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The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that state environment officials are still trying to contain an outbreak of destructive feral hogs around the town of Peru, on the fringe of the Adirondack Park. “DEC is continuing...
Over the weekend, people gathered from New York and Vermont to celebrate the completion of the new Lake Champlain Bridge, from Crown Point to Addison. The hero of the day was bridge designer and world-renowned architect Ted Zoli, who was born in...
Yikes.  The big Laurentian Aerospace project, widely seen as the Next Big Thing for Northeastern New York, has been snagged for years as it seeks to lock down private financing.  (New York state has already offered up a generous incentive...
The Burlington Free Press notes that a year ago today the waters of Lake Champlain rose above flood stage, launching a battle for survival that gripped the valley for months.  (The lake didn’t drop below flood stage again until June...
Back in January, NCPR’s Brian Mann reported on the feral pig problem in the North Country. The story garnered a lot of comments, probably because of its juicy headline–”Feral Hogs Invade Champlain Valley,...


Special Reports

Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History
Wreck diving off Burlington, the Battle of Valcour Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
Fort Ticonderoga's Grand Encampment
Fort Ticonderoga, a bottleneck of history—a visit to the annual "grand encampment" where stories of the French and Indian War and the Revolution come to life amid the sounds of fifes, drums and cannon fire.
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Invasive spiny water flea confirmed in Lake Champlain

Spiny water flea has officially officially arrived in Lake Champlain.

Spiny water flea is an invasive species, a small crustacean that fouls fishing lines, eats other zooplankton, and can disrupt the food web.  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

It's not easy to control invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water flea once they've established themselves in a waterbody. But scientists have learned how to control some of the region's other water-borne pests, including sea lampreys.

Lampreys attach to fish and suck out their body fluids. Environmental officials from Vermont and New York regularly treat rivers and deltas leading into Lake Champlain with lampricides to control the lamprey population.

Two years ago reporter Sarah Harris joined scientists as they treated the Saranac River delta in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She sent this report.  Go to full article
Reenactors portraying British soldiers advance through the woods at Beekmantown in a 2012 commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris

Events mark Battle of Plattsburgh's bicentennial

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Two weeks of events will lead up to next month's commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812.

The festivities kick off Friday night with a showing of the silent film "Old Ironsides" at Plattsburgh's Strand Theater.  Go to full article
Sprayer booms on the treatment boat apply the lampricide in the Saranac River delta leading into Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain lamprey treatment set

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Federal fish and wildlife officials along with their counterparts in Vermont and New York have set the fall schedule for treating Lake Champlain...  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Officials to discuss Champlain Valley oil trains

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A public forum is planned to discuss oil train safety in the eastern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.

The forum Thursday evening in...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh man dead of stab wounds after fight

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A 49-year-old Plattsburgh man is dead and his friend's neighbor is charged with murder after a backyard argument escalated into a knife fight.
...  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Discussion: oil tanker train traffic through the North Country

Tonight at the Whallonsburg Grange, community leaders and members of the public from the Champlain Valley will gather to talk about oil train traffic and new concerns about...  Go to full article
Phosphorus used in gardens can contribute to algae blooms in lakes, like this one in 2012. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper

Algae bloom alert issued in St. Albans Bay

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) Health officials have issued a high alert for blue-green algae in St. Albans Bay.  Go to full article
Sunset view looking west at the 1838 "Old Stone Barracks" at Plattsburgh, New York. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Stone_Barracks#mediaviewer/File:OldStoneBarracks.jpg">SmedleyButler</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Group adds Plattsburgh's Old Stone Barracks to "save" list

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Pre-Civil War barracks on the grounds of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base have been added to a preservation organization's list of the most threatened...  Go to full article
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC

NY wants to help you buy a high efficiency wood furnace

Winter's still somewhat far off. But North Country residents who burn wood to heat their homes are already stacking cords for seasoning.

According to state...  Go to full article

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