2009

Lewis Creek Association: 2009 Program Highlights

LCA works with LaPlatte Watershed Partnership, Addison County RiverWatch Collaborative Vermont River Conservancy, land trusts, towns and government partners to promote rural economies that enhance our natural systems in the Champlain Valley. Many thanks go to our towns who help us every year to improve our communities and the natural world for generations to come.

Friends of LCA celebrated LCA’s 19th birthday with Addison County RiverWatch Collaborative and the Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission at the beautifully restored Ferrisburgh Grange Hall. Thanks to state staff, LCA consultants, some 60 volunteer monitors and Vermont State's LaRosa water Quality laboratory, we were able to compile, interpret and discuss water quality data results in Champlain Valley streams from Salisbury to Shelburne. With Champlain Valley's legacy of deforestation, agriculture traditions and today's resulting unstable streams, our water quality information show where sediment and phosphorus from eroding streams, road ditches and denuded landscapes and are causing our beloved Lake Champlain to age so rapidly. Below are 2009 program highlights.

Restoration and Conservation
  • Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing Project
  • Stream buffers in Ferrisburgh, Hinesburg, Monkton, Starksboro on the Laplatte, Lewis and Kimball
  • Invasive European Frogbit Plant Removal Project at Thorp and Kimball Bay at Lake Champlain
  • Land conservation initiatives in Monkton, Charlotte, and Hinesburg
  • Education and Outreach
  • Enhanced Lewis Creek Association website. Visit www.lewiscreek.org.
  • Presented Conservation Priorities Project to Towns and State
  • Presented WQ and River Assessment results to Towns and State Agencies
Planning
  • Town Farm Bay Invasive Plant Management Plan Update
  • Lewis Creek Corridor Plan – updating for entire watershed
  • LaPlatte River Corridor Plan for Charlotte and Shelburne
  • Charlotte Town Plan - Significant Wildlife Habitat Mapping and Protocols
  • Otter Creek and Northern Lake Champlain State Basin Plans- contributing comments
Data Collection
  • Stream assessments for Lewis Creek, LaPlatte River, and Direct to Lake Tributaries
  • Water quality monitoring in streams from Shelburne to Salisbury.