On June 7th, 2024, the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds and the Vermont DEC held our Annual Lake Seminar: Impacts of Recent Floods on Vermont Lakes.

As a result of climate change, annual precipitation and the intensity of heavy rain events are increasing in Vermont. Since most erosion and the resulting nutrient transport occur in the heaviest rain events, these trends represent a threat to the water quality of Vermont lakes and highlight a need for actions to reduce stormwater impacts.

Topics & speakers included:

> Opening remarks from Vermont DEC Commissioner Jason Batchelder

> Exploring the water quality impacts of the July 2023 storm in the Lake Champlain Basin – Matthew Vaughan – Lake Champlain Basin Program Chief Scientist, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst

> Recent flooding impacts on Vermont Lakes – Peter Isles – Limnologist, Project Leader, Lake Champlain Long-Term and Cyanobacteria Monitoring – VTDEC

> Flooding Impacts on Inland Lakes – Peter Danforth – Director, Lamoille County Conservation District

> Shadow Lake Responses to Flooding – Kurt Mueller – Shadow Lake

> Lakes and Ponds Updates – Laura Dlugolecki – Environmental Scientist, Lakes and Ponds Protection – VTDEC

> Road Flood Resilience Cases and Road Best Management Practices – Evelyn Boardman – Environmental Analyst – VTDEC, Todd Eaton – Vermont Local Roads Branch Manager – VTrans

> Impact of Flooding and Water Clarity on Loons – Eric Hanson – Vermont Loon Conservation Project, Vermont Center for Ecostudies

> Future Impacts from Climate Change – Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux – UVM Distinguished Professor and Vermont State Climatologist

All collected presentations and a recording of the video from the seminar are now available here: https://vermontlakes.org/2024-lake-seminar/