Maintaining A Healthy Lake Champlain Ecosytem sign now

We, the Undersigned, fully support a comprehensive, permanent sea lamprey control program in the Lake Champlain basin of the State of Vermont, including chemical lampricide applications when deemed necessary by objective science.

We consider sea lamprey control measures necessary to balance the needs of all aquatic species found in the Lake Champlain basin with the human community that depends on them. The hypothetical needs of any one species should not be balanced on the demonstrable "back" of another. We believe, therefore, that sea lamprey populations in Lake Champlain are socially and economically unacceptable. Furthermore, their numbers within native ecosystem of the Lake Champlain basin are scientifically unjustifiable.

Based on past and present research regarding the safety and efficacy of lampricide treatments, and based on proven sea lamprey control successes previously achieved by historical chemical applications, we encourage resumption of continued, timely applications of lampricide in all waters where sea lamprey ammocetes are known to be present, including, and especially, the infested Lewis Creek.

While vocal detractors of sea lamprey control inflate lampricides alleged effects on non-target aquatic species, repeated and objective tests show current application levels an insignificant threat to ecological integrity. Alternatively, sea lamprey depredation is causing severe suffering to, and declines in, populations and distribution of other aquatic organisms. This cannot be allowed to continue as it is neither in the best interest of the endangered lake sturgeon, nor prized game fish such as lake trout and Atlantic salmon, to delay or reduce Lake Champlain sea lamprey control implementation.

Therefore, lampricide treatments must go forward in Lewis Creek and elsewhere in the Lake Champlain basin, in the best interest of the people of the State of Vermont, the people of the State of New York, and all others who enjoy and depend on a healthy Lake Champlain. These treatments are necessary to restore a much-needed balance in the Lake Champlain ecosystem, and must continue on an effective, systematic basis until more efficient or effective methods of control have been perfected and can be implemented.

As Senator Leahy has said, "The harm done by sea lamprey on the Lake Champlain fishery is substantial and poses real threats to recreational fishing, to the overall health of our fish population, and to our regions tourism economy." According to the Opportunities for Action Plan produced by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, anglers annually spend $205 million fishing Lake Champlain, patronizing 98 fishing-related businesses within ten miles of the lake.

We strongly encourage the State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Jonathan Wood and Department of Health Commissioner Wendy Davis, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Justin Johnson and Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche to move forward in controlling this destructive, nuisance parasite. We strongly support continued, safe usage of lampricide while other effective means are explored, and strongly support an environmental philosophy inclusive, not exclusive, of human interest and values.

Populations of various nuisance species reaching epidemic levels are routinely controlled using pesticides and herbicides to reduce economic losses to agricultural production, to protect human health, to protect habitat, to aid in restoration of endangered species, and even to bring greater comfort to humans. To consider the sea lamprey epidemic currently extant in the Lake Champlain basin as merely a nuisance is a gross under-representation of biological truth.

Please approve the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife's lampricide application permits for Lewis Creek expeditiously.

Thank you.

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  • 15 December 2015697. Jody W
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 2015696. Wayne A
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2015695. Robert M
    keep the momentum going, don't stop the treatments Town, State Colchester, VT On behalf of organization? No Name of organization? (If answering "yes" above) CVTU
  • 29 November 2015694. Ross R
    I support this petition
  • 27 November 2015693. Richard S
    we must never allow this to be discontinued again! Town, State Milton, Vermont On behalf of organization? No
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  • 18 November 2015690. Mark K
    I'd like to see the lamprey control measures continued on Lake Champlain, its far too valueable a resource to let it go to waste by this parasite. Town, State Milton, Vermont On behalf of organization? No
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    I approve of lamprey control methods that are being proposed Town, State Hinesburg Vt. On behalf of organization? No
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    Keep up the good work,,We need to have good control of this for a healthy fishing environment Town, State pomona,ny On behalf of organization? No
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    keep up the good work Town, State Rutland Town On behalf of organization? No
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    I lived in Putney for my first teaching job, and Vermont is a cold place but warm in my heart's memory Town, State Teaneck, New jersey On behalf of organization? No

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Rachelle DiazBy:
Nature and EnvironmentIn:
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Governor of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources Secretary, and Vermont Commissioners of the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health and Department of Fish and Wildlife

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