We’re looking to learn more about conditions on Vermont’s lakes – You can help!
Cyanobacteria are common in water around the world and we expect them to be in Vermont lakes. Because contact with large amounts of cyanobacteria can lead to illness (for more information see our factsheet), we are collecting information on these organisms around the state. Reports are shared with the public through the Department of Health’s CyanoTracker and added to our long-term records. Staff at the VT DEC and the Department of Health work together with volunteers recruited and trained by the Lake Champlain Committee or the VT DEC to monitor on lakes around the state, including Lake Champlain.
- June 12 from 2 – 4 pm at the National Life Building in Montpelier. This training will also be a simultaneous online webinar.
- RSVP to Angela Shambaugh (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 802-490-6130. There is space for 20 people in Montpelier and unlimited online access.
- June 18 from 4 – 6pm at the North Country Career Center in Newport.
- RSVP to Kendall Lambert of the Memphremagog Watershed Association (email@example.com) or 802-487-0160
- Champlain Valley trainings TBA
- Trainings in in the Champlain Valley are organized by the Lake Champlain Committee, our partner in this effort. Please fill out their cyanobacteria monitor interest form and they will let you know where the nearest training will be held.
We ask volunteers to
- Take an annual training to learn about cyanobacteria and how to monitor for them.
- Provide weekly reports during the summer from a lake location.
- We typically monitor from the second week of June through the first week of September.
- Upload the weekly report to the Department of Health’s CyanoTracker
- Take photos if high levels of cyanobacteria are observed.
Interested in becoming a monitor?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Angela Shambaugh at (802) 490-6130. Thanks!