Details will be added as they become available.
Agenda subject to change.
Updated 4 October 2019
8:00 am – 12:45 pm | $30
Phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain is arguably the largest management challenge for the “sixth Great Lake,” and agriculture contributes the highest proportion of phosphorus for any land use in the watershed. Agriculture is also a central part of the watershed’s historic landscape and a principal economic component of the region, and the balance between community food systems, water quality, and economics has been a challenging issue to navigate. Participants on this field trip will visit two Burlington-area farms that have worked hard to improve their water quality impacts: the Intervale Center, a community vegetable farm on the Winooski River, and Shelburne Farms, a dairy farm on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Two departures: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm or 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm| Price $20
Trip is weather-dependent and due to the time of year, attendees should dress warm.
This 1 hour trip on Lake Champlain aboard the University of Vermont’s research vessel, R/V Melosira, will provide an overview of current lake stressors and funded research by Lake Champlain Sea Grant. Staff as well as PhD student Rosie Chapina and her research team who will showcase their research on Mysids. Mysids are a “shrimp-like” invertebrate found in freshwater and marine environments. Rosie is studying behavior, vertical migration and food web implications.
10:00 am – 11:00 am | Price $15
The Burlington Water Resources Division has a rich and interesting history! Like many commercially important waterbodies, Lake Champlain has faced challenges associated with zebra mussel colonization. The City of Burlington’s Water Treatment Plant has had some pretty heavy infestation of their pipes screen in the past, and in 2015, they became one of the first municipalities nationwide to use EarthTec QZ (a copper-based formulation approved for use in drinking water) to protect their raw water infrastructure. Participants will be treated to a tour of this lakefront facility and get the scoop on how a city like Burlington manages its water.