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Clean Water Conversation Series

Clean Water Conversation Series with State of Vermont Logo and clean water images

The Department of Environmental Conservation hosts a monthly public Clean Water Conversations presentation series (formerly named the "Clean Water Lecture Series") on a variety of clean water-related topics. Presentations are free and open to the public online via webinar (Microsoft Teams). See below for more information on upcoming Clean Water Conversations.

Please see the link above for a tutorial on how to attend the events via Microsoft Teams. View past Clean Water Conversation recordings on the Clean Water Vermont YouTube channel linked above. 

Upcoming Clean Water Conversations 2023

Looking Ahead to Cleaner Water: 9 February 2023, 12 - 12:45 p.m.

The VT Department of Environmental Conservation's Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) has just released its 2022 Performance Report which summarizes efforts of state government, along with federal and local partners, to improve water quality across Vermont from State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016 to 2022 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2022). In this virtual talk, CWIP's TMDL Tracking and Accounting Coordinator, Claire Madden, will provide an overview of Vermont's clean water progress.


Conversations Schedule 2023

This schedule is updated as we confirm presenters and topics for 2023.

Topic Date and Time
Agriculture, Climate Change and Water Quality with Dr. Joshua Faulkner 1/12/2023 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Key Changes in the Clean Water Initiative Funding Policy 1/26/2023 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Looking Ahead to Cleaner Water 2/09/2023 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Water is Life with Abenaki Artist Association 3/09/2023, 12:00 - 12:45 pm
Vermont's Lake in Crisis: Lake Carmi 101 4/13/2023 12:00 - 12:45 pm
   

Past Clean Water Conversations

  • January 26, 2023: Key Changes in the Clean Water Initiative Funding Policy
    - Speaker: Giana Petito, Clean Water Initiative Grants Coordinator
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • January 12, 2023: Agriculture, Climate Change, and Water Quality
    - Speaker: Dr. Joshua Faulkner
    Presentation
    Recording (YouTube)

  • August 3rd, 2022: Connect with Clean Water Initiative Funding
    - Speakers: Gianna Petitio, Lauren Sopher, Rachel Wood, Sarah Coleman 
    Presentation, Resource Document 
    Recording (YouTube)

  • June 30th, 2022: Building Vermont's Clean Water Service Provider Network
    - Speakers: Emily Bird, Ethan Swift, and Chris Rottler of the DEC. Dean Pierce from Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) and Dan Albrecht from Northern Lake Champlain Clean Water Service Provider 
    Presentation (DEC), Presentation (Dean Pierce), Presentation (Dan Albrecht)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • May 26th, 2022: How are Vermont's Wetlands Doing and How Can I Support Them?
    - Speaker: Laura Lapierre, DEC Wetlands Program Manager
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • May 12th, 2022: Opportunities for Climate Resiliency on Vermont's Rural Roads
    - Speaker: Beverley Wemple, Professor at University of Vermont
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • April 29th, 2022: Prioritizing and Implementing Clean Water Projects on State Lands
    - Speaker: David Wilcox, Watershed Forester at Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • March 31st, 2022: Clean Water Funded Projects from Start to Finish
    - Speaker: Karen Bates, Watershed Planner at Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • January 27th, 2022: Investments in Clean Water are Paying Off for Vermont
    - Speaker: Helen Carr, Nonpoint Source Coordinator, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation 
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • June 17, 2021: Introduction to Wetland Screening Tool
    - Speaker: Shannon Morrison, District Wetlands Ecologist, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation 
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • June 3, 2021: Status of Vermont's Inland Lakes: Phosphorus Trends and Protection
    - Speakers: Kellie Merrell, Aquatic Ecologist, and Oliver Pierson, Lakes and Ponds Prorgam Manager, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • May 6, 2021: Reconnecting Rivers: Developing Tools to Restore Stream, Wetland, and Floodplain Funcitons 
    - Speakers: Gretchen Alexander, VTDEC Lead River Scientist, Roy Schiff, Principal Water Resources Engineer, and Kristen Underwood, UVM Research Assistant Professor
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • April 1, 2021: The Multiple Benefits of Wetland Conservation and Restoration on Public Lands 
    - Speaker: David Sausville, Wildlife Biologist, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • March 18,2021:Vermont's Tactical Basin Planning Initiative - Past, Present, and Future
    - Speakers: Ethan Swift, Watershed Planning Program Manager and Ben Copans, Watershed Coordinator, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation 
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • March 4,2021:Vermont Pay-For-Phosphorus Program
    - Speaker: Sonia Howlett, Water Quality Specialist, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • February 8,2021:Vermont's Clean Water Investments and Results
    - Speakers: Helen Carr, Nonpoint Source Coordinator and Katie Bockwoldt, Tracking and Accounting, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • January 7, 2021: In Action! Stormwater 3-Acre General Permit
    - Speaker: Padraic Monks, Stormwater Program manager, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • December 3, 2020: Pointing Out Nonpoint Source Pollution
    - Speaker: Helen Carr, Nonpoint Source Coordinator, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • August 15, 2019: An Introduction to Act 76
    - Speakers: Neil Kamman and Emily Bird, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • June 13, 2019: Lake Score Cards Highlight Restoration Progress and Protection Needs
    - Speaker: Leslie Matthews, Lakes and Ponds Program Environmental Scientist, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    - Presentation (PDF)
    - Recording (YouTube)

