2019 Cyanobacteria Monitor Trainings

Bob and Mary McKearin, LCC cyanobacteria monitors for Burlington's North Beach.

Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake!

Monitoring begins in June and runs through the end of September with as many monitors as possible continuing to collect data into the fall. Both new and returning monitors need to receive annual training. Participants must have weekly access to the same shoreline location (either public or private) and be able to file online reports. The program provides critical data on where and when blooms are happening and is relied on by citizens as well as health, environmental and recreation agencies. It also provides data to help understand the triggers for blooms so we can reduce their frequency. Data from the monitoring program is regularly uploaded to the Lake Champlain cyanobacteria data tracker map hosted by the Vermont Department of health and accessible to anyone with internet access.

We will be scheduling more training sessions in the future based on public interest. Complete our cyanobacteria monitor interest form if you're interested in monitoring or want to attend a training session to learn more about the lake. Feel free to share this invite with other lake lovers.

The LCC monitor training sessions are free and open to the public but please pre-register to ensure we have enough space and materials. Presentations will last about an hour and a half and provide background about cyanobacteria (AKA blue-green algae), guidance on how to differentiate it from other lake phenomena, instructions for assessing water conditions, and actions to take to reduce blooms. Contact us at lcc@ lakechamplaincommittee.org or (802) 658-1414 if you have any questions or would like to help organize a training session for your community.

Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 AM
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
29 Tabor Road, Swanton, VT

Thursday, May 30 at 1:00 PM
Lake Champlain Basin Program
54 W Shore Rd, Grand Isle, VT

Thursday, May 30 at 5:00 PM
Nomad Coffee
208 Flynn Ave #3i, Burlington, VT

Tuesday, June 4 at 9:00 AM
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
4472 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes, VT

Tuesday, June 4 at 2:00 PM
Willsboro Visitors Center
3743 Main St, Willsboro, NY

Friday, June 7 at 2:00 PM
GreenTARA Space
3275 US-2, North Hero, VT

Monday, June 10 at 8:30 AM
Lake Champlain Committee
208 Flynn Ave Bldg 3, STE 3F, Burlington, VT

Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 PM
Valcour Inn & Boat House
3712 U.S. 9, Peru, NY

Stay tuned for more cyanobacteria monitoring trainings dates!

LCC's cyanobacteria monitoring program is conducted in collaboration with New York and Vermont public health and environmental agencies and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. We are grateful for funding support from LCC members and the Lake Champlain Basin Program for the 2019 season.