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Café Scientifique Topic 28: Lake Defenders

Thursday, March 14, 2013
From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

A host of exotic invaders including water milfoil, zebra mussels, Asian clam and the new discovery of spiny water flea threaten to permanently impact the ecological and economic systems that residents depend on for daily life. Watersheds as far away as Lake Tahoe are increasingly infected with invasive species. “Lake Defenders” highlights the work of citizens, scientists and nonprofit organizations that have joined together to take back Lake George from these invaders and tracks their progress as they attempt to create a model that can be replicated across the United States. After the movie, our panel discussion will consist of Emily DeBolt, Director of Education for the Lake George Association; Bright Blue EcoMedia and multiple Emmy-award winning producer Victor Guadagno; and Artie Seelig, Lake Tahoe Steward and member of the Lake Champlain Basin Program's Lake Stewards. Suggested donation $5. Cash bar opens at 6.30 p.m., discussion begins at 7 p.m.; light hors d’oeuvres sponsored by VT Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society.

Panel participant descriptions:
Emily DeBolt is the Director of Education for the Lake George Association, the nation’s oldest lake association and the leading citizen group working to protect Lake George’s water quality. She oversees their Floating Classroom and Lake Steward programs, as well as working on invasive species, land use, and a variety of other water-quality related issues.

Victor Guadagno is the founding member and president of Bright Blue EcoMedia, whose mission is to communicate transitional strategies through film. Victor has been active in the fields of film production, education, communication, system development and program management for over 20 years. He has received four Emmy nominations and was won the Emmy in 2008 for “Writer Producer of New Media” for his work on Emerging Science, and the Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Environmental Program for “Bloom, the Plight of Lake Champlain”.

Artie Seelig, having previously been a steward on Lake Tahoe, is a seasoned member of the Lake Champlain Basin Program's Lake Stewards and in the winter a volunteer for the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room at ECHO. A Lake Steward’s job is to station themselves at popular boat launches between late June and Labor Day, informing people about aquatic nuisance plant and animal species spread prevention from one body of water to another. They are also trained to perform voluntary boat inspections for invasive species and collect boat launch use survey data.

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