Act 64 Brown Bag Lecture

Clean Water Lecture: WISPr, It’s Louder Than It Sounds: Millions Available for Natural Resources Restoration

Thursday,  April 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Catamount Room (N215), National Life Building, Montpelier

Join DEC’s Water Infrastructure Financing Program staff Terisa Thomas and Ashley Lucht to learn about the Water Infrastructure Sponsorship Program or WISPr – a new funding mechanism for natural resources restoration projects. Under this program, up to 10% of a municipality’s clean water loan can be used to implement natural resources restoration projects, with that portion of the loan having a discounted administrative fee, which the municipality pays over the loan period. Find out how to access this innovative and entirely new funding source for clean water. 

Attend in person (RSVP by email) or online (via Skype for Business). Visit the Clean Water Lecture Series webpage for additional information.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Clean Water Lecture: Immerse Yourself in Vermont’s River Basins Through Story Maps and More

Thursday,  March 14, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Winooski Room (M240), National Life Building, Montpelier

Everyone has a story to tell – so do Vermont’s river basins. Join Basin Planner Danielle Owczarski to learn about Vermont's river basins and their restoration and protection plans through Esri Story Maps. Danielle will also highlight new tools available through the state's online Clean Water Portal and introduce an interactive map in development that will display clean water project opportunities that have been identified and prioritized through the tactical basin planning process.

Attend in person (RSVP by email) or online (via Skype for Business). Visit the Clean Water Initiative Lecture Series webpage for additional information and help spread the word on Facebook

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Clean Water Lecture: 2018 Investment Report and Interagency Clean Water Projects Dashboard

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Winooski Room (M240), National Life Building, Montpelier

Learn about the Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2018 Investment Report and the newly launched Interagency Clean Water Projects Dashboard from Emily Bird, Assistant Manager, and Helen Carr, Operations Coordinator of the Department of Environmental Conservation's Clean Water Initiative Program. Attend in person (RSVP by email) or online (via Skype for Business). Visit the Clean Water Lecture Series webpage for additional information and help spread the word on Facebook

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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

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

Clean Water Initiative Lecture: Clean Water Fund Draft Budget and Budget Development Process

Join Clean Water Initiative Program Manager Kari Dolan to learn more about the Clean Water Fund draft budget and budget development process on September 14th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, in the Catamount Room at the National Life Building in Montpelier. This presentation is part of the 2017-2018 Clean Water Initiative Lecture Series. Attend online (via Skype for Business) or in person (RSVP by email)

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Improving Water Quality through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) provides financial and technical assistance to forest and agricultural landowners to develop and implement water quality improvement projects. In this unique public-private partnership, together more than 25 organizations, state agencies, and businesses were awarded a $16 million grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for an RCPP project in the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont. Join Alli Compagna, DEC's Lake Champlain RCPP Coordinator, to learn about project initiatives and accomplishments, and funding details and eligibility. Alli will also highlight the six other RCPP projects in the state.

This will be the final lecture in the 2016-2017 Clean Water Initiative Brown Bag Lecture Series. We'll announce lecture topics for the 2017-2018 series, which will begin in September, over the summer.

To attend in person in the Winooski Room (M-240), National Life Building, Montpelier, RSVP to anr.cleanwatervt@vermont.gov or call Bethany at 802-490-6131.  Attend remotely through Skype for Business.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Wetlands Projects and TMDL Implementation

You are invited to join the Vermont Clean Water Initiative for the 2016-2017 Act 64 Brown Bag Lecture Series. 
On Thursday May 11th from 11am-Noon in the Winooski Room at the Department of Environmental Conservation to hear from Julie Foley of the Wetlands Program at DEC, talk about "Wetlands Projects & TMDL Implementation." 

If you would like to attend remotely you can watch the presentation using the Skype for Business link.

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

Reducing Phosphorus Pollution from Rivers

Thursday, April 27th 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
National Life Main Building – Winooski Room, M240
Speaker: Staci Pomeroy, River Scientist, Department of Environmental Conservation

In Vermont, river instability contributes the second largest phosphorus load, just over 20%, to Lake Champlain. Learn how projects to protect and restore river corridors in the Lake Champlain Basin are helping to reduce this phosphorus load and improve flood resiliency. 

Limited seating is available. For more information and to RSVP (if attending in person), email anr.cleanwatervt@vermont.gov or call Bethany Sargent at (802) 490-6131. 

If you would like to attend remotely you can watch the presentation using the Skype for Business link.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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