Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin

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EPA continued to review and comment upon subsequent drafts of the CAFO permit for Medium Farm Operators, which was issued June 21, 2013 (CAFO General Permit 3-9100).

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Lake Champlain opportunities for action management plan

Welcome to the 2010 update of Opportunities for Action – an online, dynamic management plan! Here you will be able to easily explore the goals and actions of OFA and track progress toward those goals. [Sommaire en Français]

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Opportunities for Action establishes a plan for coordinated action by Federal, State, and Provincial jurisdictions within the Basin, and public stakeholders, to restore and protect water quality and the diverse natural and cultural resources of the Lake Champlain Basin. Successful implementation of the plan will be achieved by developing many joint partnerships among natural resource agencies, citizens, and other Lake and watershed stakeholders, to achieve the actions described herein.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has worked to involve the public and to respond to current management, research, and monitoring needs in developing and implementing OFA since 1991. In the current revision, partners have committed to specific management tasks based on funding available in 2010 and anticipated in subsequent years; however, additional needed tasks have been identified at the end of each chapter to be addressed as funding opportunities become available. The new online format will encourage accountability in the accomplishment of these tasks and allow for the integration of an adaptive management process, a structured method for updating the plan as new information becomes available. This approach will allow OFA to remain current in a continual evolving process to protect and restore the Lake Champlain ecosystem.

For more information about using this online management plan, please see “How to Use This Resource.”

The OFA website was officially launched in late December 2010. We are working hard to update the status of the tasks that listed within each of the OFA chapters, as well as success stories. Thanks for your patience!
~LCBP Staff.

New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Teaching Multi-livestock Species Grazing in the Champlain Watershed


In early fall of last year, NRCS conducted a “Pasture-walk” on the Ben Wever Farm owned by Shaun and Linda Gillilland in Essex County, demonstrating the advantages of Prescribed Grazing of several livestock species. Diversifying the farm enterprise and to supply niche markets in neighboring urban areas, such as New York City and Albany with, Grass Fed Beef, Meat Goats, Pasture Poultry and Pork and Organic Milk.

Through the GCLI Program several partners including Natural Resources Conservation Service, Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District, Clinton County Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Adirondack North Country Association coordinated their efforts in developing this evening event. Twenty five local farmers walked the pastures and discussed various grazing techniques used to enhance pasture production, while still protecting natural resources such as water quality and soil erosion.

This pasture-walk is one of 43 similar Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative events conducted throughout New York state reaching 1896 livestock producers last year, covering a variety of grazing topics. GLCI funding was also use to train public and private professionals to develop Prescribed Grazing Plans to individual farms, improving farm production and economics and still protecting our natural environment. GLCI Steering Committee also held a student writing contest with four winner in different categories sharing their on farm experiences with grazing.

With offices in nearly every county in the United States, NRCS works with landowners and communities to improve our soil, water, air, plants, wildlife, and energy use. If you are interested in how you can protect resources on your farm, please contact your local NRCS office.

-USDA-NRCS New York

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