Vermont City Marathon – May 29, 2016 in Burlington, VT

Vermont City Marathon – May 29, 2016 in Burlington, VT

The Vermont City Marathon begins at Battery Park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Then winds through tree lined residential streets and onto the Beltway which is closed one day a year – for this race. You can then enjoy the spectacular views while running along the Burlington Bike Path and into Oakledge Park with its scenic rock formations.  The run ends at Waterfront Park.Proceeds will be delivered to 13 local charities. To register, please visit http://www.vermontcitymarathon.orgHere is a picture of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to get everyone inspired!

Vermont City Marathon - May 29, 2016

 

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Beautiful Sunset over Calm Lake Champlain

Beautiful Sunset over Calm Lake Champlain

This photo of a beautiful sunset over calm Lake Champlain was taken Alburgh, Vermont on May 12, 2016 by Tom McHugh.

 

 

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Vermont EPSCoR wins $20 million award from NSF to promote resiliency in Lake Champlain Basin

Vermont EPSCoR wins $20 million award from NSF to promote resiliency in Lake Champlain Basin

Vermont EPSCoR wins $20 million award from NSF to promote resiliency in Lake Champlain Basin

 

Scientists from a number of Vermont colleges and universities will be using a $20 million federal grant to study what makes some sections of the Lake Champlain watershed bounce back faster than others after extreme weather, officials announced Monday.

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What makes some parts of the Lake Champlain Basin and its watersheds resilient in the face of extreme weather events, increasingly common in a warming Vermont, while other parts fail to recover and rebound? A $20 million award from the National Science Foundation to Vermont EPSCoR will help answer that question, providing much needed information to decision-makers as they govern the basin and develop policies that reach far into the future.

 

for The award, one of the largest in Vermont history, was announced by US Senator Patrick Leahy and University of Vermont president Tom Sullivan at  press conference at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on April 18.

The five-year project will support research teams from UVM and colleges across the state that will collect data from sensors in streams, soil, and the lake and gather information on adjacent land use – by farms or developers, for instance.

A computer model will then be created integrating all three information sources. The model will be used to test management scenarios and identify strategies for preserving infrastructure, environmental health and drinking water quality in the event of intense storms.

“We’ll essentially be giving managers a tool that will help them build resiliency in areas that have been vulnerable in the past,” said Judith Van Houten, University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont, who is directing the research effort.

A diverse team of partners; combining natural and social sciences

The project will be undertaken by a diverse group of scientists and stakeholders working together with Vermont EPSCoR. In addition to UVM, other partner institutions include Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Castleton State College, Middlebury College, Saint Michael’s College, Dartmouth College and the Community College of Vermont.  Also participating in the project will be key stakeholders, including the Lake Champlain Basin Program  and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and partners from Quebec and Lake George, NY.

NSF made the award to Vermont EPSCoR partly because both natural and social scientists working on the project will utilize complex systems approaches in creating their predictive models.

An earlier NSF award to Vermont EPSCoR, utilizing the same approach, provided insights into sources of phosphorus and nitrogen in the Lake Champlain basin and how these elements feed algal blooms. The work also identified a dominant role for extreme events in determining water quality in the Basin, providing a strong foundation for the current project’s focus on resiliency.

“I congratulate Vermont EPSCoR and the Vermont Technology Council for securing this federal grant to provide our state’s research community with the tools they need to explore both the science and affects of extreme weather events,” Senator Leahy said.  “This research will support valuable new STEM learning opportunities for all students, including high school, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers right here in Vermont. We are fortunate for this opportunity to build on our commitment to developing stronger, more resilient communities, while protecting our treasured Lake Champlain.”

“We are so fortunate to have the Basin as a living laboratory to examine, first hand, the many critical components that must be considered when tackling such large questions,” said UVM president Thomas Sullivan.  “Our ability to have such an interdisciplinary team of researchers, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduates working together at UVM and with our partner institutions, embedded in this Basin, is another example of the incredible value the research has for all of Vermont and beyond.”

“VT EPSCoR is matched by none in terms of their track record for success as a state-wide federally funded program in Vermont,” said John Evans, president of the Vermont Technology Council, the statewide board for EPSCoR.  “They have enabled multiple partnerships throughout the state in building research infrastructure, workforce size and diversity, and private sector competitiveness. You will see around you the evidence of their work with undergraduates, high schools and small businesses who are presenting their Vermont EPSCoR sponsored research today.”

“The merit review of the proposal for this new award is a true testament to the high caliber of research and innovation being conducted here by many talented researchers, and the relevance this research has not only to Vermont, but also to the region and beyond,” said Van Houten.

Workforce development a key part of award

 

A key element of the award will be the work performed by the Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity at Saint Michael’s College (CWDD), which will offer research opportunities to Vermont  high schools, middle schools and undergraduates from across Vermont, including a new partnership with Landmark College.  Scholarships will be available to Abenaki students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities and veterans who are seeking science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) majors.  Girls will be supported through the Vermont Works for Women, Rosie’s Girls Program. Small businesses will also be able to participate through internships and funding from the Small Business Innovation Research Phase (0) program and support through Innovate HERS and Launch VT.

EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation’s mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide. Through the program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state’s or region’s research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.

