The 13th Annual Vermont Lake Seminar will be held on Friday June 2, 2017 at the Canadian Club in Barre, Vermont. The Lakes and Ponds Program of the Watershed Management Division organizes this event each year, in conjunction with the Vermont Federation of Lakes and Ponds, to celebrate lakes and to encourage residents to join in water quality protection efforts focused on lakes.
The theme for this year’s event is “Pathways to Healthy Lakes”. Rebecca Lindenmeyr of the Linden L.A.N.D. Group will be the keynote speaker, and will share her experiences integrating nature into the design of our buildings and landscapes. Her presentation will cover general benefits of natural landscaping, bringing nature inside, innovative approaches to creating views, biomimicry, and architectural approaches that improve well-being. Learn how nature integration will change how we view the spaces we live in, our relationship to the land that surrounds us, and our management practices.
Additional morning presentations include a session on the new municipal road standards and slope stabilization methods for roads along lakes, an address from Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore, and information about funding opportunities through the Leahy Center Environmental Summit. Afternoon workshops will cover a variety of topics, including cyanobacteria monitoring, aquatic invasive species decontamination, lake-friendly landscaping, and a field trip to North Montpelier Pond to learn about the Vermont Invasive Patrollers program. There will be something for everyone and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow lake leaders from around the state.