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

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Lake Champlain Opportunities For Action Database

Welcome to the Opportunities for Action Online Database! Here you can browse through each chapter to see the actions that the plan has outlined in order to accomplish the goals of that chapter and this management plan.

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Chapter Content

Expand 2. A Strategy for Implementing the Plan

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Continue and expand monitoring of key baseline parameters in the Lake Champlain Basin to support the adaptive management process. View Tasks 2.1
Create a unified data access system for coordination and data sharing among stakeholders in the Basin and produce timely and accessible summary reports for the general public. View Tasks 2.2

Expand 3. Informing and Involving the Public

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Enhance educator and student learning about watershed issues. View Tasks 3.1
Build awareness and understanding among residents and visitors about Lake Champlain Basin resources and behaviors that contribute to pollution. View Tasks 3.2
Provide hands-on citizen action opportunities to improve the watershed and change behaviors that contribute to pollution. View Tasks 3.3
Improve communication and cooperation among the diverse groups involved in Lake Champlain Basin education and outreach. View Tasks 3.4
Provide local groups, schools, and municipalities financial and technical resources to implement Opportunities for Action in Basin communities and watersheds. View Tasks 3.5

Expand 4. Reducing Phosphorus Pollution

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Reduce the phosphorus load that is being generated by agricultural land uses, including farmsteads, cropland, and pasture lands in the basin. View Tasks 4.1
Reduce the nonpoint source phosphorus load that is being generated by runoff from developed lands in the Basin. View Tasks 4.2
Protect and restore forests, wetlands, floodplains, and stream corridors to maximize storage of phosphorus in the watershed. View Tasks 4.3
Address phosphorus loads associated with inadequately treated sewage. View Tasks 4.4
Use education to empower the general public to reduce phosphorus contributions. (Additional actions that incorporate outreach for phosphorus reduction are listed in the Informing and Involving the Public Chapter.) View Tasks 4.5
Develop and implement a framework for Critical Source Area analysis that will serve as a basis for targeting management actions in order to achieve the greatest phosphorus reductions and address Lake segments furthest from their water-quality targets. View Tasks 4.6
Develop a coordinated adaptive management decision plan for evaluating progress in reducing phosphorus inputs to Lake Champlain across the jurisdictions. View Tasks 4.7
Estimate how climate change is altering the delivery of phosphorus to Lake Champlain and how it necessitates changes in implementation strategies. View Tasks 4.8
Opportunities for Future Actions: Identify research and monitoring projects that can improve management programs and conduct when funding resources become available. View Tasks 4.9

Expand 5. Reducing Toxic Substances and Pathogens

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Publish and implement the Lake Champlain Toxic Management Strategy that emphasizes pollution prevention while continuing to mitigate pollution problems throughout the Lake by 2015. View Tasks 5.1
Provide education and outreach to encourage homeowners, industries, health care facilities, businesses, governmental agencies, and public institutions to prevent pollution and recycle by 2015. View Tasks 5.2
Investigate and address the distribution, fate, and effects of contaminants of concern and sites of concern. View Tasks 5.3
Implement actions to monitor, investigate the causes of, and reduce the frequency of blue-green algae toxins in the Lake. View Tasks 5.4
Identify public health risks associated with toxic substances (including blue-green algae toxins) and communicate risk to the public through advisories from the three jurisdictions. View Tasks 5.5
Determine sources of and reduce the threat of pathogens to public health in Lake Champlain Basin waters; communicate risk to the public through advisories from the three jurisdictions. View Tasks 5.6
Opportunities for Future Actions: Identify research and monitoring projects that can improve management programs and conduct when funding resources become available. View Tasks 5.7

Expand 6. Managing Fish, Wildlife, and Plants

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Develop a list of high-priority habitats in need of protection. View Tasks 6.1
Undertake long-term conservation decisions in coordination with existing “open space” and federal, state, and local habitat protection programs by 2015. View Tasks 6.2
Where appropriate, restore connections between aquatic habitats within the Lake Champlain Basin by managing or removing dams and other potential barriers (including in-lake barriers) to allow aquatic organism passage (AOP). View Tasks 6.3
Enhance and conserve riparian and wetland habitats. View Tasks 6.4
Conserve important wildlife corridors associated with riparian habitats. View Tasks 6.5
Restore native fish species and enhance Lake Champlain Basin fisheries. View Tasks 6.6
Develop a Lake-wide colonial water bird management plan. Undertake management activities consistent with goals set forth in the plan. View Tasks 6.7
Restore communities of native plants and high-priority habitats to benefit riparian restoration in the Lake Champlain Basin. View Tasks 6.8
Develop and implement recovery plans for federal, state, and provincially listed threatened and endangered species in the Lake Champlain Basin. View Tasks 6.9
Manage native fish, wildlife and plant species that become a nuisance. View Tasks 6.10
Use biological indicators to monitor change in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem. Continue assessment of species diversity and abundance. View Tasks 6.11
Opportunities for Future Actions: Identify research and monitoring projects that can improve management programs and conduct these projects when funding resources become available. View Tasks 6.12

