Progress

Vermont’s Youth Conservationists hard at work to restore Lake Carmi shoreline areas

VYCC Community Crew Members reducing the pitch of an eroding shoreline at an old ad-hoc boat ramp, to reduce sediment runoff.  Once completed, sediment and nutrient erosion to the lake will have been significantly reduced.

VYCC Community Crew Members reducing the pitch of an eroding shoreline at an old ad-hoc boat ramp, to reduce sediment runoff. Once completed, sediment and nutrient erosion to the lake will have been significantly reduced.

Last week, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ (VYCC) Community Crew 17 descended upon Lake Carmi to conduct shoreline restoration in partnership with the Franklin Watershed Committee (FWC).  Between Monday and Friday, seven 16 to 21 year olds, under the direction of VYCC crew leader Andy Fusco and FWC Director Alisha Sawyer, worked on several different shoreline locations to address shoreland erosion and replant lakeshore buffers.  On Friday afternoon, Watershed Management Division (WSMD) staff and Franklin Watershed Committee members got together with the students to host a mini workshop on water quality issues in Lake Carmi and beyond.  The Conservationists learned about water quality science and management, and how their work dovetails with the broader mission of the Watershed Management Division to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore surface waters.  WSMD is pleased to work with this next generation of watershed managers who are, for now, still a little wet behind the ears.