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!
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.
Where Do We Stand?
Watersheds, lakes and ponds, climate change, current efforts to save our waters.
Lake Champlain: A Jewel in Trouble
Human effects on the lake, current regulations, with an eye toward practical solutions.
Our Actions Matter
What government, municipalities, farms, businesses and individuals can do.
Add your voice to the conversation...
Vermont PBS is hosting multiple town hall meetings in three of the communities most affected by watershed issues. The events will consist of a 30-minute screening of one episode of the series followed by a 90-minute discussion hosted by Fran Stoddard with scientists, advocates and policy-makers with diverse opinions about the issues at hand and the way forward. All events are free to the public.
Events sponsored by ECHO Leahy Center
Coordinator of the Vermont Clean Water Network
Asim Zia, Ph.D.
Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) Integrated Assessment Co-Leader UVM, Associate Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics Dept.
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
Andrew Schroth, Ph.D.
Lake Watershed Team Leader
UVM, Associate Research Professor of Geology
Director, UVM Extension
Former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Executive Director, Lake Champlain Committee
Recorded Nov. 15, 2017at 14th Star Brewing Company, St. Albans
Chris Koliba, Ph.D.
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.
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
Canadian Perspectives on Water
Host: Fran Stoddard
Dr. Christiane Hudon
Environment & Climate Change Canada
Quebec Citizens Advisory Committee for the Lake Champlain Basin Program
Dr. Pierre-Yves Caux
Director of Science and Engineering, International Joint Commission
Vermont Clean Water Network Panel Discussion
A panel discussion examining the challenges and opportunities for restoring the lakes and rivers of Vermont. Recorded Jan. 22, 2018 at Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Montpelier
Moderator: Anne Galloway, Executive Director VTDigger
Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Sen. Christopher Bray
Chair, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy
Rep. David Deen
Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife
Policy and Water Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
Co-Owner, The Alchemist
Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Market
“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.”
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.