had business groups including Cabot Creamery; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Ben and Jerry's There were also many individual volunteers including members of the Northfield and Marshfield Conservation Commissions.
A special thanks to our two primary partners--the Intervale Conservation Nursery and Partners for Fish and Wildlife. Thank you Mike, Seth, Trevian, Leah and Katie!
Managing Stormwater on Your Property
Next time you are in Northfield, look for one of these colorful barrels, painted by Northfield High School students, that is collecting stormwater. Rain barrels, rain gardens and other small site practices can help reduce stormwater runoff that carries pollutants to our streams. Managing stormwater onsite also helps to reduce flo oding.
Next time you are in Northfield, look for one of these colorful barrels, painted by Northfield High School students, that is collecting stormwater. Rain barrels, rain gardens and other small site practices can help reduce stormwater runoff that carries pollutants to our streams. Managing stormwater onsite also helps to reduce flo
To learn more about what you can do, visit our Stormwater page.
Living in Harmony with Streams: A Citizen's Handbook to How Streams Work
The Friends are extremely excited about our most recent publication: Living in Harmony with Streams: A Citizen's Handbook to How Streams Work. In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, there were lots of questions about how to manage our streams. Should we dredge? Should we armor the banks? How do dredging and armoring banks impact the aquatic life? How do they impact downstream communities? This handbook describes the natural processes of streams and how human development and actions impact those processes. It also describes the Vermont Rivers Program, stream geomorphic assessment and corridor planning. After you have read through the handbook, visit the Vermont River Management pageto find many more resources including a list of completed corridor plans.