Lake Champlain Protection Tips

Once in a while, our cars and trucks will spring a leak and drip fluids on roads and driveways.

Rain gardens have been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason.  Not only do they help prevent water pollution from causing problems in the lake such as algae blooms and pathogen out

What’s that smell?  Oh, you stepped in dog poop again.  Not only is the smell of dog waste on the bottom of your shoe offensive, but so is what happens when it runs off into the lake after the next

Heavy rain is not generally the best friend of streams, rivers, and lakes.  Rain builds up as gravity shoots it across hard surfaces such as roads, driveways, and parking lots picking up pollutants

How tall is your grass?  That might sound like a strange question, but keeping your grass 3 inches or taller can be very helpful to the health of Lake Champlain.  That’s not all, though–mowing your

Water pollutants aren’t only toxic in water—they can be harmful when on land, too.  This is certainly the case with coal-tar from driveway and parking lot sealants.  If you have a paved driveway an

You have probably heard by now…it’s algae bloom season in Lake Champlain, unfortunately.  Every year, algae blooms make horse flies seem almost enjoyable, but we can actually do something to preven

Who told you that money doesn’t grow on trees?  It certainly does.  Plant a tree this weekend and you could be saving $75 soon.  Plant two, save even more.  According to the 

Just like leaves and other lawn debris can be used to create a nutrient rich compost for your lawn or garden, this lawn debris can also contribute lots of nutrients to the lake.  If carried into th

As we wash our vehicles a few last times before the snow flies, water runoff from rinsing the soap off is still something to consider.  Some car washing soaps contain phosphorus and other chemicals

A potential ticking time bomb that many people overlook, clogged gutters can create avoidable problems for your home, driveway, and our rivers and lakes.  When properly maintained, though, gutters

Most of us have old unused medicines in cabinets and closets around the house or apartment.  When it’s time to clean the cabinets and closets out, what do you do with these unwanted pharmaceuticals

Showers, dishes, laundry, washing our hands, flushing the toilet – it all goes down the drain into either your septic tank or waste water treatment facility.

Ready or not, here it comes! Snow and ice is on the way, which means that it’s time to get ready to clear our sidewalks and driveways.

This tip is for those who have a private septic system and want to save money and protect our rivers and Lake Champlain.

You can help prevent closed beaches and unsafe water in Lake Champlain right from inside your own home.  Simply make sure that your dish and laundry detergents are phosphorus-free.  They cost the s

You may have heard that vinegar can kill weeds outside, but did you know that vinegar can also kill

Our homes, lawns, driveways, and roads contribute a good amount of pollution to Lake Champlain; just about half, in fact.  That includes what goes down the toilet and drain and the water that runs

Past weekly tips to protect Lake Champlain have been focused on only half of the lake’s pollution source – our homes, lawns, and driveways.

The Holidays are often celebrated with meals and treats cooked and baked right at home. But how do baking pies and cooking ham dinners help protect Lake Champlain?

When you have weeds in your driveway or walkway and pesky insects eating your favorite lily plants or fruit trees, do you reach for that bottle of chemical spray?  Want to know a secret?

Do you have a downspout that empties into your driveway?  Simply turn the downspout away from the driveway and into a vegetated area.  You can even add an extension to the end of the downspout to r