Thursday, June 1, 4-7:30pm | St. Albans Bay Town Park
Take a Stake in Our Lake
Do you love Lake Champlain and want to help improve and protect its water quality? Join us for a family-friendly event to celebrate the Lake Champlain Basin and share ways we can take action to improve and protect our water.
Head down to St. Albans Bay Town Park on Thursday, June 1 from 4-7:30 PM where SAAWA is hosting an informational round-up of Vermont water-quality organizations. More than a dozen organizations that work with communities to improve and protect water quality will be present to share tips anyone can follow to help the lake.
Current participant displays & topics include:
- SAAWA: benefits of weed harvesting, dangers of glyphosate, shore rake lending, summer invasive species paddle, political action for clean water and more
- Lake Champlain Sea Grant: See a working Stream Table -- see how streams affect the land, try your hand as a stream engineer
- US Fish & Wildlife info on voluntary assistance to landowners for habitat improvement
- Lake Champlain International: Importance of civic engagement and the BLUE program
- Lake Wise: Learn about the Lake Wise program and shoreline protection measures
- Franklin County Stormwater Collaborative: Reducing runoff; calculating stormwater on your property
- Lake Champlain Basin Program: Raise the Blade on lawnmowers for healthy soils and stormwater absorption
- Friends of Northern Lake Champlain: Raingarden projects
- UVM Watershed Alliance: Watershed model
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Importance of soil health
- Farmers Watershed Alliance
- DEC Aquatic Invasive Species: Invasive species specific to St. Albans Bay
- Lake Champlain Committee: Civic activism; invasive species harvesting project recruitment
- Lake Champlain Land Trust: Removing invasive uckthorn and honeysuckle
- Native shoreline plant material expert
A number of short presentations will be ongoing, scheduled as follows:
- 5:00 pm: Friends of Northern Lake, Thomas Bryce: Building Rain Gardens
- 5:20 pm: NRCS, Corey Brink: Soil Health and Effect on Water Quality
- 5:40 pm: Lake Champlain Committee, Lori Fischer: Civic Activism for Lake Protection
- 6:00 pm: Lake Champlain Basin Program, Colleen Hickey: Raise the Blade Lawn Care
- 6:20 pm: Franklin Cty. Stormwater Collaborative, Amanda Holland: Calculating Stormwater Runoff on your Property
- 6:40 pm: Lake Champlain International, James Ehlers: Importance of Civic Engagement
There will be family-friendly activities and free food!
You will be able to learn how we can make our properties more "lake-friendly" by reducing runoff and pollution at home. Chat with representatives of water quality organizations, pick up information on native plantings, shore preservation, invasive species, rain gardens, stormwater management and evaluation, and more.
Sign up to volunteer for watershed improvement projects such as a summer water chestnut eradication paddle up Jewett Brook.
See how you can help remove weeds from your shoreline with SAAWA's weed rake or by coordinating with the harvester crew.
Discover which native plants can help restore shoreline stability.
Learn avenues for civic action to express your support for clean water.
Share your questions, concerns and suggestions with watershed organization representatives. We can do more together.