We depend upon volunteers and other partners to leverage maximum support for resource protection.
LCA works in the programmatic areas of Data Collection & Planning, Conservation & Restoration, and Education & Outreach to complete a wide of array of projects in the Lake Champlain Valley.
Monkton wildlife crossing
Reptiles and amphibians are the vertebrate groups most sensitive to road mortality. Monkton Road happens to be right in between crucial breeding habitat and over-wintering habitat for the Blue-Spotted Salamander, a species of Special Concern in Vermont. Since it takes these amphibians approximately 5-6 minutes to cross the road and they are nearly invisible to drivers, mortality risk is high. Over the past few years, concerned citizens have rallied together along with the Town of Monkton to raise funds, design, and implement a wildlife crossing under the road to ensure safe travel.
ahead of the storm
Ahead of the Storm (AOTS) grew out of a group of citizens from Charlotte, Hinesburg, and Shelburne who were concerned about the serious decline of Lake Champlain's health and water quality. Stormwater runoff from driveways, fields, parking areas, and lawns is a major factor in the deterioration of our water quality. AOTS helps communities change the way stormwater is managed on properties to reduce water pollution and be more prepared for extreme weather events and impacts of climate change. Fourteen municipal, commercial, and private properties have been selected to become demonstration sites to showcase more optimal conservation practices in a variety of landscape settings.
south chittenden river watch
The South Chittenden River Watch (SCRW) is a volunteer water quality monitoring group that is managed by LCA. The SCRW (previously LaPlatte Watershed Partnership) has been monitoring water quality in four watersheds in southern Chittenden County since 2004. Volunteers take water samples from the LaPlatte River, McCabe's Brook, Thorp Brook, Kimball Brook, and Holmes Brook that are analyzed by the VT DEC LaRosa Lab. Results are shared with property owners, towns and the State to guide water quality improvement efforts.
addison county river watch collaborative
Addison Country River Watch Collaborative (ACRWC) is a volunteer-based water quality monitoring group that monitors Lewis Creek, Otter Creek, and Little Otter Creek. ACRWC has been collecting and analyzing water samples in critical swimming, boating, and fishing areas since 1997.
invasive AQuatic Plant Control and removal
A population of invasive European frogbit was discovered in Town Farm Bay and the Lower LaPlatte at Lake Champlain in the Spring of 2007 and 2008. Non-native frogbit can be detrimental to recreation and fragile ecosystems like the wetlands of Lake Champlain. Left uncontrolled, it can blanket the water surface, out-competing native plants for light, nutrients, and space. Since 2009, a team of citizen volunteers have canoed through Town Farm Bay and the lower LaPlatte River weekly during the summer months to pull frogbit. Both locations have been reduced to less than 10% frogbit cover since the start of the project. Yellow Iris, Purple Loosestrife and water chestnut are also monitored and controlled. In 2019, we will begin studying the best ways to remove Flowering Rush as well.