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Disconnect the Champlain Canal from Lake Champlain
  • Petitioned Congressman Sheldon Silver

This petition was delivered to:

Speaker of the House, New York
Congressman Sheldon Silver
Assembly District 114, New York State
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
Assembly District 113, New York State
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward
45th Senate District, New York State
Senator Betty Little
Governor, New York State
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Senator, New York
Senator Charles Schumer
Chair, Environmental Conservation Committee
Assemblyman Robert Sweeny
New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Disconnect the Champlain Canal from Lake Champlain

    1. Lake Champlain International
    2. Petition by

      Lake Champlain International

      Colchester, VT

The man-made Champlain Canal must be disconnected from Lake Champlain immediately. Approximately 20 invasive species have already been introduced to Lake Champlain through the canal, and the spiny waterflea threatens to be the next invasive species that invades Lake Champlain. Like other lakes in the U.S., the Lake Champlain ecosystem, including fish and wildlife, and the surrounding economy will be significantly compromised with the invasion of the spiny waterflea.  It is estimated that the total annual cost of invasives linked to the canal is nearly $500 million (Pimentel, 2005; http://bit.ly/Ozpywt), clearly illustrating the economic importance of disconnecting the canal from Lake Champlain.  With 5,000 pleasure boats using the canal each year (Dan Weiller, spokesman for the NY State Canal Corp), it costs $100,000 of public funds per boat to keep the canal open.

Numerous options exist to close the canal while accomodating boat traffic. Funding has already been set aside to cover the costs of closing the canal.

"It certainly affects a lot of people in New York, and I have gotten them the money, so it is really a no-brainer," Senator Leahy said about closing the Champlain Canal. "How many species have to come in before they do something?"

Completed in 1823, the 60-mile long Champlain canal connected Lake Champlain to the Hudson river for the first time.  At its peak, thousands of people used the canal to transport goods and for transportation, but today the canal is primarily used by recreational boaters and some commercial vessels.

“Assertions that New York cannot close the canal at any time for any reason simply do not stand up.  A simple check of the Canal Corporation website reveals that emergency canal closures are standard operating procedure – in fact a portion of the Erie Canal is closed today," Senator Leahy pointed out.

Please sign and share this petition to protect Lake Champlain and the regional economy from destructive invasive species.

You can learn more about the effort to disconnect the canal here: http://bit.ly/ChampCanal

You can also read "Feasibility of Champlain Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier Options" for suggested solutions on how to close the canal: http://www.uvm.edu:8889/~seagrant/communications/assets/ansbarrierrprt06.pdf

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Keith Corodimas FOREST, VA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I grew up in Plattsburgh fishing Lake Champlain, and I visit each summer for more of the same.

    • Brett Baker PERU, NY
      • 11 months ago

      We have too many invasive already the stop of all others should be a top priority lets get this passed and taken care of

    • Jesse Humphrey SAINT ALBANS, VT
      • about 1 year ago

      the salmon fishing in he island sea is already pretty much ruined because of the white perch taking over the water columns. No need for more fish that we dont need in the lake.. have plenty of restoring of the native fish to do.

    • Tucker Huntsman HINESBURG, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      lake champlain is my home and I do not want it ruined by all these nasty little critters. Enough of the lake has already been destroyed by the other things that have come through that canal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kerry Kurt STARKSBORO, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      I grew up on Lake Champlain swimming and snorkelling every summer day. The effects of the zebra mussel alone has totaly changed the ecology - the life that can been seen and enjoyed. One added species or one less species upsets the balance of the entire ecosystem. Why does someone's afternoon of boating recreation hold greater influence with you then an entire ancient lake system. It is a clear example of eco-inequality - where the roar of motors qre being allowed to silence the laughter of generations of children and the cry of the loon.


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