  • May 9, 2019: Stormwater Update: What You Need to Know About the New 3-Acre General Permit
    - Speaker: Padraic Monks, Stormwater Program Manager, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • April 11, 2019: WISPr, It’s Louder Than It Sounds: Millions Available for Natural Resources Restoration
    - Speaker: Ashley Lucht, Water Infrastructure Financing Program, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
    - Presentation (PDF)
    - Recording (YouTube)

  • March 14, 2019: Immerse Yourself in Vermont’s River Basins Through Story Maps and More
    - Speaker: Danielle Owczarski, Basin Planner, Department of Environmental Conservation
    - Presentation

    - Recording (YouTube)

  • February 14, 2019: 2018 Investment Report and Interagency Clean Water Projects Dashboard
    - Speakers: Emily Bird, Assistant Manager and Helen Carr, Operations Coordinator, Clean Water Initiative Program, Department of Environmental Conservation
    - Presentation (PDF)
    - Recording (YouTube)

  • June 14, 2018: Proposed Revisions to the Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs
    - Speaker: Dave Wilcox, Watershed Forester, Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • May 10, 2018: Wetlands Bioassessment
    - Speakers: Tina Heath and Charlie Hohn, Wetlands Ecologists, Department of Environmental Conservation
    ​- Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • April 12, 2018: Addressing Combined Sewer Overflows
    - Speakers: Jessica Bulova, Wastewater Program Manager, and Terisa Thomas, Financial and Loan Programs Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation
    ​- Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • March 29, 2018: Lake Champlain Restoration Plan Progress Report
    - Speaker: Kari Dolan, Clean Water Initiative Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation
    ​- Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • February 8, 2018: Municipal Roads General Permit
    - Speaker: Jim Ryan, Municipal Roads Program Coordinator, Department of Environmental Conservation
    ​- Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • January 18, 2018: Clean Water Investment Report 
    - Speaker: Emily Bird, Nonpoint Source Coordinator, Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • December 14, 2017: Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices: The first year in review
    - Speakers: Nina Gage and Kaitlin Hayes, Agricultural Water Quality Specialists, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • November 9, 2017: Restoring Lake Memphremagog
    - Speaker: Ben Copans, Basin Planner, Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)

  • October 12, 2017: Stormwater Rule and General Permits Update
    - Speaker: Padraic Monks, Stormwater Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation
    Presentation (PDF)
    Recording (YouTube)