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Natural Shoreline Erosion Control

Hosts: Lake Champlain Sea Grant, UVM Extension, Franklin Watershed Committee

Location: 81 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT 05405

Event Description: During this workshop in Franklin, homeowners will learn how to protect their shorelines from eroison using natural controls. Learn more and register at: To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact Linda Patterson at 802-656-7668 or at by August 2nd, so she can assist you.

Pre-registration required: Yes 

Cost: Free

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Bicycle Tour - Rutland City

Hosts: Rutland Regional Planning Commission and Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District

Location: Giorgetti Park (link to map of starting point), 2 Oak Street Extension, Rutland, VT 05701

Event Description: Join us for the kick-off of the Rutland Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Bicycle Tour. Based on a newly released map which features 22 GSI sites in the city, the kick-off event will visit three of these sites, including a bioretention area, an infiltration system, and an urban tree planting designed to intercept stormwater runoff before entering East Creek. The tour begins at Giorgetti Park in the northwestern corner of the city at 4:00 pm on August 23rd. Bring your bike! A rain date is scheduled for August 24th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Pre-registration required: No

Cost: Free

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Public Boat Trip on Lake Champlain: Life Underwater

Host: Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension

Location: 3 College St, Burlington, VT 05405

Event Description: Life Underwater will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about and try their hands as limnologists (i.e., those who study inland waters). Following an interactive introduction to the geology and formation of the Lake Champlain Basin and the lake, participants will learn about biological, chemical, and physical measurements limnologists make to improve our understanding of the lake, its watershed, and our impacts on them. Participants will engage in such activities as:

  • Towing for plankton
  • Identifying plankton
  • Sampling sediment
  • Assessing for invasives species
  • Using and interpreting a Conductivity-Temperature-Depth meter
  • Monitoring water clarity

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact Kris Stepenuck at 802-656-8504 or at no later than three weeks before your chosen date (i.e., June 26, July 27, and August 2, respectively) so she can assist you.

Minimum age: 8 years (sorry, no exceptions)

Pre-registration required: Yes

Cost: $25

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Governor's Press Event: Clean Water and Resiliency Investments in Barre City

Host: Governor Phil Scott

Location: 12 Reid Street, Barre, VT 

Description: Join Governor Phil Scott, Barre City Mayor Thom Lauzon, and local partners to learn about recent investments in clean water and flood resiliency, including a floodplain restoration project, and stormwater planning and infrastructure mapping.  

Pre-registration required: No

Cost: Free

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

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)

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

River Safari

Host:  Vermont State Parks, Little River State Park

Location:  3444 Little River Rd, Waterbury, Vermont 05676

  • Meet at nature trail

Event Description:   Wear watershoes, grab critter nets & get seriously cooled off while exploring the secret life of a shady mountain stream. Bring dip nets if you have them, a limited supply is available. Meet at Nature Trail, up to 90min; with option to extend.

Pre-registration required:  No

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm