Last Saturday, my partner and I went to the Chew-Chew Festival on the Waterfront, mainly to check out the bizarre Court TV sideshow that I wrote about for this week's paper (available online tomorrow). While we were there, we stopped by ECHO, the lake aquarium and science center for the first time — admission was half price this weekend.
Upon entering the center, we saw a sign by the door advertising ECHO's new blog, Voices for the Lake, which debuted Saturday. They're hoping Vermonters will use the site to promote a public dialogue about the state of the lake. "Your voice counts!" reads the welcome message at the top of the blog. "Use this online journal to share your concerns, opinions and ideas about improving the health of Lake Champlain, and to discover what others are thinking and feeling about the Lake."
It's exciting that one of Vermont's premier attractions is using a blog to encourage a public conversation. It might help remind people that we all need to take some responsibility for keeping our water clean. And it might initiate a few more Vermonters into the blogosphere, helping to answer the questions, "What the heck is a blog? And why would I want to read one?"
The public conversation seems to be off to a bit of a slow start — they've only got 2 comments so far. I think it's smart for other Vermont bloggers to help these folks get the dialogue under way. Why not stop by and leave a comment?