Saving Our Waters

Vermont PBS tackles the urgent need to protect our water, including issues facing Lake Champlain and other vital waterways in Vermont.

Through episodes and town hall meetings, we aim to further a statewide conversation on how all Vermonters can help to save our waters!

Major funding provided by Vermont EPSCoR

The Program

Saving Our Waters, is comprised of three thought-provoking short documentaries covering steps toward keeping our waterways clean; the impacts of phosphorus and other contaminants; and using the science behind the issues to derive solutions that have positive impact on our communities. Featuring interviews with scientists, citizens, farmers, business owners, and dozens of other stakeholders, the series creates a comprehensive look at the health of the entire watershed of the lake, which encompasses approximately 40% of the state. Saving Our Waters aims to examine the state of the Lake Champlain Basin today with an eye toward practical solutions to keeping Vermont’s waterways clean in an age of extreme weather events.

Produced by Vermont PBS together with independent producers Fran Stoddard and Vince Franke. Both have vast experience with producing content focused on raising cultural and environmental awareness. Read press release.
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Vermont PBS hosted multiple town hall meetings in three of the communities most affected by watershed issues. The events are over but we are bringing you videos of these in-depth conversations.

Events sponsored by ECHO Leahy Center

Coordinator of the Vermont Clean Water Network

Thinking Like a Watershed

A conversation about water quality science, policies, and advocacy in the Lake Champlain watershed, with community members and an expert panel.

Host: Fran Stoddard

Asim Zia, Ph.D.
Vermont EPSCoR
Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) Integrated Assessment Co-Leader UVM, Associate Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics Dept.

Julie Moore
Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR)
Former Water Resources Group Leader at Stone Environmental, Montpelier VT

Jon Groveman, Esq.
Policy and Water Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) Former Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board(NRB)

Recorded Nov. 1, 2017 at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington

Our Lakes Matter

A conversation focusing on cyanobacteria blooms, water quality science, what can be done, and changing policies, with community members and an expert panel.

Host: Fran Stoddard

Andrew Schroth, Ph.D.
Vermont EPSCoR
Lake Watershed Team Leader
UVM, Associate Research Professor of Geology

Chuck Ross
Director, UVM Extension
Former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Lori Fisher
Executive Director, Lake Champlain Committee

Recorded Nov. 15, 2017at 14th Star Brewing Company, St. Albans

Resilience in a Time of Extreme Events

A conversation focusing on efforts to address water quality in local waterways and the science information best practices, with community members and an expert panel.

Host: Fran Stoddard

Chris Koliba, Ph.D.
Vermont EPSCoR
Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) Social Systems Leader
UVM, Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics Dept.

Alan Betts, Ph.D.
Independent climate scientist at Alan Betts Atmospheric Research, Pittsford VT. Known as Vermont’s leading climate scientist.

Kari Dolan
Program Manager, Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Recorded Nov. 8, 2017 at Paramount Theatre, Rutland

“We all play a role in the rich history, economic vitality and recreational lifestyle that is tied to Lake Champlain. Saving Our Waters aims to educate Vermonters around the science behind water pollution and to support a dialogue around the ways in which we can all create the circumstances for cleaner waterways.”

- Holly Groschner, President and CEO of Vermont PBS


We all have a shared stake in ensuring that our lakes and streams are resilient to the changes we can expect from changing weather patterns and land uses. Participate in the crowd sourcing of solutions to the challenges we face in the coming years and decades.

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
Friends of Northern Lake Champlain is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to improve water quality in Lake Champlain.

An active, non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration of the Missisquoi River, its tributaries, and the Missisquoi Bay.

Lake Champlain Committee
The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC), with a history of over 50 years, is the region's only bi-state citizens' organization dedicated to lake health and accessibility.

Additional funding provided by...
The Waterwheel Foundation
Hickok&Boardman Insurance Group
Gardener's Supply Company
NRG Systems
Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation
Vermont Fish & Wildlife