Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lake Champlain Basin Flood Resilience Conference

The Lake Champlain Basin Program will be hosting the Lake Champlain Basin Flood Resilience Conference Monday, June 4th through Tuesday, June 5th at the University of Vermont. The results of this conference will provide Vermont, New York and Québec governments with technical and policy information about the flood events from Lake Champlain’s spring 2011 record high water level and tropical storm Irene last August. Speakers from all three jurisdictions will share their knowledge with researchers, government officials and the public.

Bill Howland, LCBP Program Manager noted, “This two day conference draws information from two technical workshops held in Quebec in February and New York in May.” Howland stated that many topics will be covered including flood response for rivers and lakeshores, emergency response, flood vulnerability assessment, as well as impacts to agriculture, and more. It is through the cooperative effort of many lake and river partners, including the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, that this conference will be made possible.

On Monday night, June 4th, there will be special session from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for the public, especially for those who may not be able to attend the daytime sessions. In addition to a panel of presenters, a facilitated discussion will also take place with audience members about “What needs to be fixed?”

A draft agenda is posted on the LCBP website [pdf]. Registration links are also available from the LCBP’s homepage. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required and free through May 30th. If space is still available on the conference days, a $15 registration fee will apply to those who do not pre-register. For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program at (802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227.

Photo: A sediment plume from the Ausable River and Dead Creek created by flooding in the Spring of 2011. Courtesy the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

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