Countless partners – including federal, state, and provincial agencies, watershed and conservation groups, heritage and recreation organizations, and local citizens – are working to prevent pollution and protect, restore, enhance, and enjoy the water quality of the Lake Champlain Basin. OFA provides a common road map for all of the various partners in New York, Québec, and Vermont. While many different groups may work on any given task in order to accomplish a general action, the tasks presented in Chapters 3 through 10 are associated with potential “lead partners” who can play a pivotal role in accomplishing the goals of this plan in order to protect Lake Champlain. The organizations, agencies, and jurisdictions identified as lead partners for the tasks are the signatories of OFA and will be responsible for addressing progress and periodically updating the status of each task. Information about these lead partners can be found below.
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The Lake Champlain Basin Program works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, private organizations, academic institutions, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin's water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.
Lake Champlain Basin Program
The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative was created through a written agreement in 1973 by the USFWS, the NYSDEC, and the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife. The Cooperative Agreement, which has been updated several times, created a Policy Committee consisting of program directors from the three agencies and management and technical committees of agency staff. The Cooperative works closely with the Québec Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune.
Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative
Phone: 802.872.0629 x 12 (David A. Tilton, Project Leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office)
Lake Champlain Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the University of Vermont and Plattsburgh State University of New York and part of a national network coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its mission is to identify and address critical ecological and economic issues affecting the Lake Champlain Basin and its resources and to share that information. It empowers communities, businesses, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding the management, conservation, utilization, and rehabilitation of their aquatic resources for long-term environmental health and economic growth.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant
Phone: 802.656.4280 (Mary Watzin, Director)
New York State agencies administer a number of critically important resource management programs, including water-quality protection programs, wetlands protection programs, fish and wildlife management programs, and recreation and cultural resource programs.
Department of Agriculture & Markets
The Department of Agriculture and Markets is committed to fostering a competitive food and agriculture industry in New York State that benefits producers and consumers alike. In the Lake Champlain Basin, we are working diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard our local food supply.
Department of Environmental Conservation
Phone: 518.897.1262 (Fred Dunlap, NY Lake Champlain Coordinator)
Department of Health
Department of State
Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's primary economic development agency. Its mission is to promote business investment and growth that leads to job creation and prosperous communities across New York State. ESD works in collaboration with OFA partners and stakeholders to ensure healthy and diverse economic activity in the Lake Champlain Basin through the protection of this vital natural resource. ESD's focus is on the Basin's direct and indirect economic impact in the region and securing the viability of several of New York's major industry sectors including tourism and agriculture.
Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) administers Crown Point Historic Site and Point Au Roche, Cumberland Bay, Crab Island, and Macomb Reservation State Parks on over 2,100 acres of land in the Lake Champlain Basin. The mission of OPRHP is to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources. As part of OPRHP's commitment to providing safe recreation and improving water quality, sampling is conducted at bathing beaches on Lake Champlain, and water quality protection strategies have been implemented.
Phone: 518.486.2909 (Mark Hohengasser, Park Planner)
Agencies in the Province of Québec administer a number of critically important resource management programs, including water-quality protection programs, wetlands protection programs, fish and wildlife management programs, and recreation and cultural resource programs.
Ministère de lAgriculture, des Pêcheries et de lAlimentation
Le MAPAQ souhaite aider les producteurs agricoles à relever les défis qui se posent aujourd'hui à l'égard des aspects suivants:
- la protection de l'environnement
- la cohabitation harmonieuse sur le territoire
- la qualité de l'eau
- la réduction ou l'évitement des émissions de gaz à effet de serre
Ministère de la Santé et Services sociaux
The MSSS's Environmental Health Direction of the Montérégie Region (which includes the Missisquoi Bay Watershed) is a multidisciplinary jurisdiction comprised of various partners and professionals which aims to prevent and manage health problems that result from pollution and environmental degradation. The team monitors environmental quality, receives alerts, and investigates concerns in order to develop health-based policies or advisories and to provide current and accurate information to the public. The mission of the Environmental Health Direction of Montérégie is achieved in collaboration with the public health network and numerous other partners and agencies.
Phone: 450.928.6777 x 4052
Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
The mission of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune is to promote knowledge acquisition and to ensure the development and optimal use of land, energy, forestry and mineral resources in Québec from a sustainable development perspective, for the benefit of the entire population.
Ministère du Développement durable, de lEnvironnement et des Parcs
The mission of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs is to protect the environment and natural ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. Its leading role is to promote sustainable development and, in keeping with that responsibility, it aims to keep the environment healthy within the confines of economic development and social progress.
