Raise the Blade research

Lake Champlain Sea Grant, UVM, and UVM Extension are researching if differences in soil and grass health exist between lawn cut to 2" and lawn cut to 3" where clippings are allowed to decompose. Ten local businesses/organizations have allowed us to use a portion of their lawn to manage and study over time. 

Results will be posted here over time.

Thanks to the following businesses/organizations for allowing us to use your lawn for this research study!

Road Salt and Deicing Conference


Kris Stepenuck

(802) 656-8504

Email: kris.stepenuck@uvm.edu

Corrina Parnapy

(802) 778-3178

Email: corrina@winooskinrcd.org



Burlington--On Sept. 29 University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District will host the first Lake Champlain Watershed Deicing Conference.

Posted August 30, 2017

Raise the Blade Lawn Care

Seeking Local Businesses to Participate as Research or Demonstration Sites for Lawn Care Best Practices

Lake Champlain Sea Grant and partner organizations are seeking businesses within the Lake Champlain Basin to become research and/or demonstration sites for a suite of lawn care best practices. Please contact Kris Stepenuck (kstepenu@uvm.edu or 802-656-8504) if your business has an area of lawn and may be interested in participating based on the criteria described below.

Posted June 19, 2017

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Bike Tour

Tour Green Infrastructure - by bike!

Maps available for Burlington and Rutland


Pick up a FREE paper copy of the map at the following locations: Local Motion (Burlington Bike path), ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (bottom of College Street), Burlington Parks and Recreation office (Pine Street), Burlington Chamber of Commerce (Main Street). Can't find one - drop us a line and we'll send one to you. 

Rain Garden Design and Installation Video

Vermont Green Infrastructure Collaborative manager Becky Tharp presented a webinar for the Vermont Master Gardeners about rain gardens. In the video, she provides information about how to design, install, and maintain a rain garden. 

Rain gardens are depressed areas filled with plants that are tolerant to inundation and drought scenarios. They help to prevent stormwater runoff using infiltration and evapotranspiration. They protect water quality and recharge groundwater, mimicking a site's natural hydrology.

Posted May 3, 2016

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