REGION – There’s no question that Vermont’s 800 lakes and ponds, 23,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 300,000 acres of wetlands are a point of pride and reverence for everyone from seventh-generation Vermonters to weekend tourists. This week, dozens of nonprofit organizations, state agencies, communities, and businesses will celebrate these special places during Vermont’s 2nd Clean Water Week from July 29 to Aug. 4, 2018.
“Water is life – it serves as the foundation for everyday activities and is embedded in the manufacture and transport of nearly everything – from electricity to milk, from hamburgers to semiconductors – we consume and use. That’s why it’s so important for us to come together during Clean Water Week to celebrate Vermont’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams and reaffirm our shared commitment to protect and restore these amazing places and vital assets,” said Julie Moore, secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. “Restoring and maintaining clean water throughout Vermont requires us to be all in. Keeping our lakes, rivers, and wetlands healthy is a direct investment in our well-being and our future.”
There are nearly 80 free public events happening across the state as part of Clean Water Week, including family-friendly options and several evening events like the Clean Water Cafes in Southern Vermont.
- Thursday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. – Clean Water Cafe at JD McCliments Pub in Putney. Hosted by Connecticut River Conservancy, Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance, Windham Regional Commission, and Windham County Natural Resource Conservation District. What are your concerns, thoughts, favorite fishing holes? Come share your knowledge, questions, comments, stories, and ideas. Bring a friend, and join us for this casual and open conversation.
- Thursday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Wastewater Solutions for Un-Sewered Villages at the Townshend Town Hall in Townshend, Vt. Join the Wastewater Forum if you need wastewater solution for your village. Share your village’s needs. Learn about community approaches, technical solutions, and financing options.
- Thursday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 3, from 3 to 4 p.m. – Stream Ecology at Jamaica State Park in Jamaica, Vt. The goal of this event is to understand who lives in the West River and the role they play in keeping the water clean, habitat management, food cycle, the importance of clean water, and water conservation. This program is weather dependent.
For the full list of Clean Water Week events, visit www.dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/clean-water-week.