June 11, 2019 - Cyanobacteria Monitor Training and Lake Champlain Food Web

Both events are free and open to the public - attend one or both of them! Photo credit LCBP.

Join the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) and Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) for one or both of these fun lakeside events!

Both events will take place at the Valcour Inn & Boat House, 3712 U.S. 9, Peru, NY.

Scoping Out Lake Champlain’s Food Web
4:00-5:00 PM

Tim Mihuc, Lake Champlain Research Institute-SUNY Plattsburgh will give a presentation on "Lake Champlain’s Food Web". Followed by "Exploring Phytoplankton and Zooplanktion" by Nate Trachte, Lake Champlain Sea Grant. This event will wrap up with a tour of SUNY‘s research vessel dockside! 

Cyanobacteria Monitoring Training
5:30-8:00 PM

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.

The LCC monitor training sessions are free and open to the public. Presentations will last about two and a half hours 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.

*Please pre-register here to ensure we have enough materials. 

Click here to view the full list of cyanobacteria monitor trainings for the 2019 season.