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.

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 for the trainings below via our cyanobacteria monitor interest form to ensure that we have enough space and materials.  

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 (Food will be provided)
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 9:00 AM
Shelburne Town Municipal Office Building - Meeting room #1
5420 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 

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

Monday, June 10 at 8:30 AM
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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
*This training is accompanied by an optional information session (hosted by LCBP) on Lake Champlain's food web, which takes place at the same location from 4:00-5:00 PM. Click here to read more. 

Tuesday, June 18 at 9:00 AM
Lake Champlain Committee
208 Flynn Ave Bldg 3, STE 3F, Burlington, VT

Thursday, June 20 at 9:00 AM
South Burlington City Hall - Conference room
575 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 

Thursday, June 27 at 9:00 AM
Willsboro Visitors Center
3743 Main St, Willsboro, NY

Stay tuned for more cyanobacteria monitoring trainings dates!

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.

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.