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Rain Garden Workshop

Host:   Lake Bomoseen Association and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program

Location:   Castleton Community Center, 2108 Main St., Castleton, VT, 05735

Event Description:   Rain gardens are a beautiful and practical way to: 

  • Absorb stormwater and reduce runoff
  • Provide food and habitat for pollinators and other insects and animals  
  • Enhance your property and protect your shoreline

Learn how to assess your soil for the best location, choose native plants suited to your property, installation techniques, and contact information for state and local resources.  Obtain a free copy of “The Vermont Rain Garden Manual”.  

Presented by Becky Tharp, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Collaborative, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Sponsored by the Lake Bomoseen Association and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program

For additional information and to register for the workshop, contact: Linda Patterson, Water Quality Educator, Lake Champlain Sea Grant

Phone: 802-656-7668

Pre-registration required:  No

Cost:  Free

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

Host: Blue Gentian Lodge

Location: 289 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, VT, 05148

Event Description: Ever wonder how a small wastewater treatment facility is operated? We'll give you a guided tour! Our treatment plant serves seven commercial and residential apartment buildings including Magic Mountain Ski Area. We'll explain how the waste material arrives, what we do to it in the storage lagoons, and then show you how and where the effluent is sprayed. Hope to see you!

Pre-registration required: Yes

Cost: Free

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Evening Paddle on the Burlington Waterfront

Host:   Lake Champlain Basin Program, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center

Location:  Community Sailing Center, 234 Penny Ln, Burlington, VT, 05401

Event Description:  Join Mike Winslow, author of Lake Champlain: A Natural History and Lake Champlain Basin Program staff for an evening paddle at the Community Sailing Center on the Burlington Waterfront.  A Vermont Clean Water Event.

Pre-registration required:  Yes, Pre-registration required; email Ryan Mitchell at

Cost:   Yes, BYO canoe/kayak and PFD, or rent from the Community Sailing Center.
Rentals are limited; reserve in advance for $20 (non-refundable) by calling the CSC at 802.864.2499.

Mike Winslow is the author of Lake Champlain: A Natural History. Mike has worked for two decades as a lake advocate, scientist, and educator. He currently coordinates the Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity at St. Michael’s College, and serves as Chair of the Lake Champlain Basin Program Technical Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Monitoring Water Quality at White River Swimming Holes

Host: White River Partnership

Location: 23 locations in the White River watershed

Event Description: Trained volunteers will gather water quality samples at 23 White River swimming holes on Wednesday, August 23rd to determine whether the water is safe for recreation. WRP staff will analyze the samples, and share results on Thursday, August 24th via email, the WRP website, and the WRP Facebook page.

Pre-registration required: No

Cost: Free

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

Lovett Park Ribbon Cutting

Host:  Mad River Valley Planning District

Location:  50 Bridge Street, Waitsfield, VT, 05673

Event Description:  Join the Mad River Valley Planning District for the Lovett Park, Waitsfield ribbon cutting event. This event unveils Waitsfield’s new Lovett Park. As part of Waitsfield’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene, the town received two Community Development Block Grants to move the town office out of floodplain and to create Lovett Park -- a “Pocket Park” on floodplain adjacent to Waitsfield’s Historic “Big Eddy” Covered Bridge – the oldest covered bridge in operation in Vermont. 

Pre-registration required:  No

Cost:  Free

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Clean Water Fund Board Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Clean Water Fund Board meeting on August 23, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Catamount Room (N215), National Life Building, Montpelier. The Clean Water Fund Board will be reviewing the results of the July Clean Water Fund public comment period and discussing any adjustments to the SFY 2019 allocations based on those comments. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

What's a "Living Machine"?

Host:  Simon Operation Services

Location:  I-89 North, North of Exit 1, Sharon, VT, 05065

Event Description:  Is it a beautiful hydroponic greenhouse or is it a unique way of processing wastewater? Learn about the Sharon Welcome Center Living Machine innovative wastewater reuse system and how it uses natural aquatic systems to do the dirty work!

Pre-registration required:  No

Cost:  Free

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Stream Ecology

Man Fishing at Jamaica State Park

Host:  Vermont State Parks, Jamaica State Park

Location:  48 Salmon Hole Lane, Jamaica, VT 05343

Event Description:   

Duration: 1hr-2hr. Starting at noon (flexible start time based on crowd at the river) 
Type of Activity: Species Identification, Catch and Release
Audience: Ages 3yrs/o and up
Goal: To understand who lives in the West River, Habitat management, food cycle, the importance of clean water, and water conservation. Theme: Macro-invertebrates play an important role in stream ecology.

Pre-registration required:  No

Cost:  Free (event is free, park admission fee required)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Innovation in Action: Farming & Water Quality

Host: UVM Extension and Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition

Location: Bonaspecta Holsteins, 1113 Jersey Street South, Addison, VT, 05491

Event Description: Join the UVM Extension Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team and the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition for a field day at a local farm to see innovative agricultural practices designed to reduce erosion and protect water quality.  We will learn more about:

  • Cover crops
  • No-till corn
  • Innovative equipment: no-till planting equipment, roller-crimper technology and more
  • Water quality monitoring in the McKenzie Brook watershed:  methods and data to quantify water quality in an agricultural watershed

Pre-registration required: No

Cost: Free

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm