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Lake Champlain Basin Program seeks local grant proposalslakechamplainbasinprogram_LOGO

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is seeking proposals for local grants to support the implementation of the long term management plan for Lake Champlain, Opportunities for Action plan.lcbp.org.  The LCBP anticipates awarding more than 50 local grants totaling up to $650,000. Funding for these awards originates from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the National Park Service through agreements with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program’s 2014 Local Implementation Grant programs will include:

  • Pollution Prevention & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Grants (up to $20,000 per grant),
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants (up to $15,000 per grant),
  • Education and Outreach Grants (up to $7,500 per grant),
  • Organizational Support Grants (up to $4,000 per grant), and
  • Local Water Trail Development Grants (up to $7,500 per grant).

The deadline for submitting LCBP grant proposals is Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. Grant guidelines and applications for each category are found on the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s website at www.lcbp.org/about-us/grants-rfps/available-grants/.

For further information about these grant opportunities or to obtain hard copies of the guidelines and applications, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT 05458 or call at (802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227.

Horse owners sought for manure composting program

Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District seeks horse owners to participate in manure composting program

horseownerThe Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD) recently received an Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) Grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) to develop a horse manure composting program. WNRCD staff are expecting work with horse owners within the District (Chittenden County, Washington County and the towns of Orange, Williamstown, and Washington) to improve water quality conditions by preventing manure and manure runoff from entering local waterways. WNRCD staff members are reaching out to horse owners of between one and ten horses, to participate in the manure composting program. Participants will receive compost bins and important manure composting information.

Small horse farms produce a significant quantity of manure; each day a mature horse can produce up to a cubic foot of manure. When horse manure is not managed properly it can leach nutrients and pathogens to surface and groundwater. Understandably, horse manure is often piled in easily accessible and convenient locations on the land. However, a horse owner may be unaware of how snow melt and rain may interact with the pile to cause polluted runoff to enter local waterways.

Through this program, the Winooski Conservation District will work with horse owners to identify suitable locations to store manure and to compost manure that are both environmentally friendly and convenient for the landowner. Composting manure allows soiled bedding material and animal waste to break down and create an extremely valuable input for the land. Composting manure can also improve water quality by preventing polluted runoff from entering water bodies.

Horse owners interested in participating in this program should contact Laura Dlugolecki for more information: laura@winooskinrcd.org or (802) 288-8155, x104.

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Essex Junction resident elected Vermont State Director of New England Water Works Association

Randi McCuin of Essex Junction has been elected state director for Vermont by the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.

McCuin is a senior microbiologist for Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in program management, environmental consulting, and geospacial+metadata+software headquartered in Scituate, Mass.

She has also served as co-principal investigator on several research studies on the development of detection methods for various pathogenic organisms in water and wastewater.

Previously, McCuin was the laboratory manager for Clancy Environmental Consultants, Inc., of St. Albans.

She received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Johnson State College and an AAS from Paul Smiths College in ecology/environmental technology.

She has served on the Standard Methods Microbiological Section Committee of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for ten years. She is also a member of the Organism in Water Committee.

McCuin was one of the original members of the NEWWA Laboratory Operations Committee.

She is also a member of the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference Institute and the American Society of Microbiologists.