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

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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.

Lisière Verte Project Initiated

The Lisière Verte project was initiated by the Co-operative of Solidarity of the Watershed of the Pike River in collaboration with the MAPAQ. The Lisière Verte pilot-project was born thanks to the financing obtained by the means of the the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) of the federal government. This pilot-project was implemented at the spring of 2007 per one 2 years period. This project mainly aimed at supporting projects whose realization will make it possible to make recommendations for development of a Canadian policy of remuneration of goods and services environmental (BSE).

Approximately 1,2 million dollars was invested, within the framework of the Lisière Verte project, for:
• to arrange a cultivable buffer of 9 meters uninterrupted along the streams in the Beaver, Granger, Pelletier, Small Brook and Ewing (in hay or other perennial cultures, ex: panic grass);
• to convert floodplains of the Pike River of annual culture into a perennial culture;
• to install works of control of erosion

Le projet Lisière Verte a été initié par la Coopérative de solidarité du bassin versant de la rivière aux Brochets en collaboration avec le MAPAQ. Le projet-pilote Lisière Verte a vu le jour grâce au financement obtenu par le biais du Programme pour l’avancement du secteur canadien de l’agriculture et de l’agroalimentaire (PASCAA) du gouvernement fédéral. Ce projet-pilote a été mise en œuvre au printemps de 2007 pour une période de 2 ans. Ce projet visait principalement à soutenir des projets dont la réalisation permettra de formuler des recommandations pour élaboration d’une politique canadienne de rétribution de biens et services environnementaux (BSE).
Environ 1,2 millions de dollars ont été investis, dans le cadre du projet Lisière Verte, pour :
• aménager une bande riveraine cultivable de 9 mètres en continu le long des ruisseaux au Castor, Granger, Pelletier, Petit Ruisseau et Ewing (en foin ou autres cultures pérennes, ex : panic érigé);
• convertir des plaines inondables du bord de la rivière aux Brochets de culture annuelle en une culture pérenne;
• installer des ouvrages de contrôle de ruissellement (avaloir).
Le projet a permis de réaliser 98 hectares de bandes riveraines, convertir environ 50 hectares de plaines inondables et l’installation de 643 aménagements de contrôle de ruissellement.
De plus, le projet a été réalisé sur une base volontaire et comportait des compensassions de 337,50 $/hectare par année pour leur terrain occupé par ces bandes riveraines un paiement de 100 % du coûts des aménagements et une prime de lutte collective à l’eutrophisation pouvant atteindre jusqu’à 1000 $ par entreprise agricole


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