About the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds

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The Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds is a volunteer coalition of lake associations and individuals.

From its inception in 1972 as an organization of lake associations in northern Vermont to its evolution into a statewide organization in 2001, the Federation remains dedicated to fostering water quality standards and preserving Vermont lakes, ponds, watersheds, and aquatic ecosystems for this and future generations.

The Federation is a robust network of lake associations, individual members, and business members. It is overseen by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The Board and nearly all of our association and individual members are volunteers who give thousands of hours each year to the work of protecting and enhancing the health of Vermont’s public waters.

We support these volunteer lake associations and all who care about Vermont’s waters by providing education and outreach on issues pertaining to the protection and enhancement of Vermont’s lakes. We do this by sponsoring virtual and in-person programs on a variety of topics that feature expert speakers from around the country. Among our events is the annual Lake Seminar held on the first Friday of June each year, co-sponsored with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and our Annual Membership meeting which includes both a business meeting and a speaker program – held on the Thursday after Labor Day each year, and other webinars and events throughout the year. We also provide up-to-date information and educational materials in our newsletter, our Facebook page, and our website.

The Federation also advocates for policies and legislation that benefit and protect our lakes and ponds and represents the issues and concerns of our members to the state legislature and state officials. We particularly focus on policies and legislation that promote best practices, fund water quality and lake protection programs and ensure that Vermont’s public waters are preserved and protected for future generations. We also provide extensive information on legislative and policy matters relating to water and lake issues for our members and provide support for our members to participate in the legislative process.

Core Values of the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds

  • Education and Outreach: We offer science-based educational seminars and outreach, and we are a conduit for providing assistance and expertise for water quality and ecosystem health to lake associations, watershed organizations, and communities.
  • Collaboration: We work with state and municipal entities, lake associations, watershed organizations, other conservation organizations and all who use and care about our lakes and ponds.
  • Stewardship: We are responsible for protecting our water resources for future generations.
  • Advocacy and Leadership: We are committed to taking a strong leadership role in advocating for the health and protection of Vermont’s lakes and ponds.
  • Transparency, Integrity, Dignity, Respect, Civility: We conduct ourselves in this way as an organization and individually in all of our interactions with each other and with our membership, partners, stakeholders, and the general public.
  • Diversity, Equity, Teamwork: We do our best work when all voices are heard and when we work together as a team.

Nonprofit Status

The Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds is incorporated in the State of Vermont as a 501c(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.

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