Through her work with Vermont EPSCoR, funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Vermont Genetics Network, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Van Houten has brought in $110.45 million in statewide research infrastructure grants for which she is the principal investigator.

For further information about the Vermont EPSCoR program, visit www.uvm.edu/EPSCoR

Public-nonprofit-private partnership created to cleanup Vermont’s waters

Public-nonprofit-private partnership created to cleanup Vermont’s waters

Public-nonprofit-private partnership created to cleanup Vermont's waters

 

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont’s chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc announced an innovative partnership to advance Vermont’s Clean Water Initiative and to address the pervasive water quality challenges in Lake Champlain. This public-private collaboration aims to advance water quality in Vermont, starting by developing a tool to identify opportunities to protect water quality through conservation, as well as by making some key strategic conservation investments.   

Lake Champlain during spring flooding 2011.

Keurig announced its support for the State’s Clean Water Initiative in January 2015, and last October, it announced a further collaboration with TNC. “Keurig has a huge appetite to create and inspire change, particularly when it comes to water stewardship in our home state of Vermont,” said Monique Oxender, Keurig’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “We know that improving and maintaining water quality is a complex challenge that requires the collaboration of private and public sector organizations. We’re proud to partner for innovative thinking and on-the-ground projects with the State and The Nature Conservancy to secure clean water for future generations.”

One groundbreaking project is the joint-development of the Clean Water Roadmap, a user-friendly watershed management tool to help prioritize projects to improve water quality in Vermont. This interactive online tool will enable evaluations for phosphorus reduction at specific sites across the Vermont portion of the Lake Champlain watershed. This tool will complement the Water Quality Blueprint, a project of The Nature Conservancy, which will help prioritize river corridors and wetlands for protection and restoration. The Clean Water Roadmap will be released in early 2017.

“Cleaning up Lake Champlain is a big task, and this partnership with Keurig Green Mountain and The Nature Conservancy provides an important tool to help us get this right,” explains Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. “The Clean Water Roadmap will allow us to be strategic and target the biggest water pollution sources for cleanup first.”

The Otter Creek after Tropical Storm Irene September 2011.

Strategic conservations investments are also part of this innovative partnership. With support from Keurig, the State of Vermont, and The Nature Conservancy, parcels along the Lake Champlain corridor are being conserved and restored to prevent phosphorus run-off and to rebuild floodplains that naturally filter out nutrients. These “green infrastructure” investments provide pollution reduction at a fraction of the cost of “grey” or human-built infrastructure.

“Nature based solutions are a win-win for many of the environmental challenges we face today. By harnessing and restoring our natural assets such as floodplains, we can cost effectively clean our waters while providing habitat for wildlife and improving flood resiliency,” shared Heather Furman, State Director for The Nature Conservancy. “We are proud to bring our leading edge science and expertise in land protection to bear on the challenges of water degradation,”

Secretary Deb Markowitz, TNC’s State Director Heather Furman, and Keurig’s Senior Sustainability Manager Tina Bosch Ladd will lead a panel discussion on innovative collaboration for water quality at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Conference tomorrow, May 12, 2016 at the UVM Davis Center in Burlington.

About The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Watershed Management Division

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation manages Vermont’s water and air quality, regulated solid and hazardous wastes, and pollution and waste reduction programs. DEC’s Watershed Management Division is responsible for protecting, maintaining, enhancing and restoring the quality of Vermont’s surface water resources – lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands.

About The Nature Conservancy in Vermont

The Nature Conservancy in Vermont is a leader in safeguarding the natural resources of the Green Mountain State.  We have helped conserve over 300,000 acres of land, 1,200 miles of shoreline, and we manage and maintain 55 natural areas that are open for hiking, fishing, skiing and hunting. The Vermont chapter is proud to be connecting land, water, and wildlife for over 50 years. To learn more and support our important work, please visit: www.nature.org/vermont(link is external) or follow us on facebook.com/TNCVT(link is external)

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Keurig Green Mountain is reimagining how beverages can be created, personalized, and enjoyed, fresh-made in homes and workplaces. Keurig Green Mountain is a personal beverage system company revolutionizing the beverage experience through the power of innovative technology and strategic brand partnerships. With an expanding family of more than 80 beloved brands and more than 575 beverage varieties, Keurig Green Mountain’s Keurig® hot and Keurig® KOLD™ beverage systems deliver great taste, convenience, and choice at the push of a button. As a company founded on social responsibility, Keurig Green Mountain is committed to using the power of business to brew a better world through its work to build resilient supply chains, sustainable products, thriving communities, and a water-secure world. Keurig is now a private business owned by an investment group led by JAB Holding Co. For more information visit: www.KeurigGreenMountain.com(link is external). To purchase Keurig products visit: www.keurig.com(link is external),www.keurig.ca(link is external), or www.keurig.co.uk(link is external).

Source: Montpelier, Vt., May 11, 2016 – Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

 

Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is located between New York’s majestic Adirondacks and Vermont’s famed Green Mountains. Yet despite the beauty of this region, it has been the site of dark and mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America’s bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand guard.
Champlain’s islands–Stave, Crab, Valcour and Garden–all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and in the forests surrounding the lake.
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