Every five years, the Lake Champlain Basin Program issues a report on the environmental indicators of Lake Champlain. The 2012 State of the Lake report shows that phosphorous and invasive aquatic species are still the leading threats to the lake ecosystem. The good news is that mercury levels in fish are dropping. We look at the picture of the lake’s health painted by the 2012 report with Bill Howland, Basin program manager, and David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. We also asses how the major flood events of 2011 affected the trajectory of major indicators of the lake.
Link: 2012 State of the Lake Report (Note: This report is a large file, PDF 11.5mb)
Also in the program: the Fresh Air Fund, which pairs low-income kids from New York City with host families in Vermont. Many host families forge close bonds with children who stay with them year after year. That’s been the experience of Deb Olsen of Charlotte, whose family has been a Fresh Air Fund host for 17 years.
And we visit the longest-running crafts fair in the country, which opened last weekend in our region. About 200 exhibitors from both sides of the Connecticut River are showcasing their wares at the 79th New Hampshire Crafts Fair.