Expand 7. Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants and Animals

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Prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into the Lake Champlain Basin. View Tasks 7.1
Reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species within the Lake Champlain Basin. View Tasks 7.2
Promote the early detection of and rapid response to aquatic invasive species entering the Lake Champlain Basin. View Tasks 7.3
Support cooperation with the public and local, regional, and national organizations to reduce aquatic invasive species threats. View Tasks 7.4
Support education and outreach efforts related to aquatic invasive species. View Tasks 7.5
Support comprehensive policy development, implementation, and enforcement in New York, Québec, and Vermont to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in the Lake Champlain Basin. View Tasks 7.6
Conduct targeted research related to aquatic invasive species within and adjacent to the Basin. View Tasks 7.7
Determine the impact of climate change on the spread and management of aquatic invasive species. View Tasks 7.8
Opportunities for Future Actions: Identify research and monitoring projects that can improve invasive species management programs and conduct these projects when funding resources become available. View Tasks 7.9

Expand 8. Effects of a Changing Climate on the Lake Champlain Ecosystem

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Enhance educator and student learning about watershed issues. View Tasks 3.1
Provide hands-on citizen action opportunities to improve the watershed and change behaviors that contribute to pollution. View Tasks 3.3
Estimate how climate change is altering the delivery of phosphorus to Lake Champlain and how it necessitates changes in implementation strategies. View Tasks 4.8
Provide education and outreach to encourage homeowners, industries, health care facilities, businesses, governmental agencies, and public institutions to prevent pollution and recycle by 2015. View Tasks 5.2
Conserve important wildlife corridors associated with riparian habitats. View Tasks 6.5
Restore native fish species and enhance Lake Champlain Basin fisheries. View Tasks 6.6
Use biological indicators to monitor change in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem. Continue assessment of species diversity and abundance. View Tasks 6.11
Determine the impact of climate change on the spread and management of aquatic invasive species. View Tasks 7.8
Develop adaptive management capacity to manage the anticipated impacts of climate change, particularly on the changing dynamics between hydrological processes and eutrophication. View Tasks 10.3

Expand 9. Cultural Heritage and Recreation Resources

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Provide support for needed historical and archeological research and accelerate the identification, evaluation, protection, and interpretation of heritage resources, including ethnographies of the cultures within the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. View Tasks 9.1
Manage a comprehensive online heritage resource database. View Tasks 9.2
Develop a voluntary stewardship program to strengthen non-regulatory protection of cultural and natural heritage resources. View Tasks 9.3
Develop and implement Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership cultural and natural heritage resource protection programs. View Tasks 9.4
Develop and implement a management strategy for underwater cultural heritage resources in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. View Tasks 9.5
Support initiatives that promote sustainable recreational activities that feature the natural, cultural, and historical resources in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. View Tasks 9.6
Increase and improve public access opportunities to the interconnected waterways of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership for diverse recreational activities. View Tasks 9.7
Support a public information program that emphasizes recreational ethics, public safety, sustainable use, and stewardship of cultural and natural resources. View Tasks 9.8
Connect, promote, and improve cultural and natural heritage sites through interpretation. View Tasks 9.9
Support the use of interpretive themes to link resources within the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. View Tasks 9.10
Promote cultural exchanges and international scholarship programs. View Tasks 9.11
Produce coordinated education programs for students. View Tasks 9.12
Support professional development among Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership stakeholders, including an annual heritage partnership conference. View Tasks 9.13
Encourage cooperation and enhance communication among partners within the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. View Tasks 9.14
Support and encourage cooperation to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. View Tasks 9.15
Develop and maintain a consistent regional brand related to the interpretive themes of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. View Tasks 9.16
Use the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership website to promote the region. View Tasks 9.17
Support the development of bilingual materials, interpretation, and services. View Tasks 9.18
Promote energy efficiency and resource conservation among Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership partners. View Tasks 9.19
Prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species and limit the spread of established aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership region. View Tasks 9.20
Prevent the introduction of new terrestrial invasive species (TIS) in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership region. View Tasks 9.21
Focus on land-use changes and effects of stormwater runoff on water quality. View Tasks 9.22
Promote sustainable agriculture practices in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. View Tasks 9.23

Expand 10. Sustainable Economic Development in the Lake Champlain Basin

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Conduct full cost studies of the effectiveness of various policy and management initiatives, including water-pricing policy, stormwater utilities, farm management incentives, and point and nonpoint source regulation in the Basin to date. View Tasks 10.1
Develop a scenario analysis with broad stakeholder input to evaluate various policy and management initiatives. View Tasks 10.2
Develop adaptive management capacity to manage the anticipated impacts of climate change, particularly on the changing dynamics between hydrological processes and eutrophication. View Tasks 10.3
Complete an ecosystem assessment of the Lake Champlain Basin. View Tasks 10.4

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