Montpelier - State Offices at National Life complex

Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future Annual Retreat

The Vermont Citizens Adivsory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future Annual Retreat is Tuesday, July 24th, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm in the Montpelier Room (D026), Davis Building, National Life Complex, Montpelier. A draft agenda is below. RSVP by emailing Bethany.Sargent@vermont.gov

10:00 – 11:00 am

Welcome and introductions (10 minutes) – Lori Fisher
Public comments (5 – 10 minutes)
Updates (10 minutes)
     Review and vote on April 9th Meeting Summary – Lori Fisher
     Distribute SFY18 Annual Accounting Summary – Bethany Sargent
Review VTCAC charge (10 min) – Lori Fisher
Discuss VTCAC public and legislative appointments and identify actions (15 min) – Lori Fisher
Chair and vice chair elections (5 minutes)

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Identify potential meeting topics, guest presenters, and locations for September 2018 – May 2019, and develop a plan for increasing public engagement (75 min) – Lori Fisher

12:15 – 1:15 pm – Lunch (Provided for VTCAC members)

1:15 – 3:30 pm

Presentation and discussion: Lake Champlain policy objectives and strategies (75 min) – David Deen
Outline 2019 Lake Champlain Action Plan priorities, identify work group members and production timeline (60 minutes) – Mark Naud and Lori Fisher

3:30 pm – Adjourn

Parking: There is a limited number of public parking spaces at the National Life Complex. Carpooling is encouraged. Additional parking is available just down the hill from National Life at the Department of Labor on Green Mountain Drive, where the Capital Shuttle stops prior to National Life.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Clean Water Conversation

Join the Clean Water Conversation - Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Winooski Room (M240), National Life Building, Montpelier

Learn about the Clean Water Fund budget process and opportunities to provide input on next year’s allocations through a Clean Water Conversation. Attend in person (RSVP by email) or online (via Skype for Business). Clean Water Initiative Program staff are also available, by request, to attend partner meetings regionally to discuss this topic (contact Kari Dolan).

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Cyanobacteria Volunteer Training

The DEC’s Lakes and Ponds Program is recruiting volunteers to monitor cyanobacteria across the state.  No boat or special equipment required, just attend a training to learn how to identify cyanobacteria and submit findings to the CyanoTracker.  This particular training session will be taught simultaneously via an online webinar in case you cannot make it to Montpelier.  More information and registration can be found online here:

Vermont Cyanobacteria Monitors

Location: National Life Building (1 National Life Drive, Montpelier)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Clean Water Fund Board Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00 pm in the Winooski Room (M240), National Life Building, Montpelier

The Clean Water Board will meet on June 25, 2018 to prepare for the first phase public comment period of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget process. Public comment will be collected via online questionnaire and will focus on priorities for the SFY 2020 Clean Water Fund budget. This meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing Emily Bird. Visit the Clean Water Fund Budget Process webpage for more information. 

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Lake Champlain Restoration Plan Progress Report

Join Kari Dolan, Clean Water Initiative Program Manager, to learn about the State of Vermont's progress completing milestones necessary to clean up Lake Champlain. These milestones are spelled out in the Lake Champlain restoration plan, known as the Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for Vermont Segments of Lake Champlain accountability framework. Recently, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the completion of these “Phase 1” milestones. These milestones put the necessary programs in place to reduce phosphorus inputs to Lake Champlain that lead to harmful cyanobacteria blooms. Milestones include updating Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices, establishing Vermont’s Municipal Roads General Permit, and maintaining funds to support clean water improvement projects. 

The Catamount Room (N215), National Life Building, Montpelier
Online via Skype for Business

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

LaRosa 2017 Organizational Support Grant reports due

Reports for the pilot year of the LPP Organizational Support Grant are due. 

LPP partner participation has been responsible for translating water testing results into direct, on-the-ground actions. The LPP data have been used in the development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution control plans, the identification and remediation of phosphorus pollution hotspots, and the documentation of priority subwatersheds for pollution control actions within VTDEC’s Tactical Basin Plans(TBP). The WMD recognizes the challenges the Partners face in securing funding to support the logistical aspects of water quality monitoring work. The funds awarded under this offering are intended to help fill this gap, for those groups whom are also working with the WMD and other partners in the implementation of “on-the-ground” water quality improvement projects. In 2016, the WMD released its first RFP to provide currently enrolled LPP Partners support in monitoring the effectiveness of water quality improvement practices. With the initial year of monitoring under this grant complete, these reports, which will serve to demonstrate the impact water quality improvement initiatives have on Vermon't waterways, are eagerly awaited. 

Reports should be completed using the templates developed by Kristen Underwood under contract for the DEC. Partners will use whichever of the five available templates relate to the projects they are monitoring and need submit only one final report. 

Reports should be directed to Jim Kellogg

Jim Kellogg - LPP Coordinator
Environmental Scientist
Department of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division-Biomonitoring and Aquatic Studies Section
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05602-35221
jim.kellogg@vermont.gov
(802) 490-6146

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain Meeting

The Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future meets Thursday, January 11th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the National Life Campus in Montpelier, Davis Building, Catamount Room (N215) and online via Skype for Business. During this meeting, the committee will be finalizing their 2018 Lake Champlain Action Plan. Members of the public are invted to attend online or in person. Please RSVP by emailing Bethany Sargent.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Clean Water Initiative Lecture: Stormwater Rule and General Permits Update

The Department of Environmental Conservation is implementing Vermont Clean Water Act requirements to update the stormwater rule, and to adopt general permits to address existing stormwater discharges, including “three-acre impervious surface” sites. Padraic Monks, Stormwater Program Manager, will provide a summary of proposed standards, and the timing and process for adoption of these regulations.

This presentation is part of the 2017-2018 Clean Water Initiative Lecture Series. Attend online (via Skype for Business) or in person in the Winooski Room (M240), National Life Building, Montpelier. If attending in person, please RSVP by email

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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