'98 Partnership Program Awards
May 1998 the New York-Vermont Citizens Advisory
Committees (CACs) on Lake Champlain announced
Partnership Program awards for 22 organizations (out
of forty strong applicants) within the Lake
Champlain Basin. Funding, which totaled $70,000, was
made available through the Lake Champlain Basin
Program from the U.S. EPA and the National Park
Service. This marks the sixth year that Partnership
Program awards have been made to grassroots projects
that demonstrate practical ways to address economic
and conservation challenges. Recipients designed
projects that enhance cultural, recreational and
natural resource issues facing the Lake Champlain
These fortunate 22 recipients include:
The "Land for
Learning" program, hailing from Moriah Central
School. The school received $4,000 to complete a
self-guided educational and recreational trail on
The city of Vergennes
received $2,800 to fund the completion of "The
Vermont Guidebook: Touring Vermont’s Oldest City."
This book will focus on the cultural, recreational,
historical and natural resources within the oldest
city in the Lake Champlain Basin.
Foundation secured $2,500 for their "Final
Intervale Land Restoration." The funds will help
pay for operational costs associated with land
management of the final 80 acres of tillable land
along the Winooski River, seeking to restore this
land to agricultural production.
The Village of
Saranac Lake, via the River Corridor Commission, has
received $5,000 for their "Saranac Lake River
Corridor Commission Riverbank Stabilization Effort."
The money will be used to stabilize the embankment
along the Dorsey Street Bridge, halting further
erosion, protecting the pedestrian walkway and
enhancing public access to the river for fishing.
The Otter Creek
Audubon Society received $2,000 for their
"Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative." The
money will be utilized to support the first year of
opperations of the Riverwatch Collaborative.
The Arvin A. Brown
Public Library secured $500 for their "Missisquoi
River Dynamics/Canoe Course." This sum will be
used to help share the costs of canoe rentals, which
will be used to introduce area youth to canoeing on
the Missisquoi River.
Conservancy is set to receive $5,000 for their
"Field Barn Stabilization" program. The money
will be used to stabilize an early nineteenth
century field barn located on the Buckner Preserve
in West Haven, VT.
The Vermont Youth
Conservation Corps will receive $2,500 to go towards
the "Youth Corps State Park Improvements"
program. The program plans to help reclaim the
trails and picnic areas, repair historic structures
and provide safe recreational facilities and
educational programs at state parks within the Lake
will receive $4,500 to go towards "The Winooski
Mills: Economic, Social and Ecological Impact"
program. This will incorporate a teachers workshop,
development of curriculum materials for middle and
high school teachers, creating museum exhibits and
designing school tours based on Winooski’s early
twentieth century textile mill industry.
The Green Mountain
Audubon Society will receive $4,200 for the
"Northern Lake Champlain Endangered and Threatened
Species Project." The Audubon Society in
partnership with the VT Nongame and Natural Heritage
Program and the Missiquoi National Wildlife Refuge
will monitor and protect some of the lake’s
waterbirds including the Osprey, the Common Tern and
The Vermont Museum
and Gallery Alliance will receive $3,000 for their
"Mentors in the Champlain Basin" program. The
funds will go towards providing a mentoring program
that reaches museums, galleries and historical
societies in the Lake Champlain Basin. The result is
an improved network between cultural institutions in
Vermont and New York, as well as improvement in
practices and visitor services at each site.
The Lake Champlain
Maritime Museum will receive $2,500 for their
"Boat-building/Sailing Program for Youths at Risk."
The museum will offer eight at-risk youths an
opportunity to learn boat building and sailing
The Richmond Land
Trust is set to receive $3,000 for their
"Preserving our Agricultural Heritage-Historic
Monitor Barns Project." This project involves
the preservation of three historic farmsteads,
including two monitor barns and one thousand
surrounding acres and efforts to attract sustainable
agriculture and forestry enterprises to these
Conservation Board has secured $4,000 for their
"Burlington Guidelines for Stormwater Pollutant
Reduction" project. The money will be used to
develop guidelines for the best management practices
designed to minimize pollutant loads for stormwater
runoff. One major goal of the project is to include
a comprehensive source mitigation plan emphasizing
long-term strategies and community involvement.
The Boquet River
Association is anticipating $2,000 for the
"Gilleland History/Natural Foot and Canoe Trail."
The money will go towards improving canoe and small
boat access for the public at the proposed Willsboro
Falls Park, upstream from the Noblewood Park on Lake
UVM is set to receive
$3,000 for the "Otter Creek Heritage Corridor"
project. The money will be utilized to produce a
heritage guide booklet and map of the Otter Creek
watershed. The guide will be designed to encompass
the history, architecture, engineering and natural
resources within the Otter Creek watershed.
The Adirondack Nature
Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust will receive
$5,000 for the "Coon Mountain Preserve/Split Rock
Link" program. The money will be used to further
the establishment of a wildlife corridor and hiking
trail between two public preserves in the Champlain
Valley. By providing a land link between the Coon
Mountain preserve and Split Rock Mountain Forest
Preserve, Lake Champlain could be linked to an
inland hiking destination and 4,993 contiguous acres
The Village of
Whitehall, NY will receive $3,000 for the
"B.A.C.S.T.O.P. Summer ‘98’"program. The money
will be implemented towards a summer youth program
for at-risk youth ages 7-17. Students will become
involved in Lake Champlain activities such as
hand-pulling water chestnuts and documenting graves
of individuals from the Revolutionary War and the
War of 1812.
Whitehall Junior and
Senior High Schools will receive $1,500 for the
"East Bay (Poultney River) Watershed Improvement"
program. The money will go towards reviving the East
Bay area of the Poultney River adjacent to the Bald
Mountain Preserve and the South Lake.
The Lake Champlain
Chapter of Trout Unlimited has been allotted $1,200
for their "Adopt-a-Salmon Family" program.
The money will to towards expanding the program
efforts into two additional school districts located
in Clinton and Essex Counties of New York.
The Lake Champlain
Committee has secured $5,000 for their "Lake
Champlain Bilingual Boating Publication." The
money will go towards the printing of ten thousand
copies of the publication which promotes
environmentally sound boating practices, boating
safety tips and information on invasive species in a
usable format for boaters.
In addition to the
other allotment, the Lake Champlain Committee has
received $2,000 for the "Lake Champlain Paddler’s
Trail Outreach Project." The money will go
towards working with the Champlain Kayak Club,
federal and state agencies and a private tour
company to print a guidebook on the 19 sites which
will be open or available for designation as a
paddlers’ site in 1998.