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January 2010 | Issue #10

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Lake Champlain Research Conference

Social Marketing Workshop - Feb 10th

New Requests for Proposals

Educator Workshops for 2010/11


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We hope you are enjoying the tranquility of the season and we wish you a wonderful New Year! 


The LCBP will kick off 2010 with several new requests for proposals for Lake Champlain research projects. In February we'll host a Social Marketing Workshop targeted for watershed and other lake-education groups. We also hope that many of you will submit abstracts for the research conference in June or attend. Teachers will want to mark their calendars for the 2010/2011 "Watershed for Every Classroom". Read below for details!

Lake Champlain in winter.

IMAGE: Sunset reflected on a frozen Lake Champlain.



Abstracts for the 2010 Lake Champlain conference and for papers in the special Lake Champlain edition of the Journal of Great Lakes Research are due on January 15th, 2010. 


Lake Champlain Research Conference 2010Sponsored by the Lake Champlain Research Consortium (LCRC) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), the conference will be be held at the Davis Center on the University of Vermont Campus on June 7 and 8, 2010.  All individuals involved in research related to the Lake Champlain Basin are invited to submit abstracts for consideration as oral or poster presentations addressing, but not limited to, the following areas: physical limnology, fish communities, watershed processes, nutrient management, emerging contaminants and toxins of concern, climate change, habitat and wildlife, plankton, aquatic invasive species, and ecological economics.  The goal of this conference is to bring the research community together to share knowledge, identify needs, and enhance communication and collaboration among disciplines.  Keynote presentations will focus on the economic value of natural resources and the effects of climate change on fisheries in the Lake Champlain Basin. Download the conference flyer for more details.
Conference Registration: 
Registration details will be posted on the LCRC website ( in January 2010.  The anticipated registration fee will be approximately $50 per person, inclusive of meals.





Getting Your Feet Wet with Social Marketing in Watershed Outreach Campaigns: The Workshop

When: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Time: 9am - 5pm
Where: Main Street Landing* Great Room, Burlington, VT   
Cost: $20/person. This includes all materials and lunch & breakfast/afternoon snacks. Registration is required by January 29th! 


Go beyond awareness in your watershed educational campaigns to changing attitudes and polluting behaviors! Join the LCBP for a hands-on workshop with national expert, Jack Wilbur of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. The workshop will cover defining problems and behavioral change solutions, identifying your key audiences, developing messages, evaluating success, and more. 


* Thank you to Main Street Landing for co-hosting this event.


For questions about this workshop call the LCBP at 802-372-3213 or 800-468-5227.





The LCBP will release five requests for proposals (RFPs) this winter, totalling nearly $700,000 in new funding. We will send out announcements when the RFPs are released with more details. They will be posted on the Requests for Proposals page of the LCBP website.


  • Early January: Habitat Connectivity (Great Lakes Fisheries Commission funding)
  • Late January: Identification of Critical Source Areas of Phosphorus Pollution within the Vermont Sector of the Missisquoi Bay Basin (International Joint Commission funding)
  • Late January: Internal Nutrient Loading for Missisquoi Bay (US Environmental Protection Agency and VT Agency of Natural Resources funding)
  • February: Climate Change Adaptation Research (US Environmental Protection Agency funding)
  • February: Roadside Ditch Practices and Impacts to Lake Champlain Water Quality (US Environmental Protection Agency funding) 






A Watershed for Every Classroom - 2010-2011 A Watershed for Every Classroom (WEC) is a year-long professional development experience for educators in the Lake Champlain Basin (Vermont, New York and Quebec), brought to you by the Champlain Basin Education Initiatve partners. It offers teachers inspiration, knowledge and skills to frame exciting place-based curriculum. Mark your calendars for 2010/2011 workshop dates and please print and post the workshop flyer at your local school:

  • July 14-16 & 19-20, 2010
  • October 1-2, 2010
  • February 4-5, 2011
  • May 6-7, 2011

The estimated fee for this course is $400.00 and partial scholarships will be available. Five graduate credits will also be available for an additional fee.

Registration and more details will be forthcoming or for more information contact Colleen Hickey at or call (802) 372-3213 ext. 11.





LCBP LogoMain Office in Grand Isle:


54 West Shore Road

Grand Isle, VT 05458

(802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227 (toll-free in NY & VT)


LCBP Resource Room: The Resource Room at The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (top floor of ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center) is open to the public seven days/week. Call (802) 864-1848 ext. 109 for more information. 



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