Phone: 450.928.7607 x 323 (Martin Mimeault, QC Lake Champlain Coordinator)
The US Army Corps of Engineers is authorized by Section 542 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (revised 2007) to provide assistance with planning, designing, and implementing projects that contribute to protection and enhancement of the Lake Champlain water quality, water supply, ecosystem, and other water-related issues while preserving and enhancing the economic and social character of the communities within the watershed.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Phone: 917.790.8632 (Ms. Jenifer Thalhauser, Project Manager)
The US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service provides financial and technical assistance for conservation plans and best management practices for controlling nonpoint source pollution and especially for preventing pollution from agricultural runoff.
The US Environmental Protection Agency provides financial and technical support to the states for implementing several federal environmental programs and is responsible for enforcement of the Clean Water Act and other key environmental laws. It ensures that all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn, and work.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service cooperates with the states in the management of fish and wildlife resources, carries out site-specific habitat restoration projects, operates a National Wildlife Refuge and a National Fish Hatchery in the Basin, and helps ensure that the actions of other federal agencies are consistent with the needs for fish and wildlife conservation.
Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office
The Lake Champlain Office works in Vermont and New York through cooperative agreements with partners on sea lamprey control to restore fisheries and to restore aquatic, wetland, and riparian habitats in the Lake Champlain, Connecticut River, and Hudson River watersheds.
State of Vermont agencies administer a number of critically important resource management programs, including water-quality protection programs, wetlands protection programs, fish and wildlife management programs, and recreation and cultural resource programs.
Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets consists of four divisions. The Agricultural Development Division provides a leadership role in developing local, regional, national, and international markets for Vermont products. The division of Agricultural Resource Management and Environmental Stewardship, or Plant Industry, regulates pesticides, feed, seed, and fertilizers, and administers the state’s agricultural water quality programs including AAPs, and the LFO and MFO laws. It also provides technical assistance and cost shares to farmers to insure compliance of these programs. The Food Safety and Consumer Protection division consists of four sections: Animal Heath, Consumer Protection, Dairy, and Meat Inspection. The Administration Division oversees the operation of the Agency and protects the interests of the consumer and the agricultural community in the state, region, and nation.
Agency of Commerce & Community Development: Department of Tourism and Marketing
The health of Lake Champlain - and access to it and its associated cultural, heritage, hospitality, and service organizations and businesses - significantly enhances the quality of life in Vermont and serves to attract and retain a variety of Vermont businesses. The Agency's Department of Tourism and Marketing promotes the Lake Champlain Basin as a travel destination that figures prominently in supporting a diverse and vital Vermont economy.
Phone: 802.828.3683 (Catherine Brooks, Cultural Heritage Tourism Coordinator)
Agency of Commerce & Community Development: Division for Historic Preservation
The Division for Historic Preservation works to keep Vermont's historic villages and downtowns; historic buildings, structures, and landscapes; and 12,000 years of archaeological heritage as vital parts of our communities and state. The Division's programs support continued use of historic buildings, protecting and interpreting archaeological sites, and assisting communities in adopting preservation-based development practices. The Division also operates a statewide system of State-owned Historic Sites which interpret Vermont's history and heritage.
Agency of Natural Resources
More than six hundred scientists and professionals at the agency are dedicated to protecting and improving the health of Vermont's people and ecosystems and promoting the sustainable use of Vermont's natural resources. Through the three departments - the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (FWD) and the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) - the agency serves as a focal point for environmental protection. The DEC administers most of the Agency's regulatory programs plus several voluntary pollution and waste reduction programs. The FWD manages Vermont's fisheries and wildlife resources, enforces the state's hunting and fishing laws, and studies and inventories nongame wildlife species and natural communities. The FPR operates the Vermont State Parks system, manages state forests and natural areas, and provides assistance in the areas of forestry, recreation, and conservation education.
Phone: 802.241.3619 (Michaela Stickney, VT Lake Champlain Coordinator)
Agency of Transportation
VTrans is responsible for the state's transportation network. The Agency's construction projects and transportation operations adhere to all environmental permitting requirements. In addition, the agency is working with UVM researchers and municipal, regional and state agency partners on research and planning efforts to better understand the effects of transportation infrastructure on water quality and is taking proactive steps to address urban runoff and storm water in the Lake Champlain Basin and throughout the state.
Phone: 802.828.5756 (Gina Campoli, Environmental Policy Manager)
Department of Health
The Department of Health is the state’s lead agency for public health policy and advocacy. The goal of the Department of Health is to minimize risks to humans from water-related health hazards, both biological and chemical, in the Lake Champlain Basin by collaborating with stakeholders to develop health-based policy and by providing current and accurate public information about the Lake.
Phone: 802.863.7200 (For Blue-green Algae info: Linda Boccuzzo, 802.865.7737)