Past Events

2019 Erosion Control Field Day. June 12th, 2019.

This workshop taught techniques for preventing and controlling stream bank and lake shore erosion for water quality. Materials and practices for controlling sediment run-off including native landscaping and bioengineering were displayed and presented.  Participants gained  hands on experience with emerging technologies and best practices. Workshop was designed for watershed practitioners, landscape designers, engineers, contractors, and the interested general public and offered six contact hours for professional development which could be applied to recertification for the three year Vermont Natural Shoreland Erosion Control Certification, and the EnviroCert recertification. Event was coordinated in partnership with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Lakewise Program. For agenda see here.

Presentations

Implementing Conservation for Water Quality: A Conservation Commission Workshop. May 18 2019.

This training focused on empowering Conservation Commission members to identify water quality issues in their towns, connect with members of other commissions and walk away with a road-map for implementing projects. Topics included: Understanding the Basin Planning Process, Water-Friendly Agriculture and How to Fund It, Water-Friendly Forests & Water-Friendly Cities

Presentations

Waterfront Living in Vermont: A Septic Solutions Conference – May 9, 2019

The Septic Solutions conference was for Vermont homeowners along rivers and lakeshores as well as septic designers and installers to explore design and financing solutions to address our aging septic infrastructure. The conference shared innovative systems for small lots, available technology and financing resources, and provide continuing education credits for licensed septic designers.Conference was supported by the Lake Champlain Basin Program and New England Grassroots Environment Fund and was coordinated in partnership with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Lakes and Ponds Program and the Drinking and Groundwater Protection Division. Topics included Septic 101, Navigating the Permitting World, Financing Solutions, and Showcasing Innovative and Alternative Systems. Event offered 2 continuing education credits for licensed septic designers, and the morning segment was available via webinar. See flyer here , welcome packet here, and agenda here.

Presentations

  • Eric Howe, Program Director, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Vermont Waterways and Why Septic MattersPPT
  • Graham Bradley, Program Hydrogeologist and Soil Geologist, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division, Septic 101PPT, Audio 1, Audio 2
  • Linda Patterson,Water Quality Educator, Lake Champlain SeaGrant; Lynette Claudon, Chief Pollution Control Design Engineer, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program; Jim Fitzpatrick, Thompson’s Point Resident,Speaking From ExperiencePPTs, Audio 1, Audio 2
  • Ernie Christianson, Regional Engineer Manager,Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division; Amy Picotte, Lakeshore Manager, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Watershed Management Division, Septic Regulations and Beyond for Shoreline Preservation PPTs, Audio 1, Audio 2
  • George Heufelder, Co-Director, Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, Phosphorus Treatment in Onsite Septic SystemsPPT, Audio 1, Audio 2
  • Jared Willey, Co-owner, Advanced Onsite Services; Dan Ottenheimer, Owner, Oakson, Alternative and Innovative Septic Technologies for Small Waterfront LotsPPT, Audio
  • Chris Rottler, Onsite Loan Program Manager, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Facilities Engineering Division; Thomas Brown, CWSRF Program Lead, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Facilities Engineering Division; Alyssa Peteani, Loan Officer, Champlain Housing Trust, Financing Assistance and StrategiesPPTs, Audio (note that beginning of Chris’ presentation starts near the end of the preceding presentation’s Audio)