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Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
6 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, Vermont 05478

We are working to ensure a healthy ecosystem and soils for a sustainable food system now and in the future.


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Denise Smith
Executive Director 802-355-0694
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Denise grew up in the Eastern Townships of Canada, the Alps of France, and finally landed on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont. Her summer adventures led by her father, a structural engineer, centered around seeking structurally fascinating bridges that spanned beautiful bodies of water and lots of camping and mountain activities. Over the course of her professional career Denise has focused on mission driven work that improves the lives of people and the environment. In her current role as the Executive Director for the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain she leads people to explore solutions to the degradation of watersheds and is concerned with the impacts it is having on the local community and economy. The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain’s current projects are focused on reducing the amount of phosphorous in the watershed and engaging the community in a larger conversation about climate resilience and creating a culture of clean water. She lives in St. Albans, Vermont with her husband, Tim and their three children, Mackenzie, Duffy, and Nellie. She still enjoys adventures that involve bridges and water bodies and continues to hike, camp, and ski with her own family and their dog, Iris.


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