Water Quality

Nebi: Abenaki Ways of Knowing Water

Working with chiefs and members of the Nulhegan, Missisquoi, and Elnu Bands of the Abenaki Nation, and Peregrine Productions, LLC, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension, are thrilled to share the short film, Nebi: Abenaki Ways of Knowing Water. This film was created in an effort to share cultural history and knowledge with public and school audiences who participate in our watershed programs. The film also provided an opportunity to the Abenaki people to preserve their creation stories for generations to come. The film's length is just over 10 minutes. You can view it here. If you watch it and would be willing to share your answer to the question posed as the end, we would be grateful if you shared that here. Your responses may be used to help us tell the story of the value of this film to others and to the environment. 

Annual Meeting of Marina Owners and Operators

Each year, on the last Friday in March, the Vermont Boat and Marine Association, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension host an annual meeting of marina owners and operators. The event gives marina owners and operators a chance to reconnect with one another after the winter and to learn about relevant policies, funding opportunities, and research and outreach actvities. You can see the 2019 agenda here


LAWN TO LAKE

In 2006 several groups in Vermont and the Lake Champlain Basin in New York began pooling resources and ideas to create a coordinated outreach message. In addition to promoting the use of phosphorus-free fertilizer with the “Don’t ‘P’ on Your Lawn” message, this partnership has created other healthy lawn tips and encouraged local retailers to stock phosphorus-free fertilizers. Partners include Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Lake Champlain Committee, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Smart Waterways Regional Stormwater Education Program, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

The successful Lawn to Lake effort expanded from Vermont/New York to include southern Lake Michigan, with new partners from the Illinois-Indiana Sea GrantUniversity of Illinois ExtensionSafer Pest Control ProjectPurdue University-Calumet and others, with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Today, this effort includes an effort we call "Raise the Blade." Homeowners, businesses, and municipalities are encouraged to follow three simple lawn care practices that help minimize stormwater runoff. Learn more at lawntolake.org. As part of this effort, we are partnering with numerous local businesses. Some have adopted the recommended practices on their properties, while others are helping us research differences between lawns managed with different practices. 

 


KEEPING DOGS SAFE FROM HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS

New York Sea Grant developed a brochure designed to help dog owners understand potential risks to their dogs if exposed to harmful algal blooms. Working in consultation with Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Lake Champlain Sea Grant updated the brochure with relevant information for this area. View this brochure >> Keeping Your Dog Safe from Harmful Algal Blooms.