Protecting the health of Lake Champlain is our priority.
As its owners, we all are the collective voice for Lake Champlain, Vermont’s greatest natural resource. The health of our lake is vital to the cultural and economic development of our community therefore we must consider the lake’s environment foremost in the development of all programs. This practice holds us accountable for our actions and decisions.
To ensure we are active lake stewards, our WAVES Initiative guides us to maintain our mission of protecting Lake Champlain for Lake Access. Life Lessons. For All.
WAVES Initiatives Elements:
WAVES Activities: In every youth program students participate in experiential lessons that connect them to the lake’s ecosystem and history. These lessons connect lake health issues with every individual.
Marine Debris Challenge: Partnering with the Rozalia Project’s trash data collection efforts, every week a group of youth pick up litter along the shoreline before it enters Lake Champlain. Data is tallied and entered into a national database.
Clean Regattas: We partner with Sailors for the Seas to certify sustainable regattas and utilize best practices to reduce impacts from our on-the-water events.
LAY Monitoring: Our staff and students act as citizen scientists with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation LAY Monitoring program and conduct weekly water quality tests in Burlington Harbor. The water quality samples we take assist the state in assessing phosphorus, chlorophyll, turbidity, and invasive species in Lake Champlain. Every year the state compiles this information for an annual report on the lake’s water quality.
Blue-Green Algae Monitoring: With the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC), we monitor for blue-green algae blooms in Burlington Harbor. This monitoring not only aids the LCC, but also allows us to stay informed and educated about blue-green algae around our site.
Bike Rack: With support from Outdoor Gear Exchange we were able to build a bike rack for our facility, encouraging users to minimize their carbon footprint by biking or walking to the Center.
Future WAVES Initiatives Elements:
Our New Net-Zero Waterfront Campus!