Climate Change and Stormwater Workshops

The Lake Champlain Basin Program will host two climate change-focused workshops March 25-26, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, VT. The March 25th workshop will focus on stormwater management, while the March 26th workshop, concurrent with the New England Association of Environmental Biologists (NEAEB) Annual Meeting, will focus on ecosystem impacts and aquatic invasive species threats to Lake Champlain.

The stormwater management workshop is designed for those looking to gain a better understanding of how climate change may impact management strategies in our region. The target audience includes regional planners, stormwater engineers, municipal workers and conservation district managers. The goal of this workshop is to identify and review sound management tools that will adapt to a changing environment and provide a broad overview of stormwater strategies around the Basin. Topics that will be covered include: Green Infrastructure Recommendations, Applying Low Impact Design Standards in the Champlain Basin, and a roundtable discussion focusing on stormwater management with respect to climate change. An opening plenary will be given by Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Associate Professor at the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Climatologist. Dr. Dupigny-Giroux will give an overview of climate change scenarios and how they will impact Lake Champlain.

The workshop focused on climate change impacts on Lake Champlain’s Aquatic Ecosystem is designed to provide a better understanding of how climate change may impact native aquatic and invasive species management strategies in our region. The target audience includes watershed associations and conservation and resource managers from around the region. This workshop will identify sound management tools that can be applied in a changing environment, and provide a broad overview of aquatic invasive species (AIS) pathways and threats to Lake Champlain. Topics that will be covered include: Predicted Climate Impacts on Native Aquatic Species, AIS Pathways and Potential New Threats, and a roundtable discussion focusing on ANS management tools with respect to climate change. An opening plenary presentation will be given by Dr. Curt Stager, Professor of Environmental Science at Paul Smith’s College, and a renowned expert on climate change. Dr. Stager will give an overview of climate change scenarios and how they will impact Lake Champlain. Following the workshop, a joint LCBP-NEAEB networking reception and poster session will be at ECHO Lake Aquarium. Please see information below to submit a poster abstract. Please direct your questions to scastle@lcbp.org. A draft agenda is attached.

To register contact Stephanie Castle, scastle@lcbp.org. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided at no cost. Seating is limited; the workshop will be limited to 50 participants.

Lodging: If you are interested in staying overnight in Burlington, please click here to receive the discounted rate of $105/night at the Hilton before March 10th: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/B/BTTVTHF-NEA-20140324/index.jhtml.

The New England Association of Environmental Biologists (NEAEB) meeting will held March 26-28 at the Hilton in Burlington. Registration is only $70 for 3 days. For more information: http://www.epa.gov/region1/neaeb2014